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PostPosted: Wed Oct 18, 2006 11:08 am
 


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Chairman of Bob Rae's B.C. campaign resigns
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Published: Saturday, October 07, 2006

OTTAWA -- The federal Liberal party, which is trying to rebuild its battered image after the sponsorship scandal helped drive the party from power in January, suffered another setback Friday when the B.C. chairman for leadership contender Bob Rae was forced to resign from the campaign.

Mason Loh stepped down due to "significant irregularities," said Rae campaign spokesman Bryan Baynham.

Baynham, a Vancouver lawyer, said at least three dozen -- and perhaps more than 100 -- delegate application forms were signed by "over enthusiastic volunteers" from Loh's network rather than by actual applicants who had agreed to stand forward as delegates.

There was a concern the signatures didn't always reflect the people who filled out the forms."

Those delegates' applications will be nullified and those who were selected during last month's so-called Super Weekend selection process will no longer be able to attend the Montreal convention in December, Baynam said.

However, he said he expects other Rae supporters who put forward their names as potential delegates using valid application forms will be able to fill those slots. Baynham said the volunteers' actions shouldn't be viewed as forging or faking signatures because the volunteers weren't deliberately breaking rules.

"It shouldn't have happened but I haven't seen evidence that somebody did this fraudulently," he said.

It is the second ethical controversy to erupt in recent weeks. The Liberal party imposed a $20,000 fine on the campaign candidate Joe Volpe in late September after it was alleged his campaign was paying the fee for some new party members.

Loh wouldn't discuss his resignation when contacted by cellphone Friday.
Vancouver Sun


Sounds more like fraud or forgery, when delegate application forms were signed by "over enthusiastic volunteers". source


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 18, 2006 11:11 am
 


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Chairman of Bob Rae's B.C. campaign resigns
CanWest News Service
Published: Saturday, October 07, 2006

OTTAWA -- The federal Liberal party, which is trying to rebuild its battered image after the sponsorship scandal helped drive the party from power in January, suffered another setback Friday when the B.C. chairman for leadership contender Bob Rae was forced to resign from the campaign.

Mason Loh stepped down due to "significant irregularities," said Rae campaign spokesman Bryan Baynham.

Baynham, a Vancouver lawyer, said at least three dozen -- and perhaps more than 100 -- delegate application forms were signed by "over enthusiastic volunteers" from Loh's network rather than by actual applicants who had agreed to stand forward as delegates.

There was a concern the signatures didn't always reflect the people who filled out the forms."

Those delegates' applications will be nullified and those who were selected during last month's so-called Super Weekend selection process will no longer be able to attend the Montreal convention in December, Baynam said.

However, he said he expects other Rae supporters who put forward their names as potential delegates using valid application forms will be able to fill those slots. Baynham said the volunteers' actions shouldn't be viewed as forging or faking signatures because the volunteers weren't deliberately breaking rules.

"It shouldn't have happened but I haven't seen evidence that somebody did this fraudulently," he said.

It is the second ethical controversy to erupt in recent weeks. The Liberal party imposed a $20,000 fine on the campaign candidate Joe Volpe in late September after it was alleged his campaign was paying the fee for some new party members.

Loh wouldn't discuss his resignation when contacted by cellphone Friday.
Vancouver Sun


Sounds more like fraud or forgery, when delegate application forms were signed by "over enthusiastic volunteers". source


Yup. A rose by any other name. Or is that manure? :D


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I'm just glad that the transparency of the liberal leadership race allows for the public to be critical of the practices.

I don't remember anything about the conservative leadership race, as it was very secreitive.(Aside:I believe it involved some underground cavern and a group of old men in purple cloaks.) This could have to do with the way that cons raise money for their campaigns:
Canada's Chief Elections Officer Jean-Pierre told reporters yesterday that "A fee paid to attend a political event of a registered party amounts to a contribution to the party, except where the attendee receives some tangible benefit having a commercial value [such as accommodation or a meal].” By failing to disclose these donations, the Conservative Party has violated Canada’s Election Act.
http://politicsblog.ctv.ca/blog/_archiv ... 46883.html

The other parties could learn a lot from the type of openness liberals are presenting.


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God, Delwin is back? Oh joy.

And riden, you seem to post in the Liberal forum more than in any other.


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Delwin wrote:
The other parties could learn a lot from the type of openness liberals are presenting.


ROTFL ROTFL ROTFL ROTFL ROTFL ROTFL


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openness liberals are presenting



Like the openness of Belinda's legs ?


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TheGup wrote:
God, Delwin is back? Oh joy.

And riden, you seem to post in the Liberal forum more than in any other.


I'm as transparent as pacific rim granite.
With 13 LONG YEARS OF LEGACY it' not hard thy they built up their share of questions. In that time the Russian Comunist party may have burried more people but the Lib hid far more skeletons.

I understand that the party sections were reserved for the party faithfull but that sort of fell by the wayside. I will put these wherever they are deemed appropriate.


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