Wednesday, April 27, 2005

A Vast Slew of Tasty Info

One particularly diligent and thorough BC Conservative-savvy spy has forwarded these tasty morsels for our enjoyment...

Abbotsford: May 14, Abbotsford Banquet Centre. Three candidates are in the running to replace retiring Conservative MP Randy White: local Coun. Ed Fast, family physician Robert Brown and insurance agent Trenton Poy.

Burnaby-Douglas: May 1, Confederation Seniors Home. Former Conservative candidate and BC Hydro Corp. finance manager George Drazenovic wants another shot at the riding, which was narrowly won by Svend Robinson's constituency assistant Bill Siksay. He's being challenged by two hopefuls: former TEAM Burnaby vice-president Gary Eyre and electrical technologist (Big) Al McDonnell.

Burnaby-New Westminster: May 15, Windsor elementary. Insurance agent Ryan Warawa, Langley MP Mark Warawa's son, is looking to run against incumbent New Democrat Peter Julian. Challengers include real estate agent Sam Rakhra and schoolteacher Marc Dalton.

North Vancouver: May 15, Parkgate Community Centre. In the last election, North Vancouver Mayor Don Bell won a surprise victory over incumbent Conservative Ted White. Conservative hopefuls this time include school trustee Cindy Silver, Fraser Institute events coordinator Leah Costello, venture capital and management services consultant Wayne Hunter, and public relations manager Alex Pannu, a special assistant to former prime minister Brian Mulroney.

Richmond: May 15, Executive Airport Plaza. Only one candidate, Howard Jampolsky, has officially announced he's running for the Conservative nomination, but at least five others have indicated they plan to seek the nomination to take on incumbent Liberal Raymond Chan. They include former Focus on the Family Canada president Darrel Reid; RCMP Insp. Bill Majcher; former Vancouver police sergeant Grant Smith; lawyer Kerry Lynne-Findlay; and businessman John Crocock.

Surrey North: May 14 or 15. The nomination in this riding is still up-in-the-air. At issue: whether MP Chuck Cadman is willing to return to the Conservative fold. Cadman lost the Tory nomination battle in that riding in 2004 but ran as an independent and won.

Vancouver Kingsway: May 11, Croatian Cultural Centre. Conservatives looking to take on Industrial Minister David Emerson include accountant and longtime party activist Marilyn Brown and former Tory candidate Kanman Wong.

Vancouver Quadra: May 11, Greek Hellenic Centre. Two Conservatives are said to be competing for the nomination, including former Socred cabinet minister Stephen Rogers. The riding is currently held by Western Economic Diversification Minister Stephen Owen.

Vancouver South: May 8, Fraserview Hall. Health Minister Ujjal Dosanjh's riding has just one candidate seeking the Conservative nomination: notary public Tarlok Sablok.

West Vancouver-Sunshine Coast: May 13, Town Centre Hall, May 14 Driftwood Inn and the Sea to Sky Hotel, May 15 Hollyburn Country Club. There are three possible successors to the throne narrowly held by retiring Conservative House Leader John Reynolds in the last election: retired Vancouver police sergeant Doug Lang, autism activist Jean Lewis, and lawyer John Weston.

Vancouver Centre: May 7, tentatively scheduled for the Pacific Palisades Hotel. Liberal Hedy Fry has held the riding since 1993. But at least two Conservatives are angling to take her on: lawyer Tony Fogarassy and another candidate whom party officials declined to identify at this point.