Backroom drivers

Last Friday, provincial Liberal candidate John van Dongen's campaign attempted to influence the results of CKNW's poll of the day. That poll asked listeners if Mr. Van Dongen should be "forced to resign" as solicitor general "after losing his Drivers License" for excessive speeding. In response, Mr. van Dongen's campaign manager Sherri Wacker sent an email to friends and supporters asking them to "click on the following link to the CKNW website: www.cknw.com and complete their current poll."

"We need to pull together and show him how much we appreciate the work that he does for all of us," Ms. Wacker wrote.

In an interview, CKNW producer Craig Sorochan recalled the poll received around 17,000 responses - "which is way, way, way above average" - with 83 or 85 percent voting against Mr. Van Dongen's resignation.

The following is a complete copy of that email.

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From: John van Dongen
Date: April 24, 2009 7:45:21 PM PDT (CA)
To: John van Dongen
Subject: John van Dongen needs your support!
Dear Friends and Supporters,

John van Dongen needs your support! Please click on the following link to the CKNW website: www.cknw.com and complete their current poll.

We all know that John works tremendously hard for his constituents and deserves your vote. Please take a moment to read the statement that John released today to the public so that you understand his decision.

I recently received a letter from the Office of the Superintendent of Motor Vehicles (OSMV) giving notice of a driving prohibition due to tickets I have received for speeding.

As soon as I received the letter, I acted immediately and accepted the temporary prohibition. I will not be appealing the decision and have mailed my driver's license to the OSMV. I fully understand
and accept responsibility for my driving behaviour and believe it is my duty to fully and completely comply with the decision. I have asked the Premier to re-assign responsibility for the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC) and OSMV to another minister. While I am not currently involved in any active decisions as Minister with respect to these agencies, I feel it is important that both my actions and this latest decision do not have any detrimental impact on public confidence in either ICBC or OSMV. I fully recognize the importance of public safety and compliance with
the law on our roads. The law applies equally to me as it does to everyone else and I strongly support that.

John van Dongen, BC
Liberal Candidate for Abbotsford South

We need to pull together and show him how much we appreciate the work that he does for all of us.

Kind regards,
Sherri Wacker
Campaign Manager
John van Dongen
BC Liberal Candidate for
Abbotsford South

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