Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Would You Pay $580 For This?! Claire Did.

Claire "The Diva" Trevena, NDP MLA for North Island and Opposition Critic for Employment and Income Assistance woke up on May 20th with presumably a big hang over, a bank account which was a little lighter and a jacket which she will never wear in public.
"She was just doing what she was trained to do! She was just following NDP protocol!", an NDP insider exclaimed.
Let this intrepid Poly explain.
On May 19th, Ducks Unlimited held their annual fundraising dinner in Campbell River. It seems our darling Claire showed up a wee bit late and plunked herself down - uninvited - at a reserved table. As she helped herself to the free wine she became more and more boisterous - and susceptible to suggestion.
"Again not her fault", the spokesperson continued. "All the booze and no one talking about policy had Claire thinking this was the NDP Caucus retreat scheduled for a week later. An honest mistake."
As the drinks took hold, Claire's table guests decided to "fast ferry" her - that is, convince her that it would be in her best interest to purchase an item of no real use or value - a camouflage dinner jacket - at four to five times the retail cost. In fact, they told her it was tradition since the year before former North Island MLA Rod "The Bod" Visser bid on the same item at auction.
"Sigh...perhaps she should have run away as she did with Carole James when confronted with protesters during the last election, but she did not." our frustrated insider confessed. "Her public relations training from the company she owns with her husband really let her down."
The table guests soon shared their plan with others in the room and the bidding for the $100 jacket was driven up.
"Claire is used to seeing the NDP have bad finanical management and was just following the lead of her Party from the 1990's," Dipper insider continued. "Claire was trying to win the jacket so she and Carole could have matching outfits. This was the plan to help drive up the sagging NDP support in the polls. Sure it is not a good plan, but without Vaughn giving us anything new we are stuck."
By the time the bidding ended the folks in the room drove the price up to $580 and Claire won the jacket without knowing she was part of this gag - in spite of the fact people were openly pointing and laughing. In fact, Claire provided so much entertainment, the other guests wrote several additional cheques to Ducks Unlimited. These are folks who know the value of good entertainment.
So as Claire awoke the morning after the fundraiser, all she had left was a tacky jacket, a tax receipt for almost six times the value of the jacket and some foggy memories of a good evening - which is more than BC has after the fast ferry fiasco.

9 Comments:

Anonymous Don Douglas said...

The mission statement for the Diva's company states "Mission Statement: “The core conviction of Start Communicating Strategies is individuals, businesses and communities can successfully develop by communicating in a concise, articulate and dynamic manner. Our commitment is to provide our customers with clarity and focus to in all aspects of contemporary communications."
This is communicating concisely?

Wednesday, June 07, 2006 9:05:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

One more comment about the NDP and their lack of financial management brings me to remind you that when the Liberals took over the previous government had just had two surpluses back to back. The one closest to the election was around 3 B, but Gordo convinced himself that wasn't true, even though the auditor general had checked the numbers and found them correct. Gordo went on to tear up contracts, close hospitals, court houses and raise the premiums on most things,get drunk as a skunk and drive that way. If the North island MLA had a few drinks and donated to a cause one can hardly say she did a Gordo

Wednesday, June 07, 2006 8:37:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh! You must be a Dippper. Resorting to misinformation and personal attacks. Surprised you did not use the picture.

Thursday, June 08, 2006 6:23:00 AM  
Blogger frank said...

Claire is the typical "new Dipper" - She is doing this as a "job" - for the money. And not as service to our community. She is green, does not understand fiscal management, and is not interrested in really helping you in the North Island.
You need to get someone "in" Government back next time.

Thursday, June 08, 2006 7:16:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have to laugh at the comment that I must be a Dipper which I guess you mean NDP, when the whole blog does nothing much else than shit on the opposition. Just what misinformation where you refering to and what's personal about reminding the blog that Campbell was found to be driving drunk and found guilty of diving drunk, and even he had to admit it on his return to the province. If you want to slag the opposition members with lots of stuff that isn't always true you best be prepared to get true events flung back in your faces. Otherwise this site would end up being a love in for Liberal hacks, where any notion of fair comment gets tagged as a Dipper

Thursday, June 08, 2006 9:13:00 PM  
Anonymous Dave Barrett said...

What makes you think the story about Claire isn't true? I was at the Duck's Unlimited event and Claire did purchase the item in question for $580.00 when in past years it had never sold for more than a $100.00.

As for the Provincial Debt it was $17 billion dollars in 1991 when the NDP was elected and skyrocketed to $34 billion dollars by 2001. Who was in power those 10 years during which the debt doubled? Oh that's right the NDP.

The NDP off loaded the debt to Crown Corporations as a way of hiding their fiscal mismanagement.

The finances were so bad BC's Credit Rating was reduced by 2 points during their tenure.

If memory serves me correctly each point redction in the Credit Rating is worth $167 million dollars in additional interest owing by BC taxpayers. Money that could be better spent to fund Health Care or Education programs instead of debt servicing.

Are all dippers so misinformed?

Thursday, June 08, 2006 11:31:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, what is the provincial debt right now? It's much larger than in 2001, but just one number you don't like to mention. And of course the Japanese melt down didn't help the previous government that much, but in that time the social programs didn't get chopped up either. Numbers can be twisted but the Auditor general is pretty hard to beat for getting the real ones. I could care less what anyone paid for a jacket. I understand Ducks Unlimited do some pretty good work so maybe the member from North Island was helping them out with her bid.

Friday, June 09, 2006 1:17:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow...

Anonymous 1:17pm is spinning fast about the failures of the previous N.D.P. government.

First of all, do you want to talk about how much the provincial debt increased during the bleak 10 years of NDP rule in the 1990's. I know the NDP might think fudge-it budgets are balanced, but they are not. I'm no economist but when people and business leave the province and the NDP government spends more than it collect, increases the debt.

And the ecomonic slowdown in Japan is not the reason the the NDP government faired poorly in the 1990's. That is typical revisionist NDP history. Japan isn't doing much better today and BC is booming.

Strong fiscal managment, competitive taxes, reduced regulation are just a few reason why BC is thriving.

So take you NDP dribble back the BC Federation of Labour headquarters

Saturday, June 10, 2006 1:27:00 PM  
Anonymous Insider said...

I'm back! Things are slow around the Leg here, but there is still work to be done.

I'm disappointed with this site on this one. I like Claire. She is a nice person and doesn't need to be mocked. I'd agree she is not the sharpest tool in the shed, but at least she is loyal to the NDP.

Hopefully, she'll support Mike when the time comes.

Saturday, June 10, 2006 1:35:00 PM  

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