Former provincial Liberal backbencher Sheila Orr will soon be breaking bread with New Democrat leader Carole James. But that privilege isn't going to come cheap. In an interview with your humble organ, Ms. Orr confirmed she and local philanthropist Donna Thomas are paying $300 to schmooze with Ms. James in the legislative dining room. That was the final price tag of "A Bite with Carol" - one of the auction items at a April 1 fundraiser for the Citizens Counselling Centre. Said Ms. Orr, "It's a great organization to support. They actually give services - counselling services - to people who can't afford to pay a counsellor. So, for $10, you get to go see a counsellor. And, as far as I'm concerned, this was a non-partisan event." Ms. Orr added she wouldn't be providing any free political counselling services to Ms. James during their meal.
April 27, 2006