Mark Marissen, former prime minister Paul Martin's principal operative in British Columbia, is backing Stephane Dion's prospective bid to become the next federal Liberal leader, Public Eye has exclusively learned. According to a senior British Columbia Liberal, Mr. Marissen is acting as a coordinator for Mr. Dion to "try to help him figure out if there's the organizational will around the country" to support such a bid. The senior Liberal went onto to say that "if there was a campaign and if he were to decide to run then (Mr. Marissen) would likely be the national campaign manager." And that might explain why James Hatton and Jennifer (nee Schlotter) are hosting the upcoming reception for John Godfrey rather than Mr. Marissen and his wife, former provincial cabinet minister Christy Clark.
March 14, 2006