Earlier this week, the Globe and Mail's Campbell Clark and Karen Howlett reported Stephane Dion will make his bid for the federal Liberal leadership official tomorrow at Montreal's Palais des Congres. And, according to our operatives, he'll be doing some blackslapping in British Columbia two days later. A presently unannounced event in Surrey has been pencilled into his schedule. And he'll also be in the Garden City for a shoulder-rubbing session at the Gordon Head Recreation Centre between 10:00 and 11:15 - a far more populist venue than the Union Club, which recently hosted Ivy Leaguer Michael Igantieff's earlier soiree. Meanwhile, in other Dion campaign related news, former British Columbia party president and election candidate Billy Cunningham is throwing his weight behind Mr. Dion. The following is a complete copy of the email for the candidate's Victoria reception.
From: Jamie Elmhirst
Sent: April 5, 2006 2:02 PM
To: 'Jamie Elmhirst'
Subject: Stephane Dion Reception in Victoria - Sunday, April 9th
You are cordially invited to a reception with
Hon. Stephane Dion
Sunday, April 9, 2006
10:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
At the Bert Richman Auditorium
Gordon Head Recreation Centre
4100 Lambrick Way
Please join us as we discuss the future of the Liberal Party of Canada and the LPC in B.C.
This reception is another in a series of similar gatherings in British Columbia featuring prominent Liberals from across Canada.
We think it is important to have an open dialogue about the future of our Party and who should lead it. This is neither intended nor should be interpreted as an endorsement or support of any particular candidate for the upcoming leadership race in the Liberal Party of Canada but rather a chance to meet and help form the debate to ensure BC issues are front and centre.
This event is open to all interested Liberals. Please feel free to forward this invitation.
Brief Biography of the Hon. Dr. Stephane Dion, PC, MP, PhD
First elected in a 1996 by-election, Stephane Dion was re-elected in 1997, 2000, 2004 and 2006. Mr. Dion is currently the Foreign Affairs Critic.
Mr. Dion obtained his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in political science from Laval University in 1977 and 1979, respectively. StÃ©phane Dion also holds a PhD in sociology from the Institut d'etudes politiques in Paris. He taught at the University of Moncton in 1984, and was a professor of political science at the UniversitÃ© de MontrÃ©al from 1984 to January 1996.
On Jan. 25, 1996, Mr. Dion was sworn in as President of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada and Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, a position he held until Dec. 12, 2003. He was appointed Minister of the Environment on July 20, 2004.
As Minister of the Environment, Mr. Dion worked hard to ensure the highest level of environmental quality while enhancing the health and well-being of Canadians.
In April 2005, Canada launched an updated climate change plan to honour its Kyoto commitment. The Notice of Intent to Regulate Greenhouse Gas Emissions was released July 2005 to show how the government intends to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from major industrial sources.
In June 2005, Mr. Dion announced $9.2 million in funding to help protect species at risk and their habitat. In July 2005, 32 terrestrial species and 7 aquatic species were added to Schedule 1, the list of species protected under the Species at Risk Act (SARA).
As Minister for the Parks Canada Agency, Mr. Dion was responsible for the protection of Canada's heritage sites. Key aspects of Canada's rich cultural heritage have been commemorated through the Minister's designation of 12 sites, 7 events and 6 persons of national historic importance and $24 million will be invested to honour the 400th anniversary of the founding of QuÃ©bec in 2008.
Jamie Elmhirst, President
Liberal Party of Canada (BC)