Geoff Meggs vs. George Heyman: The Battle for Climate Theocracy’s Local Crown Ends With a Lesser of Two Evils Holding the Belt
Have a look at the following:
“Geoff Meggs was the best Chief of Staff any Mayor of Vancouver ever had. My friend Larry Campbell isn’t an easy sell–he’ll tell you this himself, although it requires an afternoon AND evening at the Princeton bar. Meggs is one of those extremely polarizing, highly-doctrinaire individuals that does much better behind the curtain than one stage. He’s miserable, caustic and vindictive. He’s also told incredible lies about the useless bike lanes and the destruction of the viaducts. The studies by Silly Hall are all stage managed by Penny Ballem and Meggs is the three ring conductor, while Mike Magee adjusts Mayor Moonbeam’s puppet strings. It’s an all together destructive mix, that’s going to finish off Vancouver, thanks to people like Suzanne Anton and Mike Klassen–both of whom are mostly responsible for the NPA’s DISMAL, ATROCIOUS campaign of last fall.
So now Meggs is running provincially. Of course, he is. Meggs’ wife, excuse me, holistic life traveler, is the General Secretary of the BC NDP. She permitted the LATE delivery of THOUSANDS of illegal, largely Indo memberships in boxes, with CASH that was affixed to memberships afterwards (if I’m wrong, SUE ME, I dare you, I mean it, I dare you–SUE ME, go on…). Meggs, no dummy, may very well dispatch all-round nice guy, unioner George Heyman to the cheap seats in Fairview. Meggs is a guaranteed Cabinet Minister and will surely get something to do with municipal affairs, where he will facilitate the total destruction of Vancouver from afar, after the IDIOTS at NPA central help in that regard after their next AGM (more on that later).
If you’re an NDP reader of mine (there are thousands of you) please think about what you are doing. Meggs is a miserable, horrible public servant, who is one of the main architects of Vancouver’s continuing shame.
If you’re an NDP reader of mine and live in Vancouver Fairview, please vote for George Heyman. He’s a good guy and deserves your vote. Hopefully, he’ll win in a battle for climate theocracy’s local crown.”
I wrote that earlier this year, after Geoff Meggs announced he was running to secure the nomination for the BC NDP in Vancouver Fairview.
What happened last night, though, was a much different story than anyone expected, and on a number of fronts. Yes, George Heyman won, but the rest of the story goes downhill from there.
Far from being the force of nature Geoff Meggs was expect to be, his campaign landed with a thud and then a quick whimper. Nary two hundred voters! While Heyman could only muster just over that. Not even four hundred people bothered to show up! Well, is this a surprise?
Absolutely. Instead of the NDP spin and drivel peddling since this embarrassing debacle for them last night, let me give you the real story.
George Heyman is a climate change doomsterist, as is Meggs–but Meggs is attached to the Hollyhock crew–a most dangerous group.
Moreover, Meggs has a direct pipeline to two people the current NDP in this province DON’T like–at all. One, is Gregor Robertson, and two, is Robertson’s political godfather, Joel Solomon.
Gregor, as we all know, is the suit on stage for Solomon and his Tides Foundation cabal. But anytime Robertson gets into to trouble (without a teleprompter–and that’s often) he resorts to hailing Meggs, to center stage, in an attempt to save the day.
It rarely works, but Meggs is far better skilled at lying about everything from salted bike lanes studies to viaduct removal. He has moderately good debating skills and uses them judiciously. Gregor, on the other hand, comes across as a dunce.
And while there are those inside the NDP, who are quite prepared to live in relative peace with the Tides Foundation crazies, symbiosis isn’t happening–as there is the union movement; the salt of the earthers, as I call them, that realize Solomon’s drivel kills jobs. The green movement is the killer of the middle class; those wanting a better life, and willing to make the effort to do so. The greenies don’t care who they hurt and how much they have to lie to get there. It’s about dogma and doctrine.
Well, last night, this manifest itself in a contest that had the executive director of the Sierra Club pitted against a man the NDP had billed as a “popular” city councillor, with direct ties to the Hollyhock/Tides crowd.
Though, this latter description of Meggs as “popular”, is, of course, a bald faced lie. Meggs, contrary to the shameless spin you’ll see below, is NOT a popular city councillor.
Behold, from the arbiter of fair and balanced commentary…on why Meggs lost…
“Some people may have felt that he’s doing a good job on city council and wanted to keep him there,”
“If you see one city councillor in the media facing complaints, etc., on a tough file, it’ll usually be Geoff.”
“And the fact that he was easily re-elected again after the first three years is indication that people appreciate his efforts, understand his experience and knowledge, even if they don’t always agree on every position.”
This inexorable drivel was proffered to the Vancouver Sun’s Mike Hager, by none other than Bill Tieleman, who saw absolutely NOTHING wrong or unethical with making such a ridiculously biased public comment, while having been one of Meggs’ very advisers and strategists. He wasn’t asked to comment as a Meggs strategist, he was asked to comment as a commentator. It’s in the Sun story. No conflict there, right? Not a chance. Nope…geezus. He has no shame whatsoever. None at all. I’m, frankly, embarrassed for him.
Tell me again how Tieleman isn’t doing a disservice to the media and the people of this province, by being a backroomer, registered lobbyist AND campaign strategist all in one??? He’s commenting on a campaign he helped run and direct!!! He sees no shame in such fabrications! None!
According to him, Meggs didn’t get votes because a partisan crowd wanted him in Vancouver instead of Victoria. But on the other hand, Meggs is a really popular guy across the board. Huh??? Oh, yes, and he takes all the hard files. What???
Let me decipher Tieleman’s unendingly biased–and confused bafflegab for you: Meggs came 9th out of 10 councillors in 2008, and only managed to come 6th out of the 7 Vision ran in 2011. His vote share only increased from 49,000 to 56,000 votes. Meandering and confused Andrea Reimer rocketed past him to almost top the polls, while Meggs only received 3,000 more votes than newcomer Tony Tang. Meaning: Meggs isn’t the preferred choice, even among his own people!!!
Vision ran a shorter set of city council candidates and Meggs DID NOT show very well considering his higher profile in the community. He’s always been seen as too much of a polarizing figure–and often, NOT a team player.
This is a beloved public servant??? Oh well, Tieleman’s back in the wine room again, no question.
Then, he tells us Meggs takes on all the hard files! LOL! No he doesn’t. He only appears on bad news pieces because he’s skilled at spinning and lying (as is necessary). What a lark! And this passes for political commentary from Tieleman, all while having been the guy behind the scenes. Nice. Make a mess, and get to clean it up by spinning it to the public.
Regardless, Meggs’ has jumped the shark now. Not good enough to bring out more than some 170 voters and in his own backyard? Pathetic!
And as for Heyman, a nice enough chap, who earned his victory, but the NDP did NOT show well last night, considering where they are in the provincial polls.
Plus, the clear fissures in their coalition may again become manifest during election time. The Tides people wanted their instrument in there. The Robertson clan, led by Tieleman and Earnscliffe darling Marcella Munro pushed very hard for Meggs (she is in large part why super nice guy Mike Farnworth is not leader of the NDP–she ran his campaign).
Both of Gregor’s previous assistants endorsed Meggs, including Mira Oreck, who is currently shilling for another empty suit, Barack Obama. Also, the Fariview executive (an unethical move if there ever was one–you should always stay neutral) endorsed Meggs, too. They all gave him public endorsements, and it was all for naught.
So, the local crown of the climate theocrats goes to Heyman, who will hopefully remember his union pals before he does his Sierra Club pinheads.
Heyman won and good for him (I hope my endorsement of him helped), but the NDP hardly looked strong in a riding they will need to pick, to win handily in the next provincial election. No matter how they try to spin it, they can’t possibly be happy with the way last night went.
For those writing me to say that they think the Premier and John Cummins are getting a free ride from me: I cover what I cover to stir robust discussion. I’m not here to comment on the same issues, day-in, day-out.
Please be patient. Lots of days left this week.
Thanks for your patience, in advance.