Friday, May 05, 2006

Here's A Shocker

Hedy Fry acually has some strong financial backing.

For those of you from Vancouver, you'll know exactly who these guys are:

- Don Rix, multi, multi, multi millionaire and Chairman of MDS Metro
- Joe Segal, well known retailer and philanthropist
- Milton Wong, former Dean of SFU, Chair of HSBC Asset Management Canada Ltd., Order of British Columbia, Order of Canada, etc.

Aside from these guys, though, it doesn't look like she'll be getting a lot of other support. At her official announcement, not one Liberal MP from BC was anywhere to be seen. Still, Hedy has this to say: "others have said I'm running to increase my profile. Well, I say to them all: I never undertake a challenge unless I expect to win."

Good luck on that, Hedy!


At 1:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pedro: good informative work on the BC Hedy backers. Hedy is there to siphon off a few votes or delegates from one or two candidates on the first ballot and possibly the second ballot. She also rounds out some geographical, gender and minority demographic deficiencies for the race. Use your back channel sources back east and see if you can find out who pushed her in.

At 2:55 PM, Blogger Pedro said...

I'm not totally sure, but I think perhaps the Dion camp. But really, I have hardly any basis for that assumption. All I know, is that Mark Marissen runs the LPC in BC and he backed Fry up when someone went to challenge her. That's my single and only reason for thinking that.

Will be interesting to see what sort of things she starts advocating for.

At 12:16 AM, Blogger kaymak said...

Yeah - many have said that she has no chance but I don't think people would put up a million plus to see her lose - or just to get her in a cabinet spot. She is a good speaker, intelligent -- but has been sidled (I personally think quite unfairly) by the media with that cross burning comment. Gary Mason has a good backgrounder on her. I live in Van Centre and voted Liberal in the past -- hadn't really thought of her running but now say why the hell not? I have seen her speak. She beat Campbell against all the odds. Could be a darkhorse.

At 10:05 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I do not think Marissen would be supporting two people, since he is doing a lot of work for Dion.


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