John Slater Detonates New Year’s Bomb at Christy Clark’s Doorstep! Boundary Similkameen MLA Calls It Quits on the BC Liberals! As the Smear Campaign Against Him Begins…
“Mr. Slater’s candidacy is not being approved due to personal issues that, in our view, impact his ability to represent the Party.”
Those despicably chosen words, were written by BC Liberal President (and very close friend of Patrick Kinsella), Sharon White, QC.
John Slater has resigned, as the BC Liberal party wouldn’t approve his candidacy. In the middle of the competing stories being proffered by both President, Sharon White, and Executive Director, Mike McDonald, Slater has denied that he had agreed to step aside.
It’s White words though that are reminiscent of similar character assassination. Remember when John vanDongen left the BC Liberals? Rich Coleman leapt to center stage, in front of any camera he could locate, and suggested vanDongen had “personal problems.” Well, here we go again, except that now it’s White that’s been tapped to do the hatchet job.
What a disgrace!
I’m told by party insiders that the whisper campaign coming from BC Liberal hierarchs is that Slater is “a drunk.”
Really? I’m too much of a gentleman to tell you that there are SEVERAL high ranking BC Liberal drunks, one in particular, and they survived just fine remaining MLAs and getting renominated, thank you very much. I’m sure it’s a coincidence that they all kiss the hem of Christy’s royal robes.
She’s no slouch in the drinking department either. I think the BC Liberals shouldn’t throw stones from an all glass house.
I put in two separate calls to Mr. Slater, who by all accounts, is a very fine public servant and has never been cited or reprimanded for alcohol or anything else. His community leaders love him, and his constituents are shell-shocked–even though the writing has been on the wall for some time.
But that all doesn’t matter to the BC Liberals. It’s his character they want to injure. He must be punished for doing the right thing–he’s been critical of his own government, both inside and outside caucus.
Sharon White, who I’ve known for 25 years, should show some shame, and apologize for chooing her words so poorly. She could have phrased her letter differently, simply saying he didn’t meet her party’s candidate criteria. Instead, she facilitated any and all amounts of speculation to swirl. For shame!
Chronic bronchitis could be a personal issue. As could bad breath or a bum hip. None of that was what White wanted you to think; she sent out the letter knowing full well speculation would envelope Slater, while BC Liberals operatives would take up the slack and start telling tall tales about Slater’s drinking habits.
Disgusting, Sharon. And well beneath who I thought you once were.
Slater isn’t a drunk–far from it. And his drinking has never affected his tireless work on behalf of constituents. He’s more a bon vivant than a boozer.
Regardless, Slater has now announced that he’s running again as an independent, so you can either hand that riding to the NDP or give it back to Slater.
What amazes me, too, is the additional claptrap coming from former mayor of Oliver, rumoured BC Liberal candidate Linda Larson–Slater’s replacement. If Slater is truly a close a friend of hers, as she claims time and again, then Larson should tell the BC Liberals to go pack sand, and have no problem doing so.
Only that would demonstrate the depth of her friendship with him.
This would require a conscience, I gather. Let’s see if Larson has one. If not, she’ll fit right in with the BC Liberals, and was lying all along about waiting for Slater to make his move.
Stay tuned. This breaking story has legs. And long ones at that!
The BC Liberals just can’t do anything right. What a badly botched affair!