Blog Entry Sixteen Election Campaign 2013

Welcome to Slapshot 3:

No disrespect meant to our two presidents: they came, they saw, they threw a lot of material around. It’s Sunday morning, for cryin’ out loud, and there are BC Liberal candidates thick on the ground in North Vancouver-Seymour. There’s North Vancouver-Lonsdale incumbent Naomi Yamamoto, Jane Thornthwaite (North Vancouver-Seymour) and even West Vancouver-Capilano hopeful Ralph Sultan (until the dissolution of the House, Minister for Seniors). But (no disrespect) this is not who we’re hoping for. And then, there’s a buzz at the back of the hall, the crowd parts and… yes, yes, yes… there’s Premier Christy Clark, her face red from the glare of the red-light cameras, but that’s not who we’ve come to see…

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At least, it’s not who we old hockey guys have come to see. We don’t wanna see the hockey mom who runs red lights – we wanna see the hockey god who usta light red lamps – Dave “Babs” Babych, who is coming out in support… well, let’s just say this is Bab’s last power-play.

Meanwhile, we have a power-play of our own -- got two heavy-hitters from the CHF BC’s “You Hold the Key” campaign going head-to-head with all that BC Liberal brass and former Canucks/Jets/etc. sound and light. Isabel Evans, president of CHF BC and Anne Davidson, CHF Canada president. Okay, so against the line of Yamamoto, Clark and Thornwaite (you pick which one’s in the middle – you got Babych and Sultan playing defence), we have just two forwards. But being presidents, they’re quite used to playing forward, and they press the home team for some answers re. support for co-op members who are gonna need it when their operating agreements end with the federal government…

In the end, it was a scoreless tie. As Isabel put it: “No one would give any pledges and they would not make any promises that were not already on their platform. They all accepted our name cards and background info that we had. Christy's speech was mostly against the NDP and Adrian Dix. The main thing she talked about was not leaving any debt for our children.”

In the end, our short-handed presidents got some photo-ops with Christy et al (including a Canucks T-shirt with “BC's Best Defense” written on the front). The big question is: who will actually come forward and commit to supporting rent-geared-to-income programs for those who will need it very, very soon? Perhaps we need to go to the shoot-out… or with the playoffs looming, overtime…