Vancouver Kid said the darndest things...part deux

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Kids say the darndest things!In our secondKid Says the Darndest Things” post, we thought it might be fun to go back in time to re-read some of Vancouver Kid’s posts which can be found on Public Eye Online, BC’s top provincial politics blog. We realize some of you will likely say, “Who cares what Mayor Gregor Robertson’s Press Secretary wrote on a blog a couple of years ago?” If you’re one of those people, we suggest you change the channel now and simply skip the rest of this post.

For all the rest of you who find it an interesting read (and it would appear from the popularity of our last post on this subject that there are thousands of you), the following is another compilation of Kevin Quinlan’s best blog posts from yesteryear.

Let’s first start with his comments about Jim Sinclair, head of the BC Federation of Labour. For those unfamiliar with BC politics, Mr. Sinclair is the tireless labour leader battling a seemingly endless crusade to support working people. What does Quinlan think of Sinclair’s influence over the provincial NDP?

It's not 1960 anymore - the NDP can't win parroting Jim Sinclair's every word. A progressive poltiical (sic) party needs to be broad, which means being in the interests not just of working people, but pushing for drug and criminal law reform. – December 13, 2006

The previous post focused on Quinlan’s take regarding the NDP’s selection of candidates in some ridings. In particular, he talks about why he planned to vote for NDP candidate Kirk Tousaws. In the process, he makes some very interesting statements about the provincial NDP’s candidate selection process:

Kirk Tousaw is an articulate, smart lawyer and I am glad to see him run in Quadra. He is the exact opposite of a "pot smoking lout" - he is finishing his law phd (sic) at UBC and is a member of the BC Civil Liberties. I would rather see 10 Kirk Tousaws run than one more member of the Fed, BCTF, or GEU - it's time to mix in new blood, new ideas, new interests with the labour base.

Hmm. You have to wonder what Quinlan has against the BC Federation of Labour. Wasn’t Vision Mayor Geoff Meggs once the Executive Director of said organization? Doesn’t Quinlan owe, at least in part, a bit of gratitude to the brothers and sisters at the Fed, BCTF or BCGEU who tirelessly supported Vision both financially and on the ground? After all, without them, would his opportunity to work in the Mayor’s office have even been an option?

While praising Tousaws, Quinlan takes one parting shot at the NDP:

A young, smart, and progressive candidate - sometimes it seems like the only party without them is the NDP.

Ouch...wasn’t Mayor Gregor Robertson once an NDP candidate? Okay, we digress. Quinlan also makes a number of additional comments on a range of other subjects which caught the attention of our crack research department. While defending Vision’s right to accept $176,000 from a single donor, John Lefebvre, who in 2007 was convicted of conspiracy to promote illegal gambling in the USA, Quinlan takes a pot shot at what he calls “neo-liberals”.

typical neo-liberal double standard. Do you not see the irony in complaining about Vision's donors - the only way you can even do that is because they're publicly disclosed. Lefebre (sic) was charged with something that is not a crime in Canada. He has also donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to the Suzuki foundation and the Dalai Lama - where's the cry for them returning the funds?

During another of his endless attacks against COPE and everything it represents, Quinlan unleashes some of his best venom. Let it be known that it’s not the size of your motion that counts, but how many you produce that matters:

I like Cadman, but what has he done? He's brought something like 2 motions to council in the past 6 months – May 7, 2007

In what sounds like a little bitterness over spilled milk, or perhaps a diary entry from a jilted lover, Quinlan writes about the separation between COPE and Vision:

...and now, they argue that Vision somehow owes them [COPE] money, simply because COPE has yet to put together a strategy to pay back Cadman. Translation: labour movement is freezing funding over the split and COPE needs it to survive. So they want to be paid back in evil developer money that's been funnelled (sic) through Vision? Or do you want to sign an agreement that says Vision keeps its big bad money, but only pays COPE in friendly, moral, working-class money? Keep dreaming. – May 7,2007

If the comments about “funnelling” money wasn’t enough, then Quinlan equates Vision’s payment of COPE’s dept to laundering cash:

...Vancouver's most silver-haired labourites want Vision to pay COPE's debt with evil corporate money that COPE wants no part of. Isn't that called laundering? I love how Vision is completely at fault for the split. And you know, that giant chunk of the COPE membership that left to support Vision was just a coincidence. The people I know in COPE are smarter than to do anything but smirk at this.

So there you have it, we now return to our regularly scheduled programming and the love affair known as the COPE/Vision coalition. Stay tuned for our next installment of Kid Says the Darndest Things.

3 Comments

Okay, I get that the background of staffers should matter on some level. Yeah, I don't want the mayor's right-hand man to be a pedophile.

But you dove into Kevin's background and found what skeleton? That he's a total poli-sci nerd?

He has opinions and beliefs? Even if they contradict and lack thought and are down right wrong, how does that change the fact that he can do his job? Don't we all hide much of ourselves everyday we leave the house?

I, for one, am glad that he's more than just some rich kid parachuted into a role. Guy lives and breathes this stuff.

There's a rule out there, fellas. In some contexts, it's written down clear as day; in others, it's an unwritten rule. No matter what, though, the rule remains the same:
Stay away from staff.
Political staffers are almost always talented, smart, dedicated individuals who give up significant chunks of their lives to work tirelessly for something they believe in. They get paid badly, they get little credit or recognition, they surrender their family and social lives, and ultimately, they are just doing their job.
The sages of CityCaucus know this all too well. They have been political staff themselves, and no doubt endeavor to do so again.
Going after staff, particularly for something as benign as a personal blog that is several years old, is the lowest of the low. It is cheap, desperate, and crass.
Kevin Quinlan is an extremely smart, dedicated, humble, sweet, and hard-working person who has earned the job he has through his grit, his savvy, his discretion, and in a point most at odds with CityCaucus, his grace and geniality.
It is beyond the pale for you to target and go after Kevin in this way, or any other.
I may disagree with some of the points that you have cherry-picked for your cheap shots. I might agree with others. Similarly, I would have disagreed with pretty much any and all of the actions and policies expressed and enacted by yourselves when you have served in staffing roles. All of that is irrelevant. To lob cheap shots that are the result of sifting through someone's garbage can is the surest sign yet of just how low you are prepared to sink, and how irrelevant you are prepared to become.
Remember that in politics we live by the sword, and we die by the sword.
... but it would be nice if you thought about putting the sword away once in awhile and not just swinging it around wildly.
... because ultimately, you might hurt yourself.

Mike, your points about political people are sanguine and accurate, but your dismissal of our criticisms is pure rubbish.

Quinlan served as Vision's paid attack dog setting the stage for the puerile and unwarranted smears on elected officials like Sullivan, Capri, Ball, and even members of COPE and the BC Liberals. His record of opinion-making is in writing, as is mine, Daniel's and many others. We will have to live by it always.

If Vancouver Kid doesn't like scrutiny from a political blog, there are plenty of jobs for someone who wants to be more anonymous.

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