Absent where the heart is fonder

Opposition leader Carole James poll numbers may be going south in British Columbia, with the latest survey from the Mustel Research Group Ltd. showing support for her party sagging at 37 percent. But back east, where such news may be as yet unknown, she's going to be guest speaker at the Ontario New Democrat's 2006 Cornerstone Leader's Dinner. In an interview with Public Eye, provincial secretary Diane O'Reggio told us "There's a number of folks who are really excited to have Carole here - especially coming out of the work she did in B.C. and her recent victories." Ontario party leader Howard Hampton will also be speaking at the love-in, which is being held at Toronto's Liberty Grand Entertainment Complex (whose address, appropriately enough, is 24 British Columbia Road). Proceeds from the event will be partially go toward the construction of a new party headquarters in Ontario. Individual tickets are $150, with table sponsorship opportunities ranging from $4,000 to $7,500.

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Carole James will also be speaking at the Pitt Meadows Golf Club on the evening of Friday, June 23rd. Tickets are $100 each.

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