Pollster asks about Christy Clark, Bill Tieleman, and Patti Bacchus running in Vancouver-Point Grey
A public-opinion researcher is comparing the popularity of political commentator Bill Tieleman with that of Vancouver board of education chair Patti Bacchus in Vancouver-Point Grey.
This is according to a blog post by Vancouver Sun education reporter Janet Steffenhagen.
She wrote that a source told her about being contacted by a pollster, who wanted to know if the respondent would be more likely to vote Liberal with Christy Clark as party leader.
According to Steffenhagen's source, the caller also asked if the respondent knew about a possible by-election in Vancouver-Point Grey and if it mattered that Clark sent her son (Hamish) to a Catholic school.
Clark has speculated that she might run in the constituency, which includes UBC's main campus. It's represented by Premier Gordon Campbell, who has said he's prepared to resign so that Clark can win a seat in the legislature.
Tieleman, a long-time New Democrat, recently told the Straight that it would be "fun" to run against Clark in Vancouver-Point Grey, where he has lived since 1995. But he also said that he hadn't made a decision.
Last October before the premier announced his resignation, Bacchus told the Straight that she would only be interested in running in Vancouver-Point Grey for the NDP if Campbell were to be her opponent.
Bacchus, a long-time resident of the constituency, did not consider at the time that Clark might be a candidate.
As a former education minister, Clark refused to meet with a group called Save Our Schools, which Bacchus helped create to address school-funding shortfalls.
In a December interview, Bacchus told the Straight that she got involved in political issues because of the B.C. Liberals' refusal, with Clark as education minister, to fully fund cost increases that it was forcing on school districts.
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