Friday, March 23, 2007
Mike Harcourt holds court, party card at Darlene Marzari dinner
Former BC Premier Mike Harcourt was in good form Thursday night at a dinner celebrating the political career of Darlene Marzari, the ex-cabinet minister and Vancouver city councilor.
Harcourt told a full house at Accents restaurant in Kitsilano about his long involvement in politics with Marzari, from working together to stop the Chinatown freeway in the 1970s to their time in cabinet in the NDP government of 1991.
But it was Harcourt's comments about some former premiers that brought roars from the crowd of mostly - but not all - longtime New Democrats.
"I'm one of the former NDP premiers who still holds a membership card," Harcourt quipped to howls of laughter. Take that Ujjal Dosanjh! Pow to you, Bob Rae!
Hosted by a very funny Joy MacPhail, other speakers included former MP Margaret Mitchell, veteran human and womens' rights activist Shelagh Day, Marzari's daughter Francesca and of course Marzari herself.
The audience included former Yukon Premier Tony Penikett, Vision Vancouver councilors George Chow and Tim Stevenson, former Non-Partisan Association Vancouver councilor Jonathan Baker, former Harcourt NDP cabinet minister Tom Perry, Alex MacDonald, the former Attorney-General in the Dave Barrett NDP government, Blair Redlin, former Deputy Minister of Transportation and VanCity Credit Union directorship candidate, Vancouver Quadra NDP candidate Becca Coad