Liberals stab Allison Patton in the back, nominate Marvin Hunt in Surrey-Panorama riding
Marvin Hunt flanked by then-federal Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff and Sukh Dhaliwal wearing the party badge at the Federation of Canadian Municipalities Conference in Whistler in 2009. Photo submitted
THE revelation that the B.C. Liberals were trying to win over visible minority voters by the usual gimmicks isn’t going to help the party gain support in the South Asian or the Chinese-Canadian communities.
On the contrary, their planned apologies for the Komagata Maru incident and the Chinese head tax will now seem like a bad joke.
And after the way Premier Christy Clark’s election team bosses Mike McDonald and Bruce Burley treated Abbotsford Councillor Moe Gill – they preferred a white guy, University of the Fraser Valley criminologist Darryl Plecas (whose niece is married to Minister of Energy, Mines and Natural Gas and Deputy Premier Rich Coleman’s son), as their candidate in Abbotsford South and bullied Gill to give up on the riding – the Liberals can only expect contempt from most South Asians.
Clark and her team have been stumbling from one blunder to another in dealing with South Asians. They seem to have the worst South Asian advisors as can be clearly seen from the shameful Sukh Dhaliwal episode.
And even now Dhaliwal is reportedly interfering in the Surrey-Panorama riding and the Liberals have ended up backstabbing Dr. Allison Patton, the former B.C. Conservative Party constituency association president of Surrey-White Rock, after inviting her to join their party and assuring her of nomination and then slimily nominating Surrey Councillor Marvin Hunt instead.
Asian Journal learned of this plot on Thursday and I fired off an email to the Liberal Party seeking an explanation for this treachery and about reports that Clark’ brother Bruce had also met with Dhaliwal recently in the selection manoeuvres in that riding went unanswered.
Photo 2: Dr. Allison Patton (left) with Transportation Minister Mary Polak, at Polak’s acclamation event last weekend. Photo submitted
My email evidently caused the party to panic and early on Friday morning they announced that Hunt would be their candidate in Surrey-Panorama.
Allison was caught in a no-win situation and the party noted in its press release: “Former BC Conservative Riding President Allison Patton had considered running for Today’s BC Liberals in Panorama, but dropped out to support Marvin Hunt.
““Marvin is a tremendous candidate to represent Today’s BC Liberals, and I’m proud to support him in Surrey-Panorama,” concluded Patton.”
Indeed, not even decent Caucasians can trust the Liberals any longer!
It seems that from now on the road is only headed down for Clark and her team – nothing can help them recover at this late stage – not even the badly managed Bollywood circus called TOIFA.
As the Liberals realize the hopelessness of the situation, the knives will be out for Clark as quite a few have been waiting for this.
Just ask Kevin Falcon!
THE Multicultural Strategic Outreach Plan apparently directed by Premier Christy Clark’s deputy chief of staff Kim Haakstad in January 2012 was leaked to the NDP – expect more leaks by government officials who want to make friends with the NDP whom they expect to form the next government!
The government planned “quick wins” such as apologies for the Komagata Maru.
Pretty amusing was the suggestion to “develop a stable of supporters willing to write letters to the editor or call in to open-line shows in non-English media.”
On Thursday, Clark said she had launched an internal investigation to confirm that no taxpayer dollars were improperly spent in the strategy.
She claimed she saw the report for the first time on Thursday and had asked her deputy in the civil service, John Dyble, to investigate the matter. New Democrats sent a letter to the Deputy Minister to the Premier asking him to release the terms of reference and scope of his investigation into the abuse of government resources for Liberal partisan purposes.
Photo 3: Marvin Hunt Photo submitted
But the NDP questioned Clark’s move. “While we believe the investigation into the partisan political direction given to public service staff should be done independently, it’s clear the Liberals are determined to bury this investigation by having the premier’s office investigate itself,” said NDP House Leader John Horgan.
“I’ve written to Mr. Dyble and asked to see what the terms of reference of his investigation are, and what the timeline for completion is.”
In the letter, Horgan asked Dyble to include in his investigation the involvement of the Premier and her office, the minister responsible for multiculturalism and his office, any persons named in the plan or persons named in the leaked documents and emails.
And in question period Thursday, the NDP asked the Liberals why the Premier’s Office is conducting an internal investigation, when the scandal reaches deep into the premier’s office itself.
HOWEVER, the suggestions to use government resources for party purposes shocked British Columbians.
On Wednesday, Horgan grilled the government on the plan, a key goal of which is “creating a contact database” for the Liberal Party via “coordination between constituency assistants, the Party, the ministry of state for multiculturalism, Intergovernmental Relations Secretariat, and GCPE.”
Horgan noted: “This leaked document confirms that the Liberal government is turning the public service into a wing of the B.C. Liberal party in their increasingly desperate attempts to improve their re-election chances. This secret plan details a comprehensive plan to target ethnic voters, involving the Premier’s Office, the Liberal caucus, the Liberal party and—most disturbingly, the public service.
“The Premier is well aware of the rules that forbid staff in her office, ministers’ offices, and MLA community offices, from working on B.C. Liberal party contact lists and databases. The rules are clear, taxpayer-supported resources cannot go toward building political party contact lists and campaign databases, such as the Liberal Party’s system.”
Horgan noted that a central objective of the plan is “making sure that government, caucus and the party are all working together in a coordinated and effective manner” and asked the premier to justify her government’s abuse of taxpayer resources for partisan political purposes. The document mentions “facilitating coordination between the party, government and caucus” at least seven times.
Horgan said: “This secret plan clearly demonstrates the Liberals are deliberately folding government resources and staff into their party’s campaign machinery, despite rules that forbid this.”
In accordance to the terms of their employment, the Premiers Office, and ministers’ office staff cannot “engage in political activities during working hours or use government facilities, equipment, or resources in support of these activities.”
THE latest Angus Reid Public Opinion poll delivered bad news for the Liberals earlier this week as it showed that they were unable to increase their standing among voters in British Columbia following their throne speech and pre-election budget.
The online survey of a representative provincial sample of 803 British Columbian adults on February 22 and 23 (with a margin of error of 3.5%) also shows that BC New Democratic Party (NDP) leader Adrian Dix is still perceived as the best person to handle most pressing issues, including the economy.
Across British Columbia, 47 per cent of decided voters and leaners (+1 since January) would support the BC NDP candidate in their riding if a provincial election were held tomorrow.
The governing BC Liberals are second with 31 per cent (=), followed by the BC Green Party with 10 per cent (=) and the BC Conservatives with nine per cent (-1).
The BC NDP maintains a high level of support in Vancouver Island (53%), and holds the upper hand over the BC Liberals in Metro Vancouver (44% to 35%) and the Interior (45% to 29%). The BC Greens once again had a solid showing in Vancouver Island (19%, just three points behind the BC Liberals). The BC Conservatives dropped to single digits in Metro Vancouver (9%) and are still a distant third in the Southern Interior (13%).
The BC NDP holds a 12-point lead over the BC Liberals among male voters (46% to 34%), and a 20-point advantage among women (47% to 27%). The BC Liberals trail the New Democrats among all age groups, and have their best showing with those over the age of 55 (37%, nine points behind the BC NDP).
There is little fluctuation on the retention rates, with the BC NDP keeping 87 per cent of its voters in 2009, and the BC Liberals holding on to 66 per cent of their supporters from the last provincial election. The governing party continues to lose voters to both the BC NDP (17%) and the BC Conservatives (11%).
Three-in-five British Columbians (59%) believe it is time for a change in government in British Columbia, while one-in-four (24%) would re-elect the BC Liberals. While 90 per cent of NDP voters in 2009 think it is time for a new party to take over in Victoria, only 53 per cent of BC Liberal voters in 2009 endorse the continuation of the current government.
OFFICIAL Opposition and BC NDP leader Adrian Dix keeps the highest approval rating at 43 per cent (-3 since January), followed by Premier and BC Liberals leader Christy Clark (31%, unchanged), Green Party leader Jane Sterk (24%, +1) and BC Conservative Party leader John Cummins (15%, +2). On the Best Premier question, Dix (30%) remains ahead of Clark (21%).
Across British Columbia, 28 per cent of respondents say their opinion of Dix has worsened, bringing his momentum score to negative territory (-7). Still, the results of this question are considerably worse for Clark (-36) and Cummins (-24).
The economy (28%) remains the top issue for British Columbians, but health care (20%, +6 since January) has emerged as a key concern, followed by leadership (14%) and the environment (9%). Dix is now clearly the preferred person to handle most issues, with leads over Clark on health care (38% to 18%), education (35% to 23%), the economy (30% to 24%) and crime (24% to 17%). The opposition leader is slightly ahead of the incumbent premier on federal provincial relations, and barely trails Sterk on the environment.