Former B.C. Liberal big shot Brian Bonney becomes home builders' representative
Sometimes, an appointment notice is more interesting for what it leaves out than for what it includes.
Today, the Canadian Home Builders' Association of B.C. announced that Brian Bonney will become the new CEO on February 25.
The CHBA BC news release noted Bonney's previous work with the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, Uniserve Communications, and the B.C. government, as well as his ownership of two telecom companies.
But there's no mention of his record of political activities.
According to the Burnaby Now newspaper, that has included:
• Managing election-sign distribution for the old right-wing Burnaby Voters' Association.
• Helping create the right-wing Team Burnaby municipal party.
• Forming a business partnership with Burnaby-Lougheed B.C. Liberal MLA Harry Bloy and managing his first campaign.
• Working as director of operations with the B.C. Liberals.
• Supporting Christy Clark's bid for leadership of the B.C. Liberals.
In 2002, Bonney ran for mayor on the Team Burnaby slate, losing decisively to Derek Corrigan of the Burnaby Citizens' Association.
Meanwhile, Publiceyeonline previously reported that during the campaign, Bonney had to apologize for a newspaper ad, which he partially paid for. It falsely claimed that Corrigan lost his position as chair of B.C. Transit for mishandling finances.
The former editor of Publiceyeonline, Sean Holman, has also reported that Bonney was a representative of Coquitlam First, which is another right-wing municipal party.
With the B.C. NDP on the verge of forming the next provincial government, perhaps there's a good reason to keep appointment notices as nonpartisan as possible.
You never know who Bonney will have to approach after the provincial election to advance the interests of the home-building industry.