Ms. Clark wasn't prominent political organizer Prem Vinning's first choice to lead the provincial Liberals. Instead, he backed Mike de Jong. Nor was Ms. Clark his second choice to succeed Gordon Campbell. In a news release distributed just five five days before the leadership vote, Mr. Vinning announced that honour would go to George Abbott. Nevertheless, according to records obtained by Public Eye via a freedom of information request, he was on Ms. Clark's personal invite list for the ceremony that saw her sworn-in as premier. Asked how he came to be on that list, Mr. Vinning - who has had a colourful career in provincial politics - told Public Eye, "I guess somebody saw fit to invite me. There was a lot of people there, Sean. There was whole room full of people who supported all sorts of different candidates."
May 4, 2011