The bounty of the earth

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.

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Bad idea. Smacks of patronage.

Riding Presidents, members of the riding executive, campaign managers, campaign chairs and anyone who donated more than $200 to a political party should not be in line for an appointment such as this one.

The Ministers should be able to appoint their own Minsiterial Assistants and Executive Assistants, but those are political appointments.

The ALR should have agrologists and a rep from
the farming community on the board, but keep the partians out of it.

People volunteer their time to serve the province, not themselves.

John Les is way off the mark on this one.

So, anyone who is engaged in any way, shape or form in the democratic process in a partizan manner should be excluded from public service? Sounds unbelievably naive and not entirely helpful to good public policy outcomes. Individuals with partizan backgrounds of all political stripes are most often involved citizens who take public service very seriously and volunteer long hours for the benefit of their communities. As long as a person is qualified, and it sounds like Tisdale is, why would we not want to have people like this bringing their experience to the benefit of the public? I don't give a damn what party card the guy carries. What matters is competence. The guy ran the city of Chilliwak for crying out loud. I bet he knows a thing or two about Agriculture. At the very least, Tisdale has a right to go through the process like anyone else that is interested.

What happened to Walter Dyck, who also was a board member from Chilliwack? Why was he not
re-appointed?

"So, anyone who is engaged in any way, shape or form in the democratic process in a partizan manner should be excluded from public service?"


You're missing the mark. You're in there as a volunteer to serve the local riding, not to expect some political goodie. If you want to
be in the publci service, put your application in.

"Sounds unbelievably naive and not entirely helpful to good public policy outcomes."

Some of the public policy outcomes are skewed
to the wishes of the government only, not to
overall direction of public opinion.

Individuals with partizan backgrounds of all political stripes are most often involved citizens who take public service very seriously and volunteer long hours for the benefit of their communities.

Exactly. As volunteers. They are not obligated
to do so. They do it because they want to serve.


As long as a person is qualified, and it sounds like Tisdale is, why would we not want to have people like this bringing their experience to the benefit of the public?

How do we know he's qualified? Is he a P. Ag
(has an agrologist degree?) Has he been part of
the farming community? Served on the local
farm boards? A member of the Chamber of Commerce?


I don't give a damn what party card the guy carries. What matters is competence. The guy ran the city of Chilliwak for crying out loud.

So what? Why wasn't he asked when the NDP was
in power? Being Mayor doesn't qualify for appointment to the ALR. If it did, how about
Derek Corrigan of Burnaby? Doug McCallum of
Surrey?

I bet he knows a thing or two about Agriculture. At the very least, Tisdale has a right to go through the process like anyone else that is interested.

Not nessesarily. Optics is everything in politics.

The simple thing is, that he should either be
involved in community development, or being a major part of the local riding association, but not both.

We've seen the patronage from the federal Liberals, and the NDP, and previously with the Conservatives under Brian Baloney.

There's no need for a contining of that nonsense with the BC Liberals.

In essence if you're in working for the riding
association to get a political goodie down the road, then you're no use to the riding association.

You're there to volunteer to serve the riding and party. Not yourself.

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