Since leaving broadcast journalism, Saanich South provincial Liberal nomination candidate Robin Adair has been perhaps best been known as WCG International Consultants Ltd.'s communications and government relations vice-president. But, in an interview with Public Eye, Mr. Adair confirmed he hasn't been with the company since October 31.
"I have been a contractor to WCG - we're called consultants for a reason. I've had a management contract with them to provide communications and government relations services," he explained. But, on August 1, 2007, Providence Service Corp. purchased WCG. And, when that happened, "I kind of knew the situation was going to change," said Mr. Adair.
"In the summer, we basically started downsizing the communications component of the company. So I was working on my departure for a while, leading up to the end of October (2008). And I had actually taken a couple of other contracts. I was working for another company by November and had another contract with an energy company and was going to do another contract in December."
But following the Liberals' biennial convention - which was held on October 30 to November - Mr. Adair said he heard some party members were suggesting he should run for the nomination in Saanich South.
"When I first heard about it - probably a week or two after that - I just said, 'That's nice. It's nice to have people say nice things about you.' But I wasn't really thinking about it in a serious away."
However, following a series of conversations during the week of October 17 - including an encouraging phone call from Premier Gordon Campbell - Mr. Adair decided to enter the race.
Although he clarified the premier "didn't say this was yours to have. There was never any comment about an acclamation. It was always going to be a contested seat."
Mr. Adair is running against Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce policy development and communications mananger Shannon Renault and Dodd's Furniture Ltd. owner Gordie Dodd