Billy (joins the) club

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
Saanich, BC

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. Stéphane 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 Université de Montréal 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 Québec in 2008.

Jamie Elmhirst, President

Liberal Party of Canada (BC)

10 Comments

God, the party is really bi-polar! Ignatieff has his event at the Union Club with a group of stuffy self-important people and Dion has one at a rec centre in Gordon Head of all places where people who drive pickup trucks and have screaming kids are going to feel at home. I wonder wich group is going to win at the end.

none of these libs are going to win.... we will have a conservative majority very soon. throwing the "weight" around is doing no good. when some of us libs told the brass to keep clean and do good they turned to marrisen, cunningham, ehlmhirst and the bassi boys. now see victoria, the island and bc - no support. JUST WEIGHT

Billy just follows his Mark daddy

"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."

Yeah right. It was that kind of skewed talking that caused our party to collapse.

Why not tell this event for what it is. It's a
meet the next leadership contender meet.

Otherwise there's no need for the background to be there.

Wonder why other Liberals aren't miffed that the Party isn't using a one person one vote system?

Hardly democratic.

Any federal Liberal here going to that meeting going to ask Dion if he's elected leader that he will do away with candidate appointments? It's hardly a democratic way to choose a candidate.

That tub Bill Cunningham was appointed as a candidate in 2004.

See that Stephan Dion launched his campaign for the leaderhip of the Liberals. His campaign chair is Don Boudrais.

So that means the Chretieniste will be supporting
Dion.

Who are the Martinites supporting?

Anyone in the federal Liberals getting tired of this Chretien / Martin schism?

If the federal Liberals really want to be new,
they should try someone who isn't connected directly or indirectly with the Martin People or Chretien People.

Both have had their time. Find some totally new
people with new ideas.

Dion has a PhD. For someone who is educated at the highest level, he sure does stupid things.
Bringing in Boudrais and other Chretieniste into his campaign?

"Dion has a PhD. For someone who is educated at the highest level, he sure does stupid things. Bringing in Boudrais and other Chretieniste into his campaign?"

Posted by RedMan on April 7, 2006 08:27 AM


Didn't you read Sean's story? Billy Cunningham is on his campaign. You know, the staunch Martinite from BC. Oh, and so is Mark Marissen, Paul Martin's former top BC guy.

The schism is dead. Nobody is a hyphenated Liberal anymore.

I am sure it's headline news that Burnaby's Bill Cunningham, the former $100,000 plus per year Director of Donut Hole Punching in the Regional Minister's Office at Library Square, is now supporting Stephan Dion for Liberal Leader. Not.

What might be at least backpage news is a story detailing what exactly Cunningham has done for gainful employment since last December when he quit to take another unsuccessful run at Bill Siksay. Has the Royal Bank taken him back? Will the BC Liberal Govt come to the rescue with a sinecure of some kind?

Why will anyone in BC care about Stephanie Dion? He seems to be exactly what people in BC don't like about the Liberal party. ribit!

In other news, TDH had to eat crow today. Maybe Ross will take notes from this site and try some fact checking before posting every rumour that any nitwit with a grudge makes up & sends his way.

"Didn't you read Sean's story? Billy Cunningham is on his campaign. You know, the staunch Martinite from BC. Oh, and so is Mark Marissen, Paul Martin's former top BC guy.

The schism is dead. Nobody is a hyphenated Liberal anymore."

Cunningham and Marissen are there to earn a paycheque, since they will be leading the BC Team for the Dion campaign. I'm sure that Bruce Clark (Christy's brother) will also be involved.
He's a Martinite too.

They aren't there for the good of the party. If Dion wins, those nuts get jobs. There's going to
be clashses since Boudrais is leading the national campaign and I'm sure quite a few of his Chretieniste will be in on it too.

Either you're a Chretieniste-Liberal or a Martinite-Liberal.

Has to be either one. The end of the race will
come down to either the Chretieniste winning or the Martinites winning. If Dion wins, the Chretieniste elements will have a fight over the party with the Martiniste elements, so the
long traditional schism is still intact.

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