Monday, August 13, 2007

Three to tango in Vancouver-Quadra?

Unfortunately, none of them is Neve Campbell. But Public Eye Online's Sean Holman reports there may soon be a third entrant for the Conservative nomination in Vancouver-Quadra, and the chance to take on Liberal Joyce Murray:

In an interview with Public Eye, Howard Jampolsky - who recently lost the Tory nomination race in Richmond to Alice Wong - confirmed he's thinking about putting his name on the ballot.

If he tosses his chapeau into the ring Howard would be facing some stiff competition in the form of former BC Cancer Foundation president and CEO Mary McNeil and UBC business lecturer Deborah Merideth. He’s also be entering into a heated atmosphere: Harper loyalist John Reynolds is touting McNeil as a ‘star candidate’ while old Tory Senators Gerry St. Germain and Pat Carney are backing Merideth. There were even rumours last week that McNeil’s supporters were pushing for a cabinet spot for their candidate.

And even if Jampolsky got past all that he’d still face an uphill battle against a former provincial environment minister in Murray in a riding Liberal Stephen Owen carried handily last time.

So, if I were Howard I’d think twice about getting in the middle of this dust-up. Particularly given that he just ran for, and lost, the Conservative nomination in Richmond.

I’ve never been a big fan of this kind of riding shopping. Between elections is one thing; Murray ran in a New Westminster-Coquitlam for the Liberals in 2006. Conservative star Peter Kent is moving to a riding seen as more winnable within the GTA for the next election.

But two ridings within the same election cycle? It just doesn’t sit well with me. I don’t like the message it sends to the constituents of either riding, which is that it’s much more about getting elected then it is about representing them.

It can be tough when a good candidate narrowly loses a tight nomination battle and there’s an open riding next door, but I feel the right thing to do is wait until next time. A very desirable Liberal candidate in the Toronto area lost a tough nomination battle a few months back, and there was talk of running her in another riding. As much as I’d like to see her on a ballot I was against it, I don’t think it’s right, and it’s wrong for Jamplosky too.

Anyway, even if he gets into the race it will probably be all academic, I’d bet on McNeil at this point. Of course, this is all assuming Harper ever bothers to call the by-election

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Kingston said...

I totally agree with you concerning this "riding shopping" BCer. I truly believe that a candidate should have to live in the riding they are seeking the nomination in for the majority of the time that has elapsed since the previous election or they not be allowed to seek the nomination. The only excepting would be to allow leaders without a seat following a leadership convention to run temporarily in a "safe riding vacated by a member of their own party". I despise parachuting candidates in no matter what kind of "STAR CANDIDATE" you want to pretend they are.

Kingston said...

I despise parachuting candidates in no matter what kind of "STAR CANDIDATE" you want to pretend they are.
Clarification by "you" I did not mean you personally. I should of said no what kind of STAR CANDIDATE the party wants to pretend they are

Mushroom said...

Not good for Harpo.

Alice Wong's win over Jampolsky in Richmond shows that the so-cons are still playing the role of spoilers to the best laid plans of John Reynolds and Gerry St. Germain.

Shows that despite tons of cash and a PM that is militant on staying on message, the lunatics do come out and play to do damage.

Kingston said...

I see nothing wrong with these two people running against each other so long as they riding comes together at the end to support the one who won. I know,, the sky is orange in my world.

Tania said...

I don't know why people feel the issues in Vancouver/Surrey/Richmond are any different across the ridings. You could live on the border of a federal riding but still have the same issues as if you were in it. I don't think someone crossing one bridge is a "parachute" riding.

Federally, you represent a region. Provincially, you represent your riding. I would probably have difficulties with a candidate from Toronto being "parachuted" into a BC riding because the politics and issues are different.

People will find a reason to complain about anything I guess.

Kingston said...

Tania, Well I do not consider this complaining, If you live with your family in a riding then your are more then acceptable to represent that riding. If you do not live there, run in your own riding, How do you feel about candidates that live on the other side of Toronto for example and just lease an apartment or town house to meet the rules( hell save money just rent a box at PostBoxes are us)but have no intention of every living there, in most cases they do that because they are "STARS" according to the party brass an it is a safe riding. If I am going to represent people the least I can do is share the same postal code with them for my family's address. Tania how would you respond if the member that represented the riding that included down town Vancouver lived in Richmond.

Tania said...

Kingston, I wouldn't mind it a bit. For example, the person that represents me in my riding lives in Vancouver Quadra itself. He does fantastic work for my riding and not once do I question his loyalty to the people that live here.

Kingston, on voting day when picking between candidates, the question at the forefront of my mind will not be, "he lives in quadra therefore he must not understand me" but rather, "does he represent the same values I have, the same ideals and will he be a great representative for me." Logistics doesn't play a part in it.

Kingston there are many postal codes in each riding. If I had to demand someone shared my postal code just to vote for them, they'd have to literally be my neighbour.

Kingston said...

Tania, I am sure you understood what I meant by my postal code reference. I stand firm on my commitment concerning parachuting candidates into a riding. It would seem we will have to agree to disagree on this.