Big Harry love

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."

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Oh my god! Harry Bloy has a pulse? He can, in fact, speak?

According to his Facebook site, it's Mr. Bloy's birthday on Thursday. Happy birthday, Harry!

Uhh, nice tuxedo pic. Kind of looks like the captain of the Love Boat, except he is hairier than Gavin McLeod.

I find it odd that Harry is supporting a federal Liberal because the last time I spoke to him, which was over a year ago, he 'self-identified' as a federal Tory.

I would never have thought that the esteemed Mr Bloy would eventually turn into a wishy washy politician.

Does this mean Harry will wear his scout uniform to Bill Cunningham's Office opening?

Wonder if he's sending his crack campaign team of
Brian et. al. to Billy Boy. Hope so.

Billy Boy is sure to lose with them around.

Harry is a federal Conservative. He ain't no
federal Liberal.

The Milk Man is every where.

Ha Ha Ha! Now it says Harry has left the group "Campaign to Elect Bill Cunningham Member of Parliament for Burnaby-Douglas". Good god, Harry's not the sharpest knife in the drawer!

"Big Harry Love"

I think no comment.

BILLY CUNNINGHAM for Parliament !
I guess Joe Volpe MP will finally have enough buddies to form his own party.

Gven that Harry's endorsement is equated with no endorsement, it is not going to matter at all not to mention Harry only steps over to Burnaby
it should not really concern any of us since Harry only steps over to Burnaby on full moon nights.

Harry is backing Yonah Martin and it will be the riding that is actually at stake for BC Liberals with him being the only BC Liberal MLA from the federal riding. If Yonah Martin wins, Harry will likely be assured another term.

Harry's endorsement to Bill Cunningham, likely loser how matter how you frame it, is irrelevant since he is not going to be involved with Bill's team. Given Bill's connections the liberal donors, I dont think any BCL MLA will be risking going against LPC establishment if they want to get re-elected.

But it is pointless to read too much into Harry's LPC endorsement as what he really wants to see is a tory win in New West-Coq so he can secure his own victory in 2009. Otherwise a backbencher like him is not going to fare well against any NDP not named Beart Healy.

Rookie mistake, however, because he will be the first to be punished should either Yonah or Bill lose, and if both of them lose, he is going to be burned next re-election as neither side will even attempt to help out a traitor.

There was a rumour he was looking to run for the Tories in Burnaby-New Westminster.

Everyone would, but it is too risky a move since he has to resign to run for the MP post. There are too many cases of MLA's resigning/retiring to lose in the federal election. His goal is to keep getting re-elected.

Getting re-elected is getting harder too, even with him redistricted to Coquitlam. Pro-BC Lib Coquitlam First Party was wiped out of city council in 2005 including its mayor, and now the majority on the council are backed by NDP, including the guy who recently won the by-election. He is also surrounded by NDP provincial ridings including one held by Mike Farnworth. If things dont even look good for anyone running against both NDP incumbent MP in his own riding, it is not likely he will seek challenges against Dawn Black.

Certainly the only hope he has is to make friends with the anti-NDP fraction in his ridings, Cunningham liberals in the west or Forseth tories in the east.

If people are angry enough for the setback in building LRT skytrain route, Harry Bloy will be defeated. But he was carried into the riding anyway, Bart Healey practically gave the riding away. If however he truly wants to go after the MP post, then he should really think about working with his former colleague who now serves on Coquitlam City Council as the lone Coquitlam First Party member, and restructure it. I would the easiest NDP candidate for him to beat will probably happen at the mayoral level against Maxine Wilson.

I am not sure who Mr Bloy is, but it would make sense that some Tory's support Cunningham in Burnaby-Douglas.

The Conservatives do not have a chance to beat Siksay in B-D. However Cunningham has a more than likely chance of unseating him. We have a lot of Tories telling the campaign that they are going to support the Liberals because we are the only ones capable of unseating Siksay.

This isnt brain surgery, its simple politics folks.

"Getting re-elected is getting harder too, even with him redistricted to Coquitlam. Pro-BC Lib Coquitlam First Party was wiped out of city council in 2005 including its mayor,"

Simply because that so-called "Coquitlam First"
wasn't organised properly and was just a front
for third party funding to candidates. Coquitlam
First never did disclose. They didn't have to
by law, but should have to remain credible.

"and now the majority on the council are backed by NDP, including the guy who recently won the by-election. He is also surrounded by NDP provincial ridings including one held by Mike Farnworth."

Those NDPers, they're everywhere.

Farnworth is actually one of the better NDPers.

"If things dont even look good for anyone running against both NDP incumbent MP in his own riding, it is not likely he will seek challenges against Dawn Black."

Dawn Black will win back her seat.

"Certainly the only hope he has is to make friends with the anti-NDP fraction in his ridings, Cunningham liberals in the west or Forseth tories in the east."

"If people are angry enough for the setback in building LRT skytrain route, Harry Bloy will be defeated. But he was carried into the riding anyway, Bart Healey practically gave the riding away. If however he truly wants to go after the MP post, then he should really think about working with his former colleague who now serves on Coquitlam City Council as the lone Coquitlam First Party member, and restructure it. I would the easiest NDP candidate for him to beat will probably happen at the mayoral level against Maxine Wilson."

Seems that FHK is showing once again, he doesn't
know what he's talking about. Harry had tried to
restructure civic politics in Burnaby and it's ended up being one big disaster after another.

If Harry goes after wanting to be an MP, he'll have go elsewhere, and who would want him anyway?

He's failed to deliver on the Evergreen Line and
seems to spend more time on himself than getting
any real big ticket projects into his riding.

If he decides to seek nomination and wins, that will force a by-election and who will pay for it?

In fact what would be the sense in going through
a by-election if the outcome is just to give a
soft cushy landing to a used MLA.?

1. Harry Bloy is not going anywhere, and he didnt have a chance in Burnaby back then, and he wont have a chance now either. But Coquitlam used to be his home turf but with NDP took Coquitlam city council in 2005 and Coquitlam New West federal seat, things are not looking good for him in either side of his riding. If someone like Sav Dhaliwal decides to take on Harry Bloy, NDP will take the riding and completely dominate Coquitlam.

2. The establishment's favourite son candidate Bill Cunningham can certainly help pull contributions and endorsement, but we all know he is not going to win. But unlike in the past, the tories are actually ready to aim for NDP incumbents.

In B-NW, Peter Julian is always a target, but tories are more organized than ever. Tories have also field strong candidate Dawn Black and Penny Priddy and both may not survive next election. In B-D, the candiate that wins the nomination may unite tories in the area more than ever in the race against Ottawa-resident Bill Siksay. People talk about third time is charm, actually it fits much better with CPC.

"1. Harry Bloy is not going anywhere, and he didnt have a chance in Burnaby back then, and he wont have a chance now either. But Coquitlam used to be his home turf"

Harry prior to winning Burquitlam in 2001, never
lived in Coquitlam when he was politiking. He lived in Burnaby.

As for Harry not going anywhere, he will eventually. The voters will tire of him and vote in someone else sooner or later.

"but with NDP took Coquitlam city council in 2005 and Coquitlam New West federal seat, things are not looking good for him in either side of his riding. "

Is that something to cry in the towel about?

The federal seat was Dawn's and before that Pauline Jewett's before Foresth came in and took it.

"If someone like Sav Dhaliwal decides to take on Harry Bloy, NDP will take the riding and completely dominate Coquitlam."

Would nice if Sal did that.

"2. The establishment's favourite son candidate Bill Cunningham can certainly help pull contributions and endorsement, but we all know he is not going to win. "

Cunnigham is what establishment's favourite? He's
not Burnaby's establishment's favourite.

"But unlike in the past, the tories are actually ready to aim for NDP incumbents. "

That's what they are there for.

"In B-NW, Peter Julian is always a target, but tories are more organized than ever. Tories have also field strong candidate Dawn Black and Penny Priddy and both may not survive next election. In B-D, the candiate that wins the nomination may unite tories in the area more than ever in the race against Ottawa-resident Bill Siksay. People talk about third time is charm, actually it fits much better with CPC. "

You really think you know everything don't you?

Note to Harry's operatives. Try monster.ca if you're job shopping, but the comments section of Public Eye isn't the best place to do this. Looks kinda desperate.

Get real.

Harry actually likes his work as an MLA and is not going to resign to try and become an MP.

Sav Dhalwal has absolutely no profile in Coquitlam, so running in Burquitlam would be political suicide. (And don't discount NDP infighting. Corrigan needs to do something to show some solidarity with the women's caucus and Sav's safe civic seat might be the most appropriate sacrifice.)

Futhermore...

Dawn Black and Peter Julian have strangleholds on their seats. The only federal riding that comes close to being in play is Burnaby-Douglas and Siskay has not done anything to lose ground. Ergo ... all three remain NDP seats.

What we have here are overanxious Liberals and Tories who are mistaken if they think the BC NDP's low poll numbers will reflect on the federal NDP.

Interesting that Harry Bloy's Constituency Assistant Dave T. has held yonahmartin.ca, and Harry is backing her and also Bill Cunningham.

Hmmmmmm.

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