Absent for a good cause?

Last Thursday, Port Coquitlam's city council was scheduled to discuss a several issues of some import - including the cost of the Coast Meridian Overpass. But, according to The Tri-City News's Lara Gerrits, councillor Greg Moore was "absent from the council meeting." Which begs the question, where was he? The answer: in an interview with Public Eye, Mr. Moore confirmed he instead attended the provincial Liberal's Winning the Tri-Cities fundraising dinner at the Executive Plaza Hotel. When asked why he skipped council, the former Port Coquitlam-Burke Mountain election candidate explained he "had contributed to it via email prior to the meeting - providing my comments, thoughts and questions." And was this a case of putting party business ahead of civic business? "I wouldn't judge it that way. Your always trying to juggle your schedule and do the best you can," responded Mr. Moore. Tickets to the fundraiser were $225.

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Looks like Moore mismanaged his priorities.

He should have been at Council rather than attending a fundraiser.

It's not high probability that he would be able to bump off Farnworth despite what those overdosed on power regional organiser types tell him.

This is hardly news ... IMHO Moore doesn't think local politics are mportant.

Good to see PoCo taxpayers are getting their monies worth paying for Moore's Council salary.

Looks like Moore WAS managing his priorities. That's the problem.

It is not surprising that he would blow off the actual duties of the job of city councillor to hob-knob with those he might deem more "important".

Port Coquitlam taxpayers pay Greg Moore a salary to show up at Council meetings, not to attend Liberal fundraisers.

Assuming that Moore is again the provincial Liberal candidate in May 2009, this kind of thing will help turn the riding into an even more secure seat for the NDPs Mike Farnworth.

And it's not as though Farnworth doesn't need the help, what with his role in the disastrously ill-fated MLA pay raise caper of a year ago, which helped to blow out local NDP candidates in the civic election, and get Jack Layton's federal campaign in BC off to a weak start.

Bud must be smoking some. He never seems to miss an opportunity to try to blame the MLA pay raise on just farnworth. It doesn't seem to matter to Budd that Jenny Kwan is also on LAMC and that Leader Carole James directed what was going on.

Besides, how could a Liberal candidate attack Farnworth for the payraise. It takes two to tango, and the Libs themselves introduced and passed the Legislation.

More so, who actually still dwells on this, especially 3 years from now, besides Budd Campbell.

"what with his role in the disastrously ill-fated MLA pay raise caper of a year ago"

Isn't Carole the Leader? Besides, it was she who did the disasterous flip-flop.

"which helped to blow out local NDP candidates in the civic election"

Actually, local Coquitlam/ Tri-City candidates dominated in all three cities. No "blow out" of "local" candidates in Farnworth's riding. If you mean COPE/Visionless Vancouver, they lost that election on their own -- they didn't need any help. Don't forget the disasterous losses Provincially in Vancouver Burrard and Federally in Vancouver Centre and Vancouver Kingsway in 2004 and 2006. Maybe organizers for Vancouver area New Democrats just don't do a good job...


"and get Jack Layton's federal campaign in BC off to a weak start."

Nope again. A lacklustre extreme-left platform and poor local candidates did that job. Interestingly though, Dawn black, who is adjacent to Farnworth's own riding, won her seat, handily.

Budd, is Farnworth responsible for El Nino and the extinction of the dinosaurs too? Just askin'.

"Assuming that Moore is again the provincial Liberal candidate in May 2009, this kind of thing will help turn the riding into an even more secure seat for the NDPs Mike Farnworth."

No problem there. Farnworth is actually a good guy, despite him playing left wing.

"And it's not as though Farnworth doesn't need the help, what with his role in the disastrously ill-fated MLA pay raise caper of a year ago, which helped to blow out local NDP candidates in the civic election, and get Jack Layton's federal campaign in BC off to a weak start."

It was an all-party committee that decides on that dumb move regarding the pay raises. He was
a participant, as were a few other Dippers and
Grits.

The taxpayers wouldn't rag on Farnworth on that one during election time, and the BC Liberals wouldn't attack him on either, since they had a few of their own MLA's in on that as well.

The NDP in the Tri-Cities during the civic election was unusually weak. But they will be stronger next time.

"The NDP in the Tri-Cities during the civic election was unusually weak. But they will be stronger next time"

Actually, NDP affiliated candidates did very well in the Tri-Cities civic election. It was the Liberal farm team, Coquitlam First, that was blown out of the water electing only one candidate and then refusing to diclose who funded their campaign.

But we're getting off track. What does it say about a City Councillor when they chose partisan political fundraisers over doing their elected duty?

Hmmmmm. Getting a bit of reaction, eh? Good.

Perhaps some of Farnworth's admirers should tell him that spreading rumours that he's on the way to the party leadership as soon as a vacancy can be established is not a terribly subtle means of getting attention. Also, the idea itself is fundamentally incredible. The reason Carol James has a lock on the NDP leadership is that another Lower Mainland leader/Premier is simply not in the cards, especially with the Rav Line/Olympics overruns in the offing, plus the multi-billion expenditures for Gateway.

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