The individual who created two deleted "Curse of Christy Clark" threads on the Vancouver Canucks message board has said he was banned from the online forum after questioning whether that scrubbing was politically motivated. Public Eye earlier told you about those deleted threads, which warned the premier not to reignite the city's Olympic cauldron, lest she jinx the team's Stanley Cup playoff changes. In an interview, the individual - who asked that his name be withheld because he's seeking employment - acknowledged he created them as a lark.
The individual said he doesn't personally believe in such superstitions. But he said he knows a lot of sports fans do. So he wrote the threads to "get a rise of people," because of the lack of connection between the Olympics and the Canucks and "I also don't like to see politicians riding coattails that are really unrelated to them and currying favour with the electorate."
The messages were later deleted, with Canucks spokesperson T.C. Carling suggesting that might have happened because another thread discussing the cauldron lighting already existed, along with several other potential explanations.
Afterward, the individual posted two comments questioning those deletions - with last one wondering if the Canucks are Liberal backers. He was then banned from the forum.
"I was just positing more than anything. 'Why are you guys doing it? Is this because you're Liberal supporters?' I can't remember the exact wording. The threads are gone. And it's not like I have a copy of it," he said.
The Canucks have not yet responded to a request for comment placed yesterday.
Earlier, we reported on how the team, it's owner Francesco Acquilini and his companies have contributed $618,705 to the BC Liberal Party and its candidates between 2005 and 2010. Of that amount, $25,000 was donated directly to Ms. Clark's leadership campaign.
Yesterday, The Globe and Mail's Ian Bailey also revealed the Canucks have given the premier a pair of tickets to the team's Game 7 Stanley Cup showdown with the Boston Bruins.