Earlier, Public Eye told you about an effort by environmental groups to sway the results of the provincial Liberal leadership race - encouraging green-minded British Columbians to join the party so they can participate in Saturday's vote to pick Gordon Campbell's successor. But how successful was that effort? Well, organizers reckon their sign-ups account for over five percent of Liberal members in 35 ridings. They also reckon that - within those 35 ridings - there are 10 where their recruits comprise over 12 percent of members. Within that 10, there are eight where their sign-ups accounts for over 15 percent of members. That includes Victoria-Swan Lake (60 percent), Kootenay West (over 30 percent) and Saanich North and the Islands (over 25 percent).
In an earlier email, the Dogwood Initiative - one of the environmental groups that was part of that recruitment effort - stated it wouldn't be telling supporters to vote for any particular leadership candidate because it's a "non-partisan organization." But the initiative's No Tankers director Eric Swanson promised "other organizations like Conservation Voters of BC will be endorsing specific candidates." That endorsement, which was rolled out today, recommends Liberals vote for first for Mike de Jong, then George Abbott and finally Christy Clark on their preferential leadership ballot.