All-candidates meetings for B.C. Liberal leadership race coming to Vancouver

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      The first all-candidates meetings of the B.C. Liberal Party's leadership contest will be held in Vancouver this week and next week.

      On Wednesday (January 12), George Abbott, Christy Clark, Mike de Jong, Kevin Falcon, Ed Mayne, and Moira Stilwell are slated to speak in the ballroom of the Hyatt Regency Vancouver Hotel.

      The Build 2030 event, billed as "The Next Generation of Leaders Meets the Next Premier of British Columbia", will start at 6 p.m.

      "Hear from all six potential premiers, speak with them personally, and take advantage of unparalleled networking with a top-notch invitation list," the Build 2030 website states.

      The event costs $10 to attend, and tickets are available online.

      On the following Tuesday (January 18), the Future Premier Panel will be held at the Vancouver Convention Centre at 8 a.m.

      This "exclusive event" from the B.C. Chamber of Commerce is already sold-out.

      Tickets went for $75 for chamber members and $85 for "future members". Reserved tables of eight were available for $550.

      "The leadership candidates will be addressing the priority areas of the BC Chamber: ensuring a vibrant resource sector, competitive taxation and regulation, reform of local government, skills and labour shortage and transportation," the chamber site states.

      Public Eye has reported that other all-candidates meetings are scheduled to take place on February 2 in Kamloops and February 3 in Prince George.

      The final all-candidates meeting is slated for the party's extraordinary convention on February 12 in Vancouver.

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      Dan Clay

      Jan 9, 2011 at 11:16am

      I guess the business community isnt expecting anyone poor to attend the 550.00 a table, dinner,,which stands to reason considering they support austerity programs for the poor but expect corporate payments and an upholding of right wing ideology, meanwhile careless and indifference to the poorest children in BC, is supported by these business types...

      Davd Schreck

      Jan 9, 2011 at 12:37pm

      Are they telling people who pay $10 to attend that they will then be put on the Liberal membership list?


      Jan 9, 2011 at 4:14pm

      Will they be issuing gas masks? I imagine the stink of all the corruption and scams will certainly taint the atmosphere.

      There can be only one

      Jan 9, 2011 at 4:36pm

      We will soon find out which turd will float and which will sink.


      Jan 9, 2011 at 7:56pm

      Mirror, mirror on the wall, which Liberal Leader candidate is the nastiest of all! With choices like this, who needs enemies!

      rockin' robin

      Jan 9, 2011 at 8:05pm

      You think your B.C. Lieberals are so great. They have destroyed the PUBLIC School System. You should be ashamed, running for premier of b.c. sending your kid to PRIVATE school, SUBSIDIZED BY THE TAXPAYERS and robbing funding to Public schools. Governments used to be elected to represent the people who pay them, the citizens of B.C.
      NOT the corporates.

      Gavin - Build 2030

      Jan 10, 2011 at 2:18am

      David wrote:

      "Are they telling people who pay $10 to attend that they will then be put on the Liberal membership list?"

      No, because they won't be. The $10 partially covers the cost of producing and catering the event, which is entirely volunteer-run. The candidates are free to sign up members at the event, but there is absolutely zero obligation to become a member in order to attend.

      The idea is to give people who might not otherwise be part of the process an opportunity to check out all the options at once.

      Rod Hebner

      Jan 10, 2011 at 12:06pm

      Notice to Big Business and respective lobbyists. Bring cash, cheques are traceable, time consuming and may reflect on perspective MLA's.
      P.S. Suitcases, envelopes or pocket change accepted.