Yesterday, the provincial Liberals refused to respond to allegations they did party fundraising work out of a minister's office in 2003. But they did release an email that was sent by Mike Farnworth's executive assistant Gwen Ranger promoting an upcoming fundraiser for the opposition house leader's constituency association. But equally newsworthy was who that email was addressed to - Greg D'Avignon. After all, Mr. Farnworth is the New Democrat's liquour control, licensing and distribution critic. And Mr. D'Avignon is the president-west of Canada's National Brewers. But this is what Mr. Farnworth had to say when we asked him about the appropriateness of his assistant sending a fundraising notice to someone representing an industry within his critic portfolio.
From: GREG D'AVIGNON
Sent: Monday, February 23, 2009 12:35 PM
To: Arbic, Dan
Cc: Morton, Michael; Yap.MLA, John
Subject: Use of government email
I attach below an email solicitation that appears to come from a government staff person and account soliciting funds for a partisan political event for a sitting member(s). I discovered this while recently reviewing my inbox.
This appears to be an inappropriate use and waste of government funds and time.
I forward for your advisement
From: Ranger, Gwen
Sent: November 20, 2008 12:33 PM
To: D'Avignon, Greg
Subject: Fundraising dinner for Mike Farnworth, MLA
We are having a fund raising dinner
Friday, November 28th, 2008 @ Wilson Centre,
2150 Wilson Avenue,
Port Coquitlam, BC
Doors 6:30 - Dinner 7:30pm Cash Bar
Tickets $100.00 each
Guest Speaker Corky Evans MLA for Nelson - Creston
Please RSVP to 604-725-4591
Cheque should be made payable to the NDP and mailed to
1005 Dominion Avenue, Port Coquitlam, BC V3B 8G8