Monday, May 19, 2008

Did Vision Vancouver Stomp The NPA In New Member Sign-Ups?


Frances Bula seems to think so.

"Vision people are so excited about the total membership numbers appearing that they can hardly contain themselves. I hear from various places that the numbers, due to be announced soon, are somewhere between 10,000 and 12,000 (10,000 new on top of 2,000 existing memberships, from one source.). If true, that is very impressive. The closest to that in recent memory is the approximately 9,000 who signed up for the Non-Partisan Association in 2002, although that was with candidates for council, school and park board all pulling in memberships......"


"On the Non-Partisan Association side, where forms had to be in May 7 and we're still dealing with clean-up, I hear from someone on the Sullivan side that both Sam and Peter have about 1,500-1,700 each, another 600 from the caucus and another 600 of the pre-existing diehard NPA members always there for around 4,000-4,500 total....."

Regardless, what I find really interesting about that 10 to 12K 'Vision thing' is that, if it turns out to be for real, Ms Bula is also suggesting that it just may mean that former NPA wingman Big Ali G is about to get stomped:

"That would appear to leave little for Allan DeGenova if it's true, as I reported previously, that there are about 12,000 members total....."

And if that turns out to be the case we will conclude that it couldn't have happened to a nicer bunch of supporters of Big Al's vision that don't support Vision.

Like, say, this one, as reported awhile back by S.M. Holman:

"Former Non-Partisan Association supporter and federal Conservative constituency association president D.J. Lawrence is urging his friends to take out Vision Vancouver memberships in support of Allan De Genova mayoral nomination bid. In an email sent yesterday,

Mr. Lawrence writes, "rest assured, I DO NOT SUPPORT THE VISION SLATE, just Al, and a select couple of NPA and Vision candidates..."


By the way, since posting up her original musings on the Vision numbers late last week on her FABulous Blog, Ms. Bula has seen fit to go with a slightly more conservative 'more than 11,000' in a piece published in today's VSun. Does this suggest further confirmation that she hasn't yet told blogpolloi about? Only time will tell.


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