Alberta Progressive Conservative leadership candidate Ted Morton's Lotusland fundraising pitch describes him as "a strong ally for British Columbians who want more influence for the West in Ottawa, and less Ottawa influence in Western affairs." But his competitor Jim Dinning seems to have better connections to Canada's Westernmost province. After leaving provincial politics in 1997, Finning International Inc. - a leading Caterpillar products distributor headquartered in Vancouver - appointed Mr. Dinning to their board of directors. Then, in 2003, the Campbell administration tapped him to serve Partnership British Columbia in a similar capacity. And, in the same year, he joined Armstrong Hospitality Group. Armstrong is best known as the owner and operator of Rocky Mountaineer Vacations.
September 11, 2006