Chilliwack Hypocrite John Martin Joins the Sinking BC Liberals to Help Bail Water Out of a Water-Logged Hull–But with John Cummins’ Cursed Bucket
I received a phone call last night from a member of the mainstream press.
“Smitty’s on to something…he says BC Liberal sources are telling him it’s big news tomorrow and it’s got something to do with the BC Conservatives; a possible defection.”
I almost burst out laughing. This, on the day a poll was released showing Adrian Dix and the BC NDP with a commanding lead and Christy’s numbers plummeting further (particularly among women!!!), along with John Cummins, leader of the BC Jesus Party circumnavigating the toilet bowl.
“Where,” I said, “is the announcement going to be?”
As soon a she said “Chilliwack” I knew it had to be former Chilliwack by-election train-wreck, John Martin. All sorts of names were being bandied about, including Chuck Strahl, or Sacha Peter (who was Martin’s campaign manager–but I spoke to him by phone and he denied wanting to cross “into Liberal hell” or that he knew anything about Martin wanting to go). The tip off was that Martin wasn’t returning his phone calls. I’m sorry, I just couldn’t be bothered to do a ‘Breaking News’ piece on a has-been leaving a half-submerged ship to a life-raft with three holes in it, trying to hit dry land five hundred nautical miles away.
Nevertheless, Martin, a good enough writer, and decent lecturer, spent the entire by-election campaign earlier this year, absolutely ripping the BC Liberals to shreds. He went after no one with more fire or gusto than Christy Clark herself!
He sent me a note, well-before I knew of him, and asked if I would speak to his class. He called my work on BC Rail, and specifically Clark herself, “courageous” and “an inspiration.”
And now, he’s willing to follow her??? LMAO! THIS was the big announcement that had Deputy Premier Rich Coleman huffing and puffing to Bill Good at 11:45am this morning??? LOL!
“Well, I do think it’s a big story, Bill.”
LOL! I’m still laughing every time I think about it. It is a big story alright, the BC Conservatives can count one less backstabber in their midst.
But here’s the crux of the matter: Who’s more the desperate hypocrite? Martin, after telling us that Christy is running a corrupt government and that the BC Liberals should be removed from office, or Clark and her cabal of cheap shot artists and manipulators, that are so frantic, anguished and aching to take in someone, who, until yesterday, hammered them into thin paste???
It’s unbelievable that the BC Liberals are so desperate, so without an agenda, so vacant of decent candidates, that they would take in Martin, who ran a disappointing campaign and even inside Chilliwack is a meaningless pick.
That they need to stoop this low demonstrates their fortunes. Not good.
In a related matter, the Supreme Court of Canada has today announced that prostitutes…oh nevermind…
Speaking of candidates, after the announcement this morning by Vancouver-Quilchena’s Colin Hansen that he is no longer running, two prominent names appear to have some momentum in replacing him.
One, is ever-popular former Vancouver Parks Commissioner Ian Robertson.
Robertson, a soft-’c’ Conservative (red Tory), is a highly affable, very strong networker and solid campaigner. He would be a true ‘star-candidate’ for the BC Liberals. The first one they’d be able to claim.
The other is well-respected lawyer Andrew Wilkinson.
He is a federal Liberal, but from the other side of the party than Christy Clark. The good side. He’s an old guard Grit, with tremendous credentials in the BC Liberal Party, having worked with Gordon Campbell, and he’s backed by long-time campaign titan and powerbroker Doug Leung–another plus in Wilkinson’s cap. In addition, his charity work and leadership skills are legendary. A highly likeable fellow, indeed, and he’d be another in the ‘star-candidate’ category.
Either one of these men would make very compelling candidates. The BC Conservatives will NOT split any votes on the center-right in Quilchena, if either of these guys wins. But they both present an interesting dilemma for Christy. Know why? Because neither of them particularly likes her.
Wilkinson’s federal Liberal pedigree plants him in the Chick Turner mold (even though he supported Chretien, too); real Liberals (remember them?), establishment ones. People who cared about the country and didn’t ever care if Paul Martin and Brian Mulroney chummed around. That brand was ANNIHILATED by Clark and her ex-husband, the ever-destructive Mark Marrisen, who delivered both the utterly feckless Paul Martin and terminally useless Stephane Dion–and, in the process, ruined the Liberal Party of Canada to the point where it’s current influence, if administered an enema, could be reduced into the head of a thimble.
As for Ian Robertson, I contacted him this morning between meetings in Whistler, and he had this to say.
“Alex, you’re putting me in a tough spot. I’m not ruling anything out yet, but there’s no question, I don’t like the direction the party took on the HST or is taking now. I got into politics to represent the wishes of the people and not the wishes of insiders. I hate that part of politics and I think the public does, too. I haven’t heard from the BC Liberals in awhile, but if they call again, that’s what I’ll be telling them. If they like it, great, but if they don’t; I have a wonderful job, two terrific boys, a really great marriage, and I’ll be super happy to continue doing what I love and spending time with Pam and the boys. Okay? Gotta go, take care.”
This should be interesting, as Quilchena is my home riding, I’ll take particular interest in this one.