While common sense tells you that the NDP & banks are anathema, the example of the VanCity (ahem) Credit Union demonstrates that not all NDP-run financial institutions will go all "Four Corners" on you. It's not every day that CityCaucus.com and commentator Bill Tieleman agree, but on the subject of having Allen Garr become a board member for VanCity on the NDP Action Slate, we say hear, hear!
We think that the experience of being a director for a billion-dollar bank will be good for the lifelong socialist. Garr would get the chance to be George Bailey in It's a Wonderful Life (not the conniving Mr. Potter, heavens no!).
Garr's presence on the VanCity board would require him to recuse himself from discussions of so many initiatives for fear of conflict, it would be impossible for him to write an opinion column. Anyway, the $20,000 stipend Garr would receive by sitting on the board would provide him with a welcome excuse to put away the old Smith-Corona typewriter once and for all and leave his weekly post at the Courier.
So we hope the fine members of VanCity cast their ballots for The Beekeeper.