Earlier, we reported on Coquitlam First campaign manager Dave Teixeira's effort to get provincial Young Liberals to vote "no" in an online poll asking if the slate should "fully disclose the list of contributors to its campaigns last fall?" In an interview with your humble organ, Mr. Teixeira - who presently works as Burquitlam MLA Harry Bloy's constituency assistant - denied accusations he was attempting to manipulation public opinion. "I think it's the same as any get-out-the-vote initiative. We're simply making people aware of our position" and encouraging them to vote in the poll "if they felt that way in-kind."
But wouldn't it be easier to simply release the names of those contributors? "We've certainly talked about that," responded Mr. Texeira. "But, quite frankly, we didn't realize it was going to be like this. When we spoke with Elections BC - they simply told us" we didn't have to make our donors public.
And is the Liberal party among those donors? "Absolutely not," responded Mr. Teixeira. "I will tell you 100 percent that no political party donated finances to us whatsoever." So no in-kind donation, no financial donations, no nothing? "Nothing. And to be clear, even the NDP didn't give us any money."
Mr. Teixeira also downplayed Brian Bonney's involvement with Coquitlam First, saying it was limited to liasing with Elections British Columbia. Earlier, we reported Mr. Bonney also sent out an email urging supporters to vote "no" in the aforementioned poll.