Earlier, federal Liberal leadership candidate Michael Ignatieff announced he would touring British Columbia this summer. And, according to a schedule distributed to party members on Thursday, that tour will include stopoffs in Abbotsford, Kamloops, Kelowna and...err...at an open house at Newton-North Delta MP Sukh Dhaliwal's constituency office tomorrow. But aren't such offices supposed to be non-partisan venues? In an interview with Public Eye, Mr. Ignatieff's Western Canada campaign manager David Hurford explained, "MPs have open houses through their normal course of events...And our role is to drop in. I wouldn't characterize it as a quote leadership event. I think (Mr. Dhaliwal) is going to be having a group down there that will probably be watching the World Cup final. And it's a chance to drop in on the way out to Abbotsford. We're driving past there anyway. So we'll drop in and say hi to Sukh and his constituents. It's just us dropping in." The following is a complete copy of that schedule.
Date: Thu, 6 Jul 2006 20:21:32
Subject: Meet Michael Ignatieff
Dates Confirmed for First Leg of Michael Ignatieff's BC Summer Tour
In June, Michael announced his plans to tour British Columbia over the coming summer. Last week, we confirmed that the first phase of the tour would begin this weekend and today we can confirm dates and locations for Surrey, Abbotsford, Kamloops and Kelowna. You are invited!
Sunday, July 9
Noon Sukh Dhaliwal's constituency office open house, 113-8532 Scott Road (120th Street), Surrey
1:30pm Fraser Valley Liberal Reception, private residence, 143 Mt. Lehman Road
7:00pm Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo Liberal Riding Association reception,
Hoodoos Bar and Grill, 1000 Clubhouse Drive
Monday, July 10
Noon Kelowna-Lake Country Riding Association reception
Shiraz Room - Capri Hotel, 1171 Harvey Avenue
Additional events may be announced in the coming days. More BC dates will be announced later this month.
For more informatio! n on Michael's BC campaign, contact us at 778.386.3166 or www.michaelignatieff.ca