Provincial Liberal leadership candidate Christy Clark's campaign manager Ken Boessenkool has resigned. In an email, circulated internally to Ms. Clark's team and exclusively obtained by Public Eye, Mr. Boessenkool explained, "Over the past few days the Prime Minister's Office has asked that paid staff and senior members if (sic) the national Conservative campaign team refrain from taking formal positions in the leadership campaigns for the BC Liberal Party. As I have a senior role on the national Conservative campaign team, this request has obvious implications for my role in the Christy Clark Leadership campaign. I will therefore be stepping aside as campaign manager for the campaign." Mr. Boessenkool, a former senior policy advisor and strategist to Stephen Harper, will be replaced by Ms. Clark's campaign co-chair Mike McDonald. The following is a complete copy of the aforementioned email.
Message from Co-Chairs
Wow, Christy just rocked on Bill Good! Great start to the week.
We're off to a good start thanks to all of your hard work.
The Tour team put on a flawless event. The social media / web presence was outstanding. We have built, and are gaining momentum on the ground. And of course, Christy herself was terrific!
Christy's Day 1 events were well supported in Harry Bloy's riding and in Pitt Meadows. Day 2 in Williams Lake and 100 Mile House was a huge success with former MLA Walt Cobb and numerous other party members signing on to our team.
And on Friday night, Christy had a lot of great conversations with provincial riding presidents and BC Young Liberals, and then powered through the weekend with lots of calls and meetings to build the organization.
We have been taking stock of the organization and considering how best to meet the challenges of the next 75 days.
First of all, Mike McDonald will be assuming the role of campaign manager. As you know, Mike has been performing this role on a day-to-day basis along with Ken Boessenkool. A message from Ken is included below indicating that he is unfortunately not able to continue, so Mike will move into that role. Ken has been a tremendous help and has been a key part of getting the campaign up and running. We appreciate all that he has done for Christy and for getting our campaign to where we are at today.
This week, we'll get the campaign office open and we have some great new additions to the campaign team joining us, who we will introduce at our campaign meeting on Wednesday night. We'll be focusing on continuing to set up the organization and internal communications and turning up the heat on our 85 riding membership drive.
Christy is on the road this week and Tour and Ground operations are working around the clock to execute successful events and build organization in all 85 ridings.
Did you know? Recruits can text 393939 and type "Christy" into the message and they will be instantly added to our list of supporters. Great for membership drive and get out the vote.
Thank you again for all your help,
Sharon & Mike
Over the past few days the Prime Minister's Office has asked that paid staff and senior members if the national Conservative campaign team refrain from taking formal positions in the leadership campaigns for the BC Liberal Party. As I have a senior role on the national Conservative campaign team, this request has obvious implications for my role in the Christy Clark Leadership campaign. I will therefore be stepping aside as campaign manager for the campaign. I sincerely regret any inconvenience this will cause.
It has been a great pleasure working with all of you, especially Christy.
I trust our paths will cross again and I wish you every success.