BC Conservatives: Brooks Out #bcpoli #bcconservatives #bcelection 2017

As rumored in this blog last week, Dan Brooks is out as leader of the provincial BC Conservative party

What will the party do next? How will it get ready for the election expected early next year?

Or will it?

Stay tuned….

BC Conservatives: We are Confused! #bcpoli #BCelection2017#BCConservatives

Is he the Leader or isn't he? We are confused!
Is he the Leader or isn’t he? We are confused!

Dan Brooks Leadership
Mr. Dan Brooks continues to be the Leader of the
BC Conservative Party.

There is some confusion surrounding the Leadership
and we are sorting the issues out.

If there are any changes in this regard
we will let everyone know.

From Corbin Mitchell, President
British Columbia Conservative Party

That my friends is the official press release from the BC Conservatives regarding the leadership situation with Dan Brooks.

They ( The Board it seems) is confused with the leadership or Not of Dan Brooks.

He is the leader except they are confused about it.

They go on to say that if they ever become unconfused they will tell you about it.

Are you confused? Why not take out a membership in the BC Conservatives and join like minded people.

They would have been better off to say nothing.

Don’t you think?

BC Election 2017: BC Conservatives: Dan Brooks Out as Leader? #bcpoli #bcelection2017 #bcconservatives

Changes at the top?
Changes at the top?

Rumor du jour today is that the leader, who quit , ran again and won a month or so ago has been tossed as leader of the BC Conservatives.

If this is true it begs the question as to how the party could have gotten themselves in this position this close to a provincial election?

It make the proponents of the US election look sane by comparison.

The writer wonders whether the party will issue a statement to its faithful or just let the idle street gossip continue?

People are already asking why was he tossed?

It should be interesting ( or Not) how they try and sell this if it’s true .

Only time will tell..

Wiill The BC Conservative Party “Brook” any more of Dan Brooks? #bcpoli #bccp #canpoli #election2017

Readers ask questions from the early stages of the leadership campaign
Readers ask questions from the early stages of the leadership campaign

With the recent announcement by Dan Brooks of his intention to re-seek the the leadership of the BC Conservative Party, my readers have asked me a number of questions . They deserve answers.

To Wit:

One reader asked : Since Brooks quit and then announced his intention to run again, will he have to pay the $5000 entry fee? ( Why wouldn’t he, he quit the job causing the party to incur the cost of the leadership convention in the first place. )

Another reader asked: Since Brooks quit citing the lawsuit as one of the main reasons for stepping away does this mean the lawsuit is behind him and if it’s not will he quit again if it doesn’t go his way? ( I have no idea except to say that the whole thing is supposedly set for trial in November of 2016 and if things do not go his way quitting again would really leave the party in a lurch? Oh right. That’s happened once before.)

Another reader asked : If Brooks was implying that a settlement of his lawsuit was near, would he be so quick to give away his negotiating position in that lawsuit by announcing that the law suit didn’t bother him anymore and by extrapolation would he be so quick to give away the party’s in the event he was successful in the leadership race should he have to negotiate on their behalf for any reason? ( Who knows, you would have to ask Dan?)

A further reader asked : There are emails being sent out that contain Brooks endorsements. Does this mean Brooks has been vetted and given the green light? ( I don’t know, I don’t sit on the board.I have no have no idea where he got his email list. )

Finally a reader asked : The emails that have been sent out by the Brooks group ( including a news release) don’t give me an opportunity to unsubscribe. Doesn’t this violate Canada’s anti-spam legislation? ( I don’t know I am not a lawyer but the fines for breaching this are huge)

So it seems the Brooks candidacy has more questions than answers at this point from both the BC Conservative board and Dan Brooks.

I would imagine the answers will be forth coming soon.

Or maybe not.

Stay tuned.

Shortly Before Premier Calls Byelections,BC Conservative Leader Dan Brooks Resigns! #bcpoli #canpoli #byelections

Dan Brooks Heads for the Hills!

Most likely fearing the byelections that the Premier called moments ago and that have been discussed as recently as last week in the mainstream media , BC Conservative Leader resigned his position yesterday.

Brooks resignation follows his thumping in the previous provincial election, several resignations on the provincial board, lack of funds raised by his team and most notably the recent lawsuit launched against him and certain member’s of his leadership contest team for smear letters written against candidate Rick Peterson.

The allegations have yet to be proven in court and come up for trial in November of 2016.

The board in the announcement of his resignation applauds Brooks for staying on at least until the Party`s February AGM.

There are a lot of us who think he should leave now and the harder the door hits him in the rear on the way out the better.

The party is not dead. Brooks resignation opens the doors for some exciting candidates to step forward.

I have heard a lot of chatter about new leaders in the last 24 hours.

It will be an interesting to see who steps up.

That discussion is for another day.

Today is for Dan Brooks.

Good riddance!

BC Conservative Leader ? Dan Brooks-Hiding Under a Rock? #bcpoli #canpoli #bcconservatives

Is that you Dan?

There is a total vacuum at the top of the BC Conservative Party.

The Leader, Dan Brooks, is AWOL. No media presence. No visits to Party members. No profile.

Only two news releases in the past six months.

Almost every director elected to the Party board last November, including the president, resigned only weeks into their mandate.

There is no fundraising, no money, no momentum. What’s up?

Here’s maybe a clue as to why Brooks has walked away from the Party.

One year from now, in November of 2016, he’s scheduled to be in BC Supreme Court along with his former leadership campaign manager, Barry Sikora. Sikora is listed on the Party website as a regional director from Surrey.

In the 2014 BC Conservative leadership campaign, two anonymous smear letters against Brook’s leadership rival, Rick Peterson, were sent out to all 4,000 members of the BC Conservative Party across the province.

Following a Vancouver Police Department investigation and an internal Party report, Peterson filed a defamation claim against Brooks, Sikora and Sikora’s printing company, Classic Impressions Inc., alleging that the three parties were responsible for the production and dissemination of the anonymous letters, which attacked Peterson’s personal, political and professional reputation.

A November 2016 court date before a judge and 12-member jury is locked into place. Sources tell me that Kristy Fredericks, elected Party president in November of last year, abruptly resigned her post weeks after assuming her duties, along with every member of the board that she brought with her on the “Dan Brooks youth slate” at the November AGM, when she learned about the extent of the allegations.

Nothing has been proven yet, and it is only in court that the full details will be released.

It could get ugly. How ugly? Check out the current political defamation case playing out right now in BC Supreme Court, involving former Liberal MP Blair Wilson, who claims that anonymous claims against him amounted to “character assassination” . Here’s the link:

And here’s a quote from that story – bold italics are mine:

“The named defendants in the case include Bill Lougheed, former MLA Judi Tyabji, political strategist Mark Marissen, who is the former husband of Premier Christy Clark and political blogger Steve Janke, who published an anonymous letter detailing allegations against Wilson and forwarded to Elections Canada. Tyabji, who had conversations with Lougheed and O’Connor and was allegedly motivated by an ambition to remove Wilson from his MP’s job, was in court Wednesday representing herself.”

Sound familiar? I’m no legal expert, but part of this Blair Wilson case seems very similar to charges currently levied against Brooks and Sikora.

It’s clear to me that the fortunes of the BC Conservative Party under Dan Brooks’ leadership are on hold until this gets cleared up. If Brooks or his campaign manager were found to have a role in the anonymous smear letters against Peterson, it’s lights out for the Party in 2017.

And maybe this is why the Party Leader has decided to hide under a rock, hoping this all blows over.

Good luck with that.