Monday, June 05, 2006

Displeased in BC with Volpe

I want to commend Jason Walker, Riding Association President for Esquimalt - Juan de Fuca, for challenging Joe Volpe on his kiddie donations.

At the BC Federal Liberal Council, held this weekend in Victoria, BC, Joe Volpe addressed the crowd and took questions. In one of his speeches, Volpe claimed to have inspired three grade schoolers to donate thousands of dollars to his leadership campaign.

Frustrated with the spin, excuses and bullshit, Mr. Walker, an adjunct assistant professor with the University of Victoria's school of child and youth care, challenged him on this and when his questions were more spin, excuses and bullshit, Walker walked out.

While on his way, Walker claims to have been "hassled" by one of Mr. Volpe's supporters - whom others identified as being the candidate's national campaign coordinator Jim Karygiannis. In an interview with Public Eye Online, Walker mentioned that , "[Karygiannis] was very angry. He was angry that I raised the issue. He was asking for evidence. And my response was this is about children and it is not open for debate. It involves children. It is wrong. And this is not what our party's about. And we need to step up and take responsibility. And, as a president, I don't expect to be harassed on my way out of a meeting by an observer."

Kudos to Walker for staying firm in his beliefs and demanding more from a leadership candidate. The Party is in a position where it can't take any more scandals. Not only is our public image at stake, but so is our own morale. We all need to rise to the occasion to ensure the integrity of our Party.


At 8:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

walker said (wrongly) that volpe accetped donations from 5 year olds.
i bet that was the evidence karygannis was looking for.
seems like keith martins president was just there to raise shit

At 11:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pedro the Liberals have got to get rid of the "loans" because they look just the same as the kiddy donations for Joe. They are morally equivalent The party has to cleanse all of the sleaze from funding before your December convention.

At 7:16 PM, Blogger Penelope Persons said...

I was told recently that Liberal Party regulations are that loans have to be paid back and the interest rate must be at least prime.

Gifts, as the whole world knows now, cannot be more than $5400 per person. I think the "person" has to be at least 14, although even that seems awfully young to me.

Can't imagine where else candidates could get the finances to campaign with.... but perhpas one of you can tell me where the Conservatives get their funds from!!

At 6:00 AM, Blogger Dennis said...

I think its down to Iggy, Kennedy, and Dion. Neither one will beat Harper the next time out, but if I were going to vote Liberal, it would be Iggy.

At 3:36 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does everyone fail to realize that Jason Walker just acted like a puppet? He got up and rhymed off about the same person everyone else complains of, and he tries to act like he's taking the high road? C'mon, this is the same guy that's notorious for putting all kinds of self promotion on the internet.

The real issues were hidden in Jason's drama show, the liberals can't be trusted, and he's just as bad.

At 9:07 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Falsely self-promoting at that. A staged political performance under the pretence of altruism. Caveat Emptor!


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