Here in BC there are no shortage of ridings that either the NDP or Liberals think they have no hope in and put almost no resources into. My own riding of Victoria Swan Lake is one example for the BC Liberals as moribund riding.
I understand why a party would not want to spend many resources on a riding they think they have no hope in at all. There is benefit in using field resources to help build up the weak ridings so that down the road they are ones that a party has a hope of winning. I think back to the history here in Victoria. The Victoria riding for years was one the BC Liberals or Social Credit won but then in 1975 Charles Barber won one of the seats for the NDP, in the 1975 election went from 38 seats to 18, I think Victoria was their only gain. Charles Barber spent many years working at the grass roots to build up support for the NDP.
I know I should be doing more myself on the ground to re-build the BC Liberals on the ground, but I am busy.
Meanwhile over on the NDP side, there is some unhappiness about this in the riding of Nechako Lakes.
Here is a letter this morning from Mike Summers to the NDP that he posted on Facebook:
My letter to the NDP, May 31, 2012. The text as follows;
NECHAKO LAKES AGM, The meeting that wasn't.
You have successfully managed to piss away a year, without an AGM in Nechako Lakes.
I have tried to get the executive here to call one.
Bryron Goerz is no longer taking my calls.
Leslie Kerr is on holidays again. In the time that I have been a member, she has never returned a call. I have spoken to Matt in the office, but in all fairness, he said there isn't much he can do.
I wanted to get a piece of policy submitted, but it has to come from the constituency, and well, there wasn't a meeting. I missed the deadline apparently.
It is now clear to me, that you people have no intention to fight for Nechako Lakes. No intention to fight for democracy.
I formally want to protest the violation of the constitution, requiring an Annual General Meeting, ANNUALLY. It is my understanding that at least two years have lapsed since the last one.
Except for the three of us on this email, don't live here. John Rustad is our MLA.
People are sick of him. We could win if we try just a little bit.
As you know, I have tried to get to work here. But, lack of any organization, has prevented me from doing anything.
In the one meeting we had in a restaurant, I have started a facebook page, featuring the Nechako Lakes NDP.
I am not reaching people.
And it's not effective.
So, I have a suggestion.
Maybe we ALL should get our shit together, or simply tell John Rustad, not to worry about us. We won't put up any fight.
To say that I am pissed with the NDP, in spite of the fact that I am supporting this amateur organization because I hate the BC Lib/Cons and what they have done and are doing to BC.
And, I made no bones about the fact that I wanted to run here, and that being different than appointing somebody to fill an election spot because you have no volunteers.
Be forewarned. I am publishing this letter.
Mike Summers ran in Nechako Lakes in 2009 for the BC Refederation Party. He was also the leader of the party in the election but has since quit and joined the BC NDP.