In January 2004, The Vancouver Sun's Jim Beatty quoted Premier Gordon Campbell as saying, "Our party is not involved in federal politics. I've been very clear that that should not be the case." Nevertheless, some of his MLAs continue to flirt with the federal Conservatives and Liberals. Consider, for example, Burquitlam backbencher Harry Bloy. According to his Facebook Website, Mr. Bloy is a proud member of the "Campaign to Elect Bill Cunningham Member of Parliament for Burnaby-Douglas." But Mr. Bloy doesn't just back the Grits. Last month, Ryan Warawa reported New Westminster-Coquitlam Tory candidate Yonah Martin "praised" the backbencher's support for her nomination campaign. Asked today whether such support is at odds with Premier Campbell's instructions, Mr. Bloy simply said, "There's a number of people that I support federally."
April 18, 2007