Careers in show business

This morning's biennial convention caucus breakfast was a closed door affair. And what were the provincial Liberals hiding from the press pack? The party's musical talents, it turns out. Those who attended the breakfast tell us Port Moody-Westwood backbencher Iain Black wheeled out a piano to do a version of Benny and the Jets entitled Billy and the Bells - a reference to Speaker of the Legislative Assembly Bill Barisoff and the bell he uses to notify MLAs about a division vote.

Health Minister George Abbott, Minister of State Gordon Hogg and Langley backbencher Mary Polak were joined by a number of Young Liberals to rap about ActNow BC. Employment and Income Assistance Minister Claude Richmond and his trumpet performed When the Saints Go Marching In. And the entire room got into the act with a song about the Liberals written to the tune of City of New Orleans. The following is a copy of the lyrics for that song, which were included on the breakfast placemats.

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Good morning British
Columbia, how are ya?

We're the B.C. Liberals,
and we're sure having fun

'Cause we're riding on the
train we call New Era

Through the best place on
the Earth,

-and we've just begun!

20 Comments

Holy last-night's-cocktails-at-Falcon's-were-part-of-my-breakfast-Batman! These guys drink anymore of their bathwater and with any luck some them might drown. Mary, Mary, Mary.

This just goes to show that as long as Carole James continues to have snoregasms, this lot is safe.

If I were Carole Taylor, I'd pretend that I had a cold and stay home as well.

You know i feel the real story of this convention was how loud/roudy the youth were,and how the youth wing has clearly grown in the last year. It is now clearly dominating the New Democrats youht wing, due to a party really putting there money where there mouth is and the work of a few really great young pple on the exec.

If the executive is composed of people who don't know how to express themselves and spell correctly, like j-mass has, then the BC Liberals will end up being a mess internally more than they are now.

j-mass, learn how to use words properly.

For example:

It's "their" not "there"


youht wing? pple?

Better be careful posting your views as Sheriff Larry Liberal and his spelling police will come after you. What’s next the grammatical gansta’s? When they start calling each other brothers and sisters at the Liberal convention is when I am heading for the hills.

Holy Ratzinger, Larry Liberal ... you write:

"If the executive is composed of people who don't know how to express themselves and spell correctly, like j-mass has, then the BC Liberals will end up being a mess internally more than they are now."

which seems to be about chastising somebody else for imperfect grammar ... not sure ... but what the heck does YOUR sentence mean??


j-mass, learn how to use words properly.

You know i feel the real story of this convention was how loud/roudy the youth were,... due to a party really putting there money where there mouth is ...

Posted by j-mass on November 4, 2006

Liberal conventions, federal and provincial, have always had large groups of bubbly, photogenic youth who are there at the Party's expense, or one of its backers. They party hardy on liquor provided by generous hosts. The sponsored youth are normally a selected bunch of college-age up-and-comers, the proverbial football or hockey playing future lawyer type, or the swim team female equivalent.

It's always been a good time, and that's the reason why the Liberal Senators were determined to block the Tory's Accountability Act with it's $1000 limit on personal donations. That lower limit would further crimp the Liberal party's style, and in particulary its financial ability to keep on paying for the travel and liquor/food expenses of these future lawyer/future Grit politician types.

Good Lord, can an ardent BC Liberal like myself actaully find agreement with a diehard union NDP backroom boy like ol' Budd? Apparantly so. During Gord's speech alone, they must've panned the cameras on some BCYL prettyboy banging those annoying thundersticks (not Dallas this time, folks) close to about 10 times during his 60 min speech. I just feel for those poor innocent folks staying at the Days Inn who had to put up with those rowdys all though the night.

"Holy Ratzinger, Larry Liberal ... you write:

"If the executive is composed of people who don't know how to express themselves and spell correctly, like j-mass has, then the BC Liberals will end up being a mess internally more than they are now."

which seems to be about chastising somebody else for imperfect grammar ... not sure ... but what the heck does YOUR sentence mean??"

Communication. I've come across a few BC Liberal Presidents and Executive Members who don't know how to really communicate to the membership clearly, and there's always been an abysmal lack of communication to the volunteers from the party in terms of encouraging the volunteers to keep involved.

I don't know if this j-mass guy writes materials for the membership, but if he does, you can bet your rent that nothing would ever go out with that kind of spelling of his on it, if he was a part of our riding.

Does this tie into the sentence? Sure does. One of the key elements is keeping in contact through well worded circulars.

Boo hiss. See the Big Picture. The BC Liberals are not perfect, there's lots to be corrected and lots to do yet. The BC Liberal government is far ahead of the BC Liberal Party in terms of communication.

We agree to disagree.

... The BC Liberal government is far ahead of the BC Liberal Party in terms of communication.

Posted by Larry Liberal on November 6, 2006

Are you including in your description the silly and expensive Government of British Columbia advertising campaigns, such as "The Best Place on Earth!" Can anyone imagine the Government of Alberta or the State of Washington running commercials as embarassing and degrading as these ridiculous tub-thumpers just because the advertising company that ran the Premier or Governor's election campaign needs some inter-election billings to round things out? The truth is that this kind of communications policy is incredibly backward, perhaps not quite Neanderthal but certainly back to the 1950s nad 1960s when Bill Clancy and Ron Worley used to blow the horn for WAC Bennett.

Well Budd, the phrase "The Greatest Place on Earth" does grate on many people, including myself.

It does rank up there with Glen Clark's election mantra:

"We're on Your Side".

The State of Washington did try to come up with a similar marketing hype not long ago, but it turned out to be a disaster since many Washingtonians couldn't figure out what it was for.

Alberta has had a few marketing plans, but they were kinda bland "Take an Alberta Break!".

The NDP didn't do anything to advertise the Province to be a place to live, work and play when they were in government.

But I'll give the NDP credit where it's due.

They have a much better means of supporting their membership and communicating to their membership than do the BC Liberals. The BC Social Credit Party during the 1980's came close, but never exceeded the means and volume of membership communication.

I'm surprised you didn't mention the legendary
"That's the BC Spirit!" campaign of the early 1980's. With that Spirit flag stuck on everything.

It was catchy, but got a bit overboard, since it was used on ferries, BC Transit buses, government materials, everything. Even a podium placard.

The joke was when one saw a BC Ferry, we used to say "another Social Credit pamphlet just arrived"

In fact it's the "BC Spirit Flag", a remanant of
the Bill Bennett Social Credit government that is stuck on your licence plate. The plates were first issued in 1985.

The State of Washington did try to come up with a similar marketing hype not long ago, but it turned out to be a disaster since many Washingtonians couldn't figure out what it was for.

Alberta has had a few marketing plans, but they were kinda bland "Take an Alberta Break!".
...
I'm surprised you didn't mention the legendary
"That's the BC Spirit!" campaign of the early 1980's. With that Spirit flag stuck on everything. ... In fact it's the "BC Spirit Flag", a remanant of the Bill Bennett Social Credit government that is stuck on your licence plate. The plates were first issued in 1985.

Posted by Larry Liberal on November 6, 2006

Thanks for reminding me, Larry. Yes, the "spirit" thing got totally overplayed, and in some cases was silly bugger stuff from the get go. You mention the ferries and that's the most obvious case. The Spirit of BC and the Spirit of Vancouver Island would simply be MV British Columbia and MV Vancouver Island under a rational nomenclature approach. But in BC the ten-cent ad agents and high school dropout wordsmiths are always given control of this kind of thing, and the results are totally undignified and cheesy.

I don't recall the Washington campaign you mentioned, but I do recall seeing "Take an Alberta Break", which if memory serves was strictly travel/tourism oriented. I cannot imagine that either of these efforts were turned into multi-million saturation TV ad efforts whose purpose was more partisan electoral politics than any goals around tourism promotion, which is what was done in BC. If that had happened, there would have been revolts and the media would have led them, at least in Washington State. Alberta, ... well, ... I suppose CanWest and Global and the CBC can be just as useless there as here.

In response to "Posted by Actually agreeing with Budd? on November 6, 2006 09:22 AM" I would like to comment that the "pretty boy" of mention as you said was not Dallas but is in fact the current Vice President of the BCYL Donny Van Dyk. Donny has been a long time supporter of the BC liberals, a home grown northern boy, and a vet of the UNBC young liberal club. I must say that I am thrilled to see such enthusiasm and commitment and look forward to what the BCYL can contribute in the future, but thats just comming from a good bc liberal such as myself.

"The Spirit of BC and the Spirit of Vancouver Island would simply be MV British Columbia and MV Vancouver Island under a rational nomenclature approach"

Not nessesarily. Those names wouldn't evoke much imagination, and ideally should have been named
Queen of British Columbia, Queen of Vancouver Island, if BC Ferries had kept to tradition in naming most major vessels with "Queen of -" prefixes. Smaller vessels had "- Queen" suffixes.

That was because CPR Steamships had their coastal
ships with "Princess of" prefixes.

Or a Coast Salish name evoking travel and adventure would have done well too.

The two Super C's are prefixed with "Coastal-".

The three aluminum cans that were made by the NDP
were given "Pacificat-" prefixes.

"I would like to comment that the "pretty boy" of mention as you said was not Dallas but is in fact the current Vice President of the BCYL Donny Van Dyk. Donny has been a long time supporter of the BC liberals, a home grown northern boy, and a vet of the UNBC young liberal club"

Seemed somewhat equal to someone affected by consuming too much sugar, or too many Cokes.

He really should take it easy next time.

I mean really.

It is good to hear that the Young Liberals are experiencing such growth. The future of this Province will depend on them to keep BC out of the hands of the ‘hordes. Never again can we allow the NDP to destroy BC.

I must say, from what I saw the Northwest part of our province was the most loud and excited. They were starting chants left and right and managed to get all the crowds going. I salute the people from UNBG in PG but especially those Terrace boys!!!!

Donny was also the guy who yelled out "because of you Gordon" in the middle of the speech ... his energy and enthusiasm had the entire room going wild which was pretty cool

Chris Sandve, the incoming President, and Dallas were leading the group in cheers all the way through - definetly a much more energetic, committed and effective exec than what the YND has

"Donny was also the guy who yelled out "because of you Gordon" in the middle of the speech ... his energy and enthusiasm had the entire room going wild which was pretty cool"

groan.

"Chris Sandve, the incoming President, and Dallas were leading the group in cheers all the way through - definetly a much more energetic, committed and effective exec than what the YND has"

What was this, a rock and roll concert?

They really should have controlled themselves.

Sound like Donny and a few others had one too many
sugar laden Cokes and were affected by it.

Take it easy next time.

Sure I guess when you offer frat boys and sorority girls a free trip to the Interior (spare a couple bucks for party membership) and promise copious amounts of BC's finest booze, you can get almost anyone of that age whipped up into an absolute frenzy.

BTW, kinda surprised Holman hasn't reported on the odd intro for Campbell that discussed Barack Obmama of all people. When I heard that I thought I mistakenly stumbled across the line into a Democratic party cheerleading session. Not that the Dems are bad, what what does Obmama have to do with Gordo of all people?

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