For those of us who want to know who's who in the zoo known as B.C. politics, it's always interesting to watch federal election time. Only then can you really see where the lines are within traditional coalitions that make up provincial – and Vancouver – parties. For example, someone might be a BC Liberal, yet might be working on the campaign of a Conservative candidate; a COPE supporter might be a Green Party volunteer, and so on.
So this Craigslist ad for a call centre worker by Vision Vancouver insiders Stratcom (Strategic Communications) owned by Bob Penner, will be an interesting indicator of federal loyalties. Penner's group has many eco-oriented clientele as well as working for many labour unions. Their website clearly indicates that Stratcom works with the NDP and Vision Vancouver, which suggests a possible sharing of voter ID lists and operational support between the two left wing organizations.
While Stratcom will likely be on the NDP's payroll again during this federal election, it wouldn't be altogether surprising if they were doing work with the federal Liberal Party. Several key Vision operatives including Brad Zubyk, as well as Don Millar and Mike Wilson of FD Element are also key players in the Liberal's operation in B.C.
Think that there isn't significant strategic collaboration between labour unions and their political allies? For an amazing insight into how trade unions and the NDP collaborate, read this Vaughn Palmer story on a testimonial by Zubyk.
Our longtime readers may also recall that Vision Vancouver created a so-called "negative option billing" membership form whereby several people's personal information was shared with other "progressive organizations" (read: political parties). CityCaucus.com decided to take up the matter with the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of BC (OIPC). In the end Vision ended up trying to dupe the OIPC by doing a switcheroo on the form.
Despite the fact that Stratcom thought it was okay to ask people their sexual preferences during a West End push poll conducted on behalf of the developer Westbank, it's unlikely that the callers the pollster is hiring will be asking voters who they sleep with this time.
Here's the ad posted on Craigslist:
Election Call Centre Work
Date: 2011-03-22, 5:42PM
Strategic Communications, Inc. seeks callers to conduct brief surveys by phone for interesting political organization. Ability to speak/read French is an asset. Hourly wage guaranteed plus bonuses. Flexible scheduling and progressive workplace.
• 40 hours per week available, especially weekends
• prefer people who can work at least 20 hours a week
• Evenings, Weekends and Weekdays available
email cover letter and resume to:
or leave a message at 604.681.3030 ext. 1001
- Location: Vancouver-Kitsilano/Fairview
- Compensation: $10.38/hour + $1.50 shift differential for all calling time
- Principals only. Recruiters, please don't contact this job poster.
- Phone calls about this job are ok.
- Please do not contact job poster about other services, products or commercial interests.
- post by Mike. Follow @MikeKlassen and @CityCaucus on Twitter.