For the past year, the Catch 22 Campaign has been identifying vulnerable Conservative ridings, networking, building our base and laying the groundwork for the election. We are now moving forward with making specific endorsements through a process that includes local supporters in target ridings.
We had successful endorsement meetings in Ottawa and Vancouver last week. We also pioneered our first online endorsement discussion in Saanich-Gulf Islands. We have now endorsed our first 6 candidates. We are using our online groups to organize the discussions and decision making. After the discussion period closes, we will make a final decision on the riding endorsement.
We will be rolling out a few recommendations per day with an eye to wrapping up the process on April 8 or 9. By that time we will have also identified a number of vulnerable opposition ridings and will compile the Catch 22 Voters’ Guide for our target ridings.
In Vancouver Island North, the Catch 22 Campaign team is recommending that we endorse Ronna-Rae Leonard, from the NDP as the candidate with the only chance to defeat Conservative John Duncan. If you want to participate in the discussion and decision-making, you will need to join this online group.
Discussion on the Vancouver Island North endorsement will end on April 5 at 11:00 p.m. local time.
"My sense of Mike Holland is that he is very much part of the "old boys club" which so many of us are so fed up with..."
Can I ask what you base that unfortunate slur of Mike Holland on? What about his positions and his past actions lead you to make that accusation?
Mike is someone who grew up in this community and has devoted himself to community causes. In fact, his career is one He fought to save the Glacier View extended care facility, taking the BC NDP government to court when they were going to seize the assets of this and other charitable organizations to court. He won. And when the BC Liberal government renegged on a promise to bring more extended care beds to the Comox Valley, he fought the BC Liberal government, and again, he won, and our seniors got the beds.
I'm fine with debates and differences on policy, but such uninformed personal slurs are quite unfortunate.
@KD: the battle for this riding goes far beyond Comox. mid-islanders always seem to forget about the northern vi north communities.
tough to comment on the suitablility of the candidates because I am so far removed from what seems to be the epicentre of the riding but based on the riding's history and the '08 numbers, I can support Catch 22's VI north endorsement.
thanks for the reminder about the rest of north island, i'm hoping people in other communities are doing similar things - lots of action on twitter and facebook but so far i haven't seen or heard from the rest of this riding.