Loh resigns as campaign chair

Mason Loh has resigned as federal Liberal leadership candidate Bob Rae's British Columbia campaign chair, Public Eye has exclusively learned. In an interview, Harper Grey LLP partner Bryan Baynham - speaking on behalf of the Rae campaign - explained, "There were some issues related to filing of the delegate forms - that is the Form 6s. And Mr. Loh has decided to resign as chair of the campaign because some of those forms were inappropriately filled out because of the innocent mistake of some inexperienced volunteers in filling out the forms. As you can imagine, he very much regrets this occurred. He's continuing to give his complete support to Mr. Rae and his campaign. And he took this step because he wanted to ensure the integrity of the process and the integrity of the Bob Rae campaign." Mr. Baynam then added, "things happen when you have inexperienced volunteers collecting the information. And they were serious enough that he thought the party should be made aware of it. And the campaign did (make the party aware of it). And he's accepting full responsibility for what went wrong."

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Has anyone answered who was paying for the "Celebration Dinner"?

Has Pam McDonald called you back?

Good to see that Rae campaign is doing the right thing. Let those campaigns that commit no wrongs cast the first stone.

Good thing this guy didn't win the nomination.

Hmmm, something "inappropriate" about the Forms..... What could that be?

No Liberal will throw a stone at Bob Rae for this.

They may, however, throw stones at Mason Loh.

Can't wait for all these Ross Fitzpatrick era Libs to be back in charge of the party!

Now, let's see. It's not the Ross Fitzpatrick people taking over. It is the Gordon Campbell people taking over.

There has been no evidence of Ross Fitzpatrick's activity in this leadership at all. In fact, most of his key people seem to be supporting Stephane Dion. Lou Salley, his 1990 bagman, ran for Stephane Dion in West Vancouver Sea-to-Sky riding. Maureen Lyons, his President of the Party in the late 1990s, ran for Dion in Quadra. Looks like the old Chretien people and Martin people are getting along just fine in the Dion camp.

Who is going to be the new Bob Rae Chair for British Columbia?

Bryan Baynham? Let's put this into a bit of context for those who follow BC politics closely. Here are some of Bob Rae's people in BC:

May Brown. (Gordon Campbell's campaign chair in 1996)

Mike McDonald (Gordon Campbell's campaign manager for the leadership, when Wilson was kicked out)

Bryan Baynham (Gordon Campbell's Chair of his Green Light Committee in 1996)

Paddy Sahota (One of Gordon Campbell's key MLAs in the Indo-Canadian community)

Clive Tanner (one of Gordon Campbell's key MLAs on the Island)

Clark Roberts. (one of Gordon Campbell's main spinners in Victoria)

What on earth does all of this mean?

With their new love for New Democrats, is their next project to elect Mike Harcourt as leader of the BC Liberal Party when Gordon Campbell retires?

Or is it Glen Clark?

Wonders never cease.

inappropriately filled out ?

Its name address and phone number, hard to make a mistake?

That's the story here ?

Does this ensure an Izzy victory?

Dear New Democrat with a keen memory:

Another thing that all those Rae supporters you mention have in common is as follows. The day after Rae becomes leader each will be as relevant as the spirit bear to the machinations of the Liberal Party in BC. Once in charge, I think Leader Bob will appoint the same gang of henchman (enter Eddie Goldenberg, John Rae, Randy Pettipas, Ross Fitzpatrick etc.) that the li'l guy from Swanithingy had running the party in the 90s. The who's who of volunteer-of-the-month that you've listed above will each return to the renewed pursuit of their respective ambitions (nomination, bench, government board, passive senility etc.) and have little sway on the management of party affairs.

I am 82 years old and always voted liberal.If Mr Rae is elected I'll never vote liberal again.

Patty Sahota a key indo-canadian mla for Gordan Campabell, that is a joke right?

In my opinion, she has zero creditability in the east indian community...see Mike Dejong

This New Democrat is enjoying the Bob Rae Leadership Drive more and more every day. First news that Volpe will come to Rae, now the Mason Loh resignation. My hope is that Ujjal will become unravelled along with Rae as all this unfolds...

The Globe and Mail reports that the part that went wrong on the delegate forms is the signature.

Patty Sahota a key MLA for Gordon Campabell in the Indo-Canadian community? That is a joke in my opinion. She is a has been MLA from Burnaby, she lost last time around to a pretty poor NDP candidate. As Leguerrier says, if Bob Rae is elected as Liberal leader, not only am I not voting for Liberals, but I will tear up my Liberal Membership card that I have held for the past 18 years.

"Patty Sahota a key MLA for Gordon Campabell in the Indo-Canadian community? That is a joke in my opinion. "

That's a joke in alot of people's opinion.

"She is a has been MLA from Burnaby, she lost last time around to a pretty poor NDP candidate."

The reason why she lost mainly are two things:

(a) The riding association was split because a it seems some of them didn't know the fundamentals of running an annual general meeting. That resulted in heated arguements and split the riding association.

(b) They had a campaign manager who I believe was there just to earn money and didn't put the extra
effort in for winning.

(c) She's had it easy politically wise since she started, since she was in a cushy job in Campbell's office before skating onto the ice for the 2001 election.

(d) She was given a cabinet post literally at the last few months to try and save her, but didn't work.

Patty is a nice person. Too bad she was surrounded by incompentent people who should know better, but that riding of hers is a difficult one to win even when things are favourable to the candidate's party.

The NDP out there are remants of the old 1980's era NDP, the kind that the BC Liberals have rarely ever had to face off against on the ice in a political game.

The kind of NDP that makes the current BC NDP look like wimps.

The kind of NDP that has control on civic politics and federal politics in Burnaby.

They are moving to take out Richard Lee and John Nurnaney and they hope the other MLA from Coquitlam would be a prize on the wall too.

The NDP out there are remants of the old 1980's era NDP, the kind that the BC Liberals have rarely ever had to face off against on the ice in a political game.

The kind of NDP that makes the current BC NDP look like wimps.

The kind of NDP that has control on civic politics and federal politics in Burnaby.

They are moving to take out Richard Lee and John Nurnaney and they hope the other MLA from Coquitlam would be a prize on the wall too.

Posted by Grit Guy on October 7, 2006 03:59 PM

I'm sorry but I cannot follow your logic. Today's NDP under Carole James is what, ... tougher or less tough than the 1980s NDP under ... who? Dave Barrett (1980-84) Bob Skelly (1984-87), or Mike Harcourt (1987-95)???

Anyway, would you agree with me that one reason the NDP only regained one Burnaby seat in 2005 was the fact that the civic NDP had taken such an uncompromising anti-Port Mann, anti-Hwy 1 approach?


"Anyway, would you agree with me that one reason the NDP only regained one Burnaby seat in 2005 was the fact that the civic NDP had taken such an uncompromising anti-Port Mann, anti-Hwy 1 approach? "

I don't know how that was possible, Bud since

(a) The civic election was in November, 2005.

(b) Gateway was formally announced as a project
to be completed in February 2006.

(c) From what I was able to read in the local
paper from Burnaby at the time of the
election, Gateway was not a major issue with
the voters over there.

(d) most Burnaby people are in favour of it,
Corrigan still crabs about it, but Derek
seems to crab about everything he doesn't
like.

Kinda like the NDP of 1980's vintage. Even
the YND back then reached new levels of
stupidity and silliness.

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