‘EXCLUSIVE’ BREAKING NEWS: Mutiny On the Devoutly–BC Conservative Leader John Cummins Being Shown the Door…
It was only a matter of time…
I can confirm that John Cummins’ leadership of the BC Conservatives is tenuous at best and ANY protest to the contrary by his backers or party brass, is pure unadulterated bunk.
(1) Apparently, last week’s release announcing right wing extremist Randy White as a campaign advisor was the straw that broke the camel’s back. Nevermind the over 400 members, who have contacted me privately, heeding my call to abandon ship, there are very senior players that are EXTREMELY unhappy with the manner all sorts of issues are being dealt with, and all the problems emanate from the bailiwick of one man: leader (for now) John Cummins.
(2) Did you know that John Cummins is being paid FOUR THOUSAND DOLLARS per month to be leader? No? Well, you do now. Approved by the BC Conservatives feckless Board of Directors in July, Cummins is basically being rewarded for mediocrity: Being the gleeful recipient of the Christy Clark protest vote. He’s receiving a bloody honorarium for being a failure, as he hasn’t moved the needle forward on his own at all! Moreover, what does it say about Cummins’ commitment to purpose? His want for a better province? His belief in his cause? The BC Conservatives are giving him FOUR THOUSAND DOLLARS per month–THAT THEY CAN ILL-AFFORD–SOMETHING CUMMINS IS WELL–AWARE OF. What does this say about Cummins’ ability to manage the province, when he isn’t afraid to so significantly indebt his own party?! WOULD YOU TRUST SOMEONE LIKE THAT? NOT ME.
(3) Last Saturday a duly called meeting of the Board of Directors was had. It included top party brass, election readiness team members and a few candidates. Cummins and party president, gay-hating ‘Pastor’ Reed Elley, mysteriously couldn’t make it. Why? Let me help: Because the flurry of emails previous to the meeting–almost 100 of them, with a few high profile directors demanding a motion of non-confidence, had Cummins and Elley–tough guys, NOT, running for cover. What courage! Well, another meeting was eventually had on Sunday, with many of the same people in the room. And, indeed, a motion of non-confidence was tabled, but the dimwits in the room defending Cummins, all started wailing away about the constitutionality of the motion and their by-laws, plus other related FOOLISH, IRRELEVANT sidebars. I gather there wasn’t a lawyer among them, or at least someone that understood ‘Robert’s Rules of Order’ or ‘George Demeter’s Book of Parliamentary Law’. Of the intelligent set (and should be commended for caring about the legitimacy of their party and the province) are Vice-President Ben Besler, Director-at-Large, John Crocock and Vancouver Regional Director Milan Kljajic. The three of them support leadership review and said so. Essentially, without disliking Cummins, the three of them–at least the three of them, recognize that Cummins needs to go. Adding White to the team is the same garbage Cummins offered when he told me that Elley wasn’t his choice for “front-row” advisor. And yet, Cummins allowed Elley exactly that not a fewmonths later!
With his nose out of joint over all this, very curiously, and now resigned, is Jeff Bridge, another Director-at-Large, who apparently didn’t like the motion, although he has admitted to BC Conservative hierarchs, that Cummins’ leadership is a “major problem.” Although Bridge, in the past, has stopped during family visits and work to take my calls, he’s been cowardly ducking me the last two days and sent me an absurd, perfunctory email about how he would call this evening to discuss the obvious. No such call came. Gutless. But as a courtesy, I sent him a final text prior to posting this story. He refused to respond. Pity, as I like Bridge, but his behavior is cowardly and beneath contempt. At least a ‘No Comment’…would have sufficed.
(4) Cummins has THRICE had conversations with party hierarchs and called the evening of the very same day, having forgotten the earlier discussion, and sounded scattered and vacant.
(5) Cummins hordes the decision-making, claiming that press releases, etc are all “party decisions.” In fact, he approves all of them and when complaints are made about Elley’s terminal uselessness, he falls silent, only to support the offending party instead of getting to the bottom of the problem.
(6) There are some superb local candidates in the Interior that haven’t been properly supported with infrastructure and money. When this was recently brought to Cummins’ attention, he blewit off.
(7) There may be legal issues with their database contract–including possible privacy issues. Cummins was confronted with this by multiple members, MONTHS AGO. Nothing has been done, in fact, he blew that off as well.
(8) What does it says about a party that attacks Christy Clark about the secrecy, lack of openness and transparency in her party, but commits to the very same acts, in spades?
(9) What does it say about a party that hasn’t been able to keep its best advisers: Andrea Smith, Neil McIver, Jeff Bridge, Warren Smith??? These are people who have been in the trenches and Andrea Smith, in senior ministerial executive roles–and they’re all gone. Replaced by has-beens: Randy White, Reed Elley and now, curiously–unbelievably, Will McMartin, who I thought was a columnist for ‘The Tyee’ online! This is the problem I have with people that think journalism has a revolving door. McMartin, who I dealt with years ago during my Socred days, has a sketchy record of campaign “accomplishments”, including the ’96 debacle. Nice enough man, but not someone who can advance the BC Conservative cause. I preferred him as a columnist. For shame, if the ‘The Tyee’ editorial board thinks this doesn’t hurt their credibility. It hurts journalism.
And McMartin was hand-picked by John Cummins.
Essentially, the problem here is the leader. He’s attracted default support and done nothing else except put his foot in it, on everything from declaring the HST sound policy, to knee-jerk support for the Enbridge pipeline (which should not be built) to his STILL bizarre thoughts on homosexuality being a “behavioral choice.” For shame.
Now, for those on the BC Liberal side celebrating this news, don’t pop those champagne corks just yet.
I have a little something for your leader…very soon.
But what a disaster the BC Conservatives are under Cummins. They are badly divided; led by no shortage of losers and consumed by the undercurrents of incompetency and foolishness. He has got to go, and anyone thinking otherwise hasn’t the first clue how to arrive at an election win.
Nor deserves one.
Incidentally, I reached BC Conservative MLAJohn vanDongen at his home and he was happy to take time away from dinner to offer a stern, but polite, ‘Alex, there’s no way you’re going to get anything out of me except a firm ‘No Comment’. Okay? I’m sure you’ve already got lots to write about anyway. Take care and thanks for calling.”
I ask again: What does THAT tell you?
What a train wreck Cummins has caused.
In anticipation of their dirty laundry being aired by me, the BC Conswervatives have sent preemptive messaging to certain members of the media this evening. Apparently, they claim it’s in their constitution to have a leadership review in September. No it’s not. The option is there, but there is nothing in there that they MUST follow. So, you can bet that unless this is nipped in the bud now, and Cummins along with his church group and has-beens, aren’t immediately fired, there will be a duel to the death by their Langley convention on September 22nd, and if Cummins’ forces win, the party shatters and they don’t win a single seat. YOU HEARD IT HERE FIRST.
But if they do something intelligent, and install someone else, with credibility and experience, then they have a shot of getting past the 20% in the polls and perhaps electing a handful of MLAs. Other wise, they can forget it.
The can forget everything.