Pollock: "I shall certainly be transferring my membership to another constituency..."

Provincial New Democrat Vancouver-Kensington candidate Mable Elmore continues to be a source of controversy. In a comment, posted on the blog Courage, My Friends, constituency association member Kim Pollock writes he was "quite disturbed with the behaviour" of many of Ms. Elmore's supporters at the riding's nomination meeting.

"I thought the heckling, howling and general disrespect shown to Ronnie Nickalasaras, a long-time, dedicated party member, was appalling." Moreover, Mr. Pollock reports, "Many of your people were nasty and rude, swearing and name-calling" when his daughter Marion Pollock, an usher, "attempted to enforce the rules and ensure the integrity of the voting and the meeting. Again, you owe an apology to Marion and likely the other staff in the room."

"Mabel, I now have grave doubts about our ability to hold the riding," he continued. "Perhaps you will see fit to discuss this with people like (party treasurer) Cheryl Hewitt and me rather than bruskly pushing past us as you have recently, I guess because in the past we supported other - in our view better - candidates instead of you."

But regardless of whether Ms. Elmore takes that advice, Mr. Pollock states, "it's too late to keep (him and his wife Ms. Hewitt) as Kensington members: I shall certainly be transferring my membership to another cnstituency and I believe Cheryl will do the same. It's not all because of you but Sunday was pretty much the straw that broke the camel's back."

The following is a complete copy of that posting.

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Mabel:

Congratulations on your nomination.

I was however quite disturbed with the behaviour of many of your supporters at the nomination meeting yesterday. It's fine to sign people up for minimal amounts to win a nomination, I suppose but there are limits to what many of us are willing to ignore.

I thought the heckling, howling and general disrespect shown to Ronnie Nickalasaras, a long-time, dedicated party memeber, was appalling, for instance. You owe him an apology. This is not how we do things in the New Democratic Party, as Cheryl was quick to warn your supporters. If they are now going to become truly involved in the party, this is something they must learn right away. It's up to you to ensure they do.

My daughter Marion Pollock was an usher yesterday. Many of your people were nasty and rude, swearing and name-calling when she attempted to enforce the rules and ensure the integrity of the voting and the meeting. Again, you owe an apology to Marion and likely the other staff in the room.

Mabel, I now have grave doubts about our ability to hold the riding. Perhaps you will see fit to discuss this with people like Cheryl Hewitt and me rather than bruskly pushing past us as you have recently, I guess because in the past we supported other -in our view better "” candidates instead of you.

You might want to consider doing this even though unfortunately, it's too late to keep us as Kensington members: I shall certainly be transferring my membership to another constituency and I believe Cheryl will do the same. It's not all because of you but Sunday was pretty much the straw that broke the camel's back.

K.

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