Excuse me, Ms. Black, what about this byelection?

In response to this question from the public, NDP candidate Dawn Black, the recently elected federal MP for the NDP references the illness of current NDP MLA Chuck Puchmayr as a driving force in her decision to leave federal politics and enter the Provincial race. This election posed too many important issues to allow the traditionally NDP riding to go to another party.

Green candidate Matt Laird had a zinger when he announced that he thought Ms. Black was doing a great job in Ottawa. He suggested she continue to do a good job… In Ottawa. Best laugh this evening.

Ms. Millar claims Ms. Black is shirking her responsibility to the public and leaving a $500,000 bill for the byelection to boot. Something tells me she doesn’t think that Dawn Black’s Provincial conversion was so funny. Black points out that with the current state of Federal politics, a general election will be called any time anyway so a byelection may not be necessary to begin with.

In closing statements, Liberal candidate Carole Millar announces that the NDP treats New Westminster as “a retirement post for the party faithful,” a possible dig at the age or Federal experience of Dawn Black. Both Laird and Black looked aghast at the comment. Calls of “low blow” are issued by the croud. Some are offended but many applaud the jibe, if only because it was so tawdry.

The comment doesnt really make sense to me as Puchmayr is not retirement material and in fact left the race due to illness. Federal New Democrat Peter Julian is quite young by MP standards so he cannot be said to have been given a plumb retirement post. Dawn  Black does not seem to be retiring into the riding either, as she is clearly replacing the ailing Puchmayr and further is likely to become a clear leadership candidate for the Provincial branch of the NDP.

Matt Laird notes Ms. Millar’s comment is an example of why BC-STV should be approved: to help end the partisan name-calling and roadblocks that prevent our province from going forward. An STV presentation will follow the All Candidates debate.

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One thought on “Excuse me, Ms. Black, what about this byelection?”

  1. Thanks for fixing the spelling mistakes on here. I saw it when I got home from the all candidates meeting, but I guess if you were live blogging and putting it in the discussion forums, post editing is the best choice. Congrats on a lively event, though I don't get the fact that the respective parties were allowed to "vet" questions from the floor. I thought that (what a surprise this is coming from me) Dawn carried the night. Matthew had some good points but at times is woeful on his facts (ie the amount of trucks that go from the deltaport to maple ridge. Why not ask someone that works in the industry than take your cue from a CN employee? But I digress)

    To me, Carole Millar was not comfortable in her own skin. She was on edge even before the event got under way, pacing back and forth, continually looking at her watch, looking really uptight. And frankly, if I wanted to read the Campbell Liberal platform, I would go get a copy myself, I didn't need it read to me verbatim but the Campbell representative. And her reaction to the person who read their question because the moderator couldn't read it, ("I thought no questions from the floor, why are they talking?") was brilliant. If you're like me and a non supporter. But above all, what will she be remembered for? Her crass comment at the end of her closing comment. I'll say this right now. I was never a fan of Joyce Murray. All you have to do is google my name on the Royal City Record website from 2003 to 2005 to see that.

    But I can't remember a moment in the 2005 campaign when she made a cheap comment, the way Carole did last night. You're running for public office and all you can come up with is a cheap snide comment at the end of your closing statement, and quoting chapter and verse from the Campbell platform? I went to the meeting to learn something about the people running. What I learned was this.

    1. Dawn Black is an extremely effective communicator, who can talk platform points but also talk personally one to one off the cuff and think on her feet.

    2. Matthew Laird, some good ideas but not well researched when it comes to some of his hot button issues. Not accurate facts on a number of topics (ie ALR, N/Fraser Perimeter Road etc).

    3. Carole Millar. Might as well have come with a disclaimer like the paid political ads on TV and the Radio. "The following is a paid repetition of platform with no personal input or thought of the candidate." "Elect me, and I'll do whatever Gordo tells me to." Had enough of that from 2001 to 2005 thanks.

    And besides, what's an all candidates meeting without some heckling, ribbing, and crowd reaction?? I'll tell you what it is… BORING!!!! Thank goodness for those people in the front row.

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