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.
I remember a veteran p.r. executive once telling me that he wasn't surprised when the NDP won the 1996 provincial election.
In his opinion, it was because the youthful NDP leader, Glen Clark, looked better on TV than his opponent, Gordon Campbell.
In fact, he said that in the TV age, whoever looks better on the small screen almost always wins.
It's a cynical, dastardly view of politics, but who's to say that he wasn't right?
There have been exceptions, such as the whupping that Jean Chrétien delivered on Stockwell Day in 2000.
But in the race for the big prize in the United States, the more attractive candidate often triumphs, giving credence to this theory.
Taken from the TV show Nixon's the One, which gets its U.S. debut in the Fall, here's Spinal Tap bassist Derek Smalls (aka Harry Shearer aka Charles Montgomery Burns aka Kent Brockman) reenacting the bizarre few minutes that preceded Tricy Dicky's televised resignation on August 9, 1974.
The actual footage has been exuding a weird fascination on YouTube for years now, and Shearer does a remarkable job of ever-so-slightly magnifying the departing president's behaviour—the flatlining "jokes" he makes to the TV crew and White House staffers; the sudden bursts of imperiousness; the subsequent bouts of laboured bonhomie.
HarperCollins has tweeted the image of the jacket cover of Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau's upcoming book.
It's called Common Ground: My Past, Our Present and Canada's Future and it's due in stores in October.
Politicians often write books in advance of election campaigns.
One recent example was Hillary Clinton's Hard Choices.
Lesser known is former Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan's new book, The Way Forward: Renewing the American Idea.
Vision Vancouver has released a new rapid-fire video reflecting its support for the LGBT community.
I was amused by the use of newspaper headlines to reinforce its message.
Five publications appeared in the one-minute video, including the Georgia Straight.
But none of Glacier Media's three local newspapers made the cut.
It's probably a coincidence that Glacier's head of B.C. operations is on the board of the rival NPA.
Vision couldn't be that mean-spirited, could it?
My colleague Doug Sarti just emailed me to say that he recently spotted Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau in Douglas Park.
It comes a day after I ran into Trudeau on Thurlow Street in advance of the Vancouver Pride parade.
When I saw JT, he was posing for pictures surrounded by adoring young women.
From the sounds of it, things were a little more sedate today.
According to Doug, there was a Liberal rally underway in Douglas Park as about 15 people stood off to the side holding placards in support of Gaza.
In 2011, it looked like cycling activist Rob Wynen was going to square off against former student politician Trevor Loke for a Vision Vancouver park-board nomination.
But in a surprise move, Wynen decided instead to run for school board.
Both were elected and at today's Pride parade, it was clear there are no lingering resentments.
Wynen and other trustees shepherded through the Vancouver school district's pioneering policy to advance the rights of students experiencing gender dysphoria.
When the NPA announced its slate of new candidates, they weren't exactly household names in Vancouver.
Even the party's mayoral nominee, Kirk LaPointe, has relatively low name recognition, especially for someone at the top of the ticket.
At today's Pride parade, the NPA devised a clever idea to address this shortcoming.
The party plastered the name of each candidate on the front of his or her NPA Pride shirt.
Rob McDowell (on the far left in the photo) is running for council. He's a former diplomat and member of several arts boards.
Before the Pride parade, I was walking up Thurlow Street toward Nelson when I spotted a bunch of photographers clicking images.
What could all this commotion be about?
It turned out to be Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau.
He was meandering around unescorted, mingling with the crowd and having his photo taken with anyone who asked.
Somehow, I doubt we will ever see Prime Minister Stephen Harper doing anything like that, particularly at a Pride festival.
For those who feel that the annual Pride parade is a bit too corporate, the Vancouver Dyke March provides a refreshing alternative.
Today, lesbians are celebrating their Pride in Grandview Park after their walk down Commercial Drive.
The family-friendly festivities will continue all day.
When I dropped by, I ran into a group from the Coalition of Progressive Electors.
Imtiaz Popat, a well-known member of the LGBT community, is seeking a park-board nomination. John Yano hopes to get the party's nod for council, and former teacher Ralph Fraatz is seeking COPE's backing for the board of education.