John Les made an appearance with Sean Leslie on Liberal house radio Saturday and explained that party leadership had to impose a candidate on the Abbotsford-South riding association because a majority of its members were about to select a nominee of their own choice.
Allowing ordinary members to select a candidate for election would be an unacceptable reversal of BC Liberal tradition. It is the plutocrats that control the party, not its members. According to Les:
…there was an annual general meeting in that riding and Moe Gill and his people moved in and basically threw out the entire executive and, um, replaced it with people whose sole objective apparently was to put Moe Gill in place as the nominee. Ah, they didn’t do a candidate search, ah, any, or any kind of democratic process. They didn’t raise any money, they didn’t do any election preparedness. Ah, so, ah, obviously that led to some concern and, um, so, ah…
Moe and his people were at work for some time to try and corner the, the ah, nomination in Abbotsford South and, you know, that also is not a democratic way of going about things….
And hopefully, after a wide open and democratic process…
Chilliwack officials were encouraged to see municipal and provincial laws as mere guidelines while John Les was mayor, according to a special prosecutor’s report released today.
Apparently, party constitutions are also mere guidelines.
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