Tsakumis Across the Country on Sun News…(AND!) at an BC NDP Fundraising Dinner???
Firstly, please join me and host Sneha (pronounced Snay-ha) Kularni on Sun News’ ‘Newswire’ this morning LIVE at 10:30am sharp. We’ll be talking about the Premier of BC’s falling numbers, what might be expected out of their convention and what the future might hold for the BC Liberals.
Secondly, I was privileged to be invited to sit as a guest at the BC NDP fundraising dinner at the Hotel Vancouver last night. Frankly, it reminded me of the BC Liberal dinners of 1999.
A packed house, with LOTS of traditionally BC Liberal supporters in the room, including major developers, financiers and government agencies. Astounding! Adrian gave a very good speech and made some very good points about environmental stewardship, with respect to the Enbridge pipeline and he touched on the importance of the resource sector, too. He also spoke of how more civility in government is not only preferable, but necessary. I was, a little disappointed that he didn’t touch on health care and justice–two issues, that, grow larger by the day. Our hospitals and courtrooms are packed to overflowing, with no end in sight. What’s he going to do to fix the problems?
Nevertheless, it was marvelous to spend some time reconnecting with my friends at the BC Paramedics (whose convention I recently spoke at) and my very gracious hosts, the BC Anesthesiologists (at whose upcoming convention I will be the keynote speaker).
I was delighted to spend some time with my friends Mike Farnworth, who is as articulate and wonderful as ever. And, of course, what’s an BC NDP event without the big Irishman, John Horgan, who I must say is looking terrific after a 40lbs weight loss (my heartiest congratulations, John!).
Horgan also had the funniest moment of the night. As I was making my way out of the hotel towards the valet, up to Horgan runs Vancouver city clowncilor and cycling fascist, Geoff Meggs. Meggs, who I hadn’t seen since the last civic election–and who I’ve met several times before, clearly didn’t recognize me without any of my hair and the goatee gone, as well, being minus 52 lbs. Horgan, who along with Farnworth and other NDP MLAs are regular readers of this blog, not missing a beat, looks at Meggs, gestures to me, and says with a huge smile, “Geoff, you two know each other, of course…” At which point Meggs extends his hand to me and says, “Hi Geoff Meggs, nice to meet you…” When I told him it was me, he turned three shades of purple, dropped his head and walked away in a hurried shuffle. ROTFLMAO! I almost had to pinch myself to hold back the laughter. Here’s Mr. Tough Guy, who incidentally is spouting more lies this morning on NW about the need for MORE bike lanes and more insidious one ways, and other associated bull, who finally runs into a real tough guy, and he scurries away into the night like frightened rat. LMAO! So much for Meggs the tough competitor! My challenge still stands Geoff. An open debate on the bike lane failures in this city and the viaducts. I’ll mop the floor with you or leave blogging for good. But if you lose, you immediately resign your seat and never run for public office again.
What an evil little man he is. So unpleasant, too. Oh well…
All in all the BC NDP have much to be proud of at the moment. They are firing on all cylinders and are committing to reasoned and moderate policies. Adrian is doing very well and the NDP unity is palpable.
On the other hand, it was announced this morning that Christy will NOT face a leadership review at the convention in Whistler this weekend.
Higher ups in the party are telling me that they were “petrified” she wouldn’t get more than “65%” approval. A dismal showing to be sure.
Think about it: John Cummins has more guts than Christy! LOL!
Anyway, if you miss me this morning on Sun News (Ch. 177) at 10:30am (PST), I will try to post the link ASAP.
Stay warm and dry, it’s miserable out there.
And if you’re late getting around the city, take a bike lane! They’re wide enough for most cars and always empty.