On July 3, 2008, Stephen Chong was acclaimed as the provincial Liberal candidate in Vancouver-Mount Pleasant - the riding presently held by New Democrat legislator Jenny Kwan. But, according to the Liberal's Website, Mr. Chong has been replaced with another hopeful: Sherry Wiebe. So why the switch? Did it have anything to do with Mr. Chong's controversial interview with The Georgia Straight's Carlito Pablo, in which the then candidate said Vancouver's drug addicts should be taken away to an island?
Not at all, said party communications and member services director Chad Pederson. In a message left on Public Eye's answering machine, Mr. Pederson explained, "I've talked to our director of nominations. And Stephen Chong decided to step aside for personal reasons of his own."