Meanwhile, on the pondium

Back in August 2005, we reported Mark Jiles, Premier Gordon Campbell's constituency campaign manager, was considering partnering up with Patrick Kinsella, arguably the most powerful Liberal backroom boy in the province. At the time, Mr. Jiles told Public Eye the two of them were considering how best to pursue 2010 Winter Olympic business prospects together. And it looks like that partnership has come to pass. Mr. Jiles is scheduled to speak at Washington State's 2007 Trade Week International Export Symposium about Olympic opportunities in his capacity as vice-president of The Progressive Group - Mr. Kinsella's company. His presentation is part of a lunch program sponsored by the Canadian consulate.

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Mark Jiles is going to give a speech???

Puuuleeeze!

Patrick Kinsella, ... or as the late Warren Davis portrayed him nearly thirty years ago on CBC, "The Insurance Man from Ingersoll".

When they came to BC in the early 1980s, fresh from the Bill Davis Big Blue Machine, a kind of expeditionary force to the West Coast intent on salvaging Bill Bennett's Socred Show, Kinsella and Jerry Lampert were among the most feared political organizers in the nation. Lampert has mellowed and moved on. Kinsella seems only to have hardened.

"When they came to BC in the early 1980s, fresh from the Bill Davis Big Blue Machine, a kind of expeditionary force to the West Coast intent on salvaging Bill Bennett's Socred Show, Kinsella and Jerry Lampert were among the most feared political organizers in the nation."

Yep and just as Marc Elisen and a few others were imported from the NDP's Red Machine in Manitoba and Saskatchewan. Elissen was legendary in going from one province to another and he ended up with a political goodie, an appointment to the BC Hydro.

Locally there was the legendary Cocke Machine out of New Westminster. Bob Williams (of VanCity) was
also a big prescence back then. He made Fat Dave
(David Barrett) look like a wimp.

The NDP used to move their so-called key people around as well, as there were quite a few outside the province NDPers working the 1983 and 1986 election. They were also around for the 1991 election and they knew rewards were coming since the Social Credit Party was pretty much destroyed by VanderZalm by then.

A pity, one never gets to see the Battle of the Giants anymore in BC politics. The big battles back then make Gordon and Carol look like sissies.

The parties back then were evenly matched in power
and one certainly learned how to campaign back then.

Heck, Budd even you would agree it was fun and challenging back then. Not like the sissy wussy
politicians and parties we have now.

Patrick Kinsella is over rated anyone with 15 campaigns behind him or her can do the same thing. Kinsella is too sure of himself, and his campaign record isn't exactly 100% star material.

Hell, given to having to choose been Kinsella and Alex T, I'd go with Alex.

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