"If you proudly consider yourself not right-of-centre but right-wing and proud of it - do you happily vote Liberal or look for some truly right-wing alternative?" That's the question CKNW's Bill Good posed to listeners last Tuesday morning. And the answer, from at least some of the callers, was resounding support for the Campbell administration. "I've always considered myself a moderate Conservative. And, therefore, I have no problem with the BC Liberal government doing it," said Dan. Mark later added, "I think we've got to look to the positive things that have been done. I think they've hit the right economic issues. And know they're doing with other things like labour - which is just a sigh of relief." And Brian gushed, "I think Gordon Campbell's doing an excellent job. I don't know why we'd want to replace someone who's doing so well for British Columbia right now." Surely, this is a strong vote of confidence in the work the Liberals have been doing during their second term in office! Or perhaps not.
According to a number of astute CKNW listeners, the voices of Dan, Mark and Brian sound like those of provincial Liberal field organizers Dan Baxter and Mark Robertson and party operations director Brian Bonney. Messrs. Baxter, Robertson and Boney haven't responded to messages left yesterday morning asking whether they called into Mr. Good's show last week. However, the voices on their answering machines seem to resemble those of the callers in question. In the past, Public Eye has caught Liberal staffers calling into talk shows under assumed names or their initials. Earlier, we also reported on Mr. Bonney's attempt to manipulate the results of an online poll being conducted by The Tri-City News.