Premier Gordon Campbell hasn't addressed a British Columbia Nurses' Union convention since he was elected in 2001. But, today, he did welcome Canadian Federation of Nurses' Union delegates at their biennial meeting - which is taking place at the Vancouver Convention Centre. So how did that speech come about?
In an interview with Public Eye, British Columbia Nurses' Union president Deborah MacPherson said the biennium is usually opened by a dignitary from whichever province is hosting the convention. So, after the election, "We then started working with the health minister's office to try to get the premier to come and open. And, after a week or so, I hadn't heard anything. And I just happened to be sitting in my hair salon getting my hair cut - which I know is also the hair salon that Gordon Campbell goes to for haircuts in Vancouver. And, lo and behold as I'm sitting there he comes in for his haircut."
"So, at a certain moment when it seemed right - not when his head was in the tank getting washed or anything - I just went over and asked if I could have a moment of his time. And he said sure. And I gave him the invitation and he said he thought he'd be free - just send him a note. So I did. And there he is."