Another provincial Liberal supporter could soon be appointed to the agriculture land commission, Public Eye has learned. In an interview, Solicitor General John Les confirmed Ted Tisdale, who has been his constituency association's president for the past four or five months, has applied to become a member of the commission. The minister wasn't sure about the status of Mr. Tisdale's application. But he did state, "If he were to be recommended for an appointment, certainly I'd have no issues with that at all," noting that Mr. Tisdale is Chilliwack's former chief administrative officer and a career local bureaucrat.
When asked whether he was supported Mr. Tisdale's candidacy, Agriculture and Lands Minister Pat Bell said "It's not my role to support or not support applications. So there is a process going on right now for two positions in the agricultural land commission's (south) coastal panel. So we'll let it flow through and see what happens." The recent appointment of Forest and Range Minister Rich Coleman's constituency association president John Tomlinson to that panel caused a furor in the legislature, with the New Democrat accusing the Liberals of giving patronage plums to party friends.