On Saturday (August 16), the B.C. New Democrats put the B.C. Liberals to shame with their turnout at the Korean Cultural Heritage Festival at Swangard Stadium.
Counting their municipal colleagues with the Burnaby Citizens Association, there may have been 20 elected NDP politicians in attendance.
The opening remarks were delivered by Burnaby-Lougheed NDP MLA Jane Shin, who's of Korean descent, and Burnaby mayor Derek Corrigan.
In a subsequent interview with the Straight inside the stadium, Corrigan emphasized how Burnaby is benefiting from immigration and increased diversity.
I only counted one B.C. Liberal in the audience, Advanced Education Minister Amrik Virk, though there may have been more who escaped my notice.
I also only spotted one federal Conservative, Sen Yonah Martin, who is of Korean descent.
A good time was had by all with highlights including some tae kwon do, Korean pop music, and plenty of traditional Korean drumming.
The answer is 11. Bottom row left to right: MPs Fin Donnelly and Jasbir Sandhu, and MLAs Sue Hammell, Harry Bains, and Raj Chouhan. Second row left to right: MP Peter Julian and MLAs Bruce Ralston, Mable Elmore, and Kathy Corrigan. And at the very top of the photo between Julian and Ralson are Burnaby school trustee Baljinder Narang and Burnaby councillor Sav Dhaliwal, a former president of the B.C. NDP.