Rick Peterson bids for leadership of BC Conservative Party

From left: BC Conservative politicians Bill Clarke, Rick Peterson, Sean Upshaw. Photo: Katja De Bock

From left: BC Conservative politicians Bill Clarke, Rick Peterson, Sean Upshaw at the press conference in Vancouver on September 23, 2013. Photo: Katja De Bock

Surrounded by his supporters, former Vancouver-Quilchena candidate Rick Peterson, 59, announced his bid for the leadership of the BC Conservative Party at Terminal City Club today.

Peterson, a Vancouver business man and former BC Liberal, who was in the running as a candidate for the BC provincial elections in 2012, before opting out and passing the torch to veteran politician Bill Clarke, said Continue reading

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Bill Clarke meets Franz Kafka: Vancouver campaign chair

Bill Clarke. Photo: courtesy of BC Conservative Party

Bill Clarke. Photo: courtesy of BC Conservative Party

*** updated with Elections BC reply***

As the BC provincial elections are only a day away, one of Quilchena’s candidates will go to bed tonight with a form of not-so-mild chagrin.

Dear readers, I am currently traveling in Europe, but I received an email in my inbox I wanted to share with you. I already mentioned in my profile of BC Conservative candidate Bill Clarke that he and his team were planning legal actions against Elections BC, as a clerical error resulted in Clarke’s name to appear on the ballot.

It looks like their fight was tilting at windmills. Don Main, communications manager of Elections BC, confirmed:
“The BC Conservative party did not include Bill Clarke’s name on the List of Candidate Endorsements submitted to Elections BC by the close of nominations.  His name will be on the ballot with no party affiliation.”

Below is a reproduction of the letter by Rick Peterson, campaign manager, about his view on the situation.

Meanwhile, I wish all Quilchena residents and candidates a fair and well-attended election day.

Katja De Bock  Continue reading

Meet Bill Clarke, Vancouver-Quilchena’s Conservative candidate

Bill Clarke reads the newspaper shortly before the all-candidates debate at Magee Secondary on April 30, 2013. Photo: Katja De Bock

Bill Clarke reads the newspaper shortly before the all-candidates debate at Magee Secondary on April 30, 2013. Photo: Katja De Bock

When I enter Magee Secondary School on Tuesday morning, half an hour before the all-candidates debate starts, the theatre is still nearly empty. Bill Clarke is sitting on the stage by himself, reading a newspaper article about Monday’s party leaders’ television debate.

When I ask him for an impromptu interview, he agrees friendly and relaxed, and we get right at it.  Continue reading