Falcon’s bud ditches Christy to join BC Conservatives

Rick Peterson, a key member of Kevin Falcon’s campaign team, has defected to the BC Conservatives.

Peterson will join John Cummins’ Conservatives as Deputy Chair of the party’s Finance Committee.  Translation: Peterson will be making the corporate rounds raising money for BC’s new flavour on the right.

Peterson ran for the BC Liberal nomination in Fairview in 2009 and has been active in Vancouver Civic Politics in the past several years.  Early in 2011 Peterson was touted as a potential saviour for the NPA but declined to run for Mayor on their ticket.

As well, Peterson is highly connected to the BC wing of the Federal Conservative Party.  Take that, Sara MacIntyre.

Seriously, Peterson’s defection is a real blow to the BC Christy Party and signals the struggle taking shape within BC’s Federal Tories regarding the BC Liberal government.

Do we dump Christy Clark, the apparent loser of the next election and Federal Liberal anyway and work to build the BC Conservatives into the “next time” party?  Or do we unite behind the fool in the West Office to try and prevent even a single term NDP government?  That’s what’s going down with BC’s Harperite insiders.

Peterson’s made his decision. And it’s a powerful one.  An up and coming mover and shaker who puts on the Burgundy Club show once a month for other right of centre movers and shakers, Peterson has the connections to move some serious money Cummins’ way, reducing the BC Liberal pool at the same time.

 

 

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6 Responses to Falcon’s bud ditches Christy to join BC Conservatives

  1. cherylb says:

    Hoo boy…we live in interesting times, don’t we?

  2. RossK says:

    Burgandy Club?

    Pray tell…

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  3. Scotty on Denman says:

    The last time we saw this kind of political viral shedding was when Socred suckling Gordon Campbell infected Gordon Wilson’s new Liberal party, usurping its DNA, replicating neo-right ideology to become the BC Liberals and ultimately to metastasize into every public service and institution in British Columbia. Now that the BC Liberal party’s suffering the same prognosis as its predecessor, the neo-right virus needs a new host. And along comes the new BC Conservative party.

    Campbell’s strategy was straightforward: dirk party leader Wilson by smearing his marital indiscretions with another Liberal MLA all over the press, then return political discourse to the ideologically polarized state so tiresomely familiar to British Columbians. Ironically, much of the Liberals’ electoral success came directly from Wilson’s criticism of polarization during the party leaders’ televised debate; by the time the next election rolled around, however, Campbell had usurped the leadership and twisted Wilson’s centrist vision to the point the party’s name had become a complete misnomer eventually qualified as “BC” Liberal to distinguish it from real liberals. Campbell did have, though, a perfectly polarizing counterpart in the new NDP Premier Glen Clark.

    To Campbell’s bitter frustration, the BC Liberals lost to Clark’s NDP, even though they got a larger share of the popular vote, so he was impressed by Kevin Falcon’s retaliatory enthusiasm to initiate a Recall campaign in each recently won NDP riding, later encouraging him to run and eventually promoting him to cabinet. Falcon, most loyal of Campbell’s ministers, staunchly held out against the Anti-HST forces to the very last, even after his leader had fallen. Like a pupil defending the teachings of a beloved master, Falcon went on to contest the vacated leadership. He must have felt a twinge of bitter frustration over his defeat, certainly, but always having been a good student, he must have also asked what would his master have done in the same situation.

  4. workforfun says:

    Like a pupil defending the teachings of a beloved master, Falcon went on to contest the vacated leadership. He must have felt a twinge of bitter frustration over his defeat, certainly, but always having been a good student, he must have also asked what would his master have done in the same situation.

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    Unfortunately, Falcon was not that good a pupil – he wouldn’t resign in disgrace like Campbell did and continues to this day, stating one lie after another in a desperate attempt at trying to cover up the sabotage that the BC Liberals have d one.

    Thanks

  5. Ian says:

    Hey RossK, I’ve been meaning to comment on your HST (the guy, not the tax) posts. In the early seventies I wrote a political philosophy paper on him. I should have guessed you’d be similarly inspired.

    Here’s the website of the Burgundy Club. http://burgundyluncheonclub.com

    It’s a good idea. I’ve long thought their should be such a thing on the broad left/middle.

  6. RossK says:

    Thanks Ian for the BurClub info Ian.

    Regarding Mr. Thompson…My longterm experience reading him has been pretty weird, because I always find something new such that now, finally, ‘gonzo’ is the least/most superficial aspect of all of it.

    Most recently, when I read the letters volumes, I think…Holy Doodles!…On top of it all, this guy was the world’s first blogger…..(before the internet, of course)

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