Incoming! The good ship BC Liberal Party has sprung some big leaks - and I am pleased to share them with my readers.
Below you will find an internal memo issued October 15 from BC Liberal Party Campaign Director Mike McDonald - one of Premier Christy Clark's three Chiefs of Staff in the past year - outlining their upcoming convention, dissing bad polls - "Again I say: 'Polls schmolls! And I was a pollster!' - and cheering on Clark and her crew.
One thing highlighted in the memo presumably sent to constituency presidents and other key party insiders is a keynote speech by Don Guy "one of the top political strategists in Canada" - but Guy's recent failures are not.
Guy served as outgoing Ontario Liberal Premier Dalton McGuinty's Chief of Staff until 2007 and was Liberal Campaign Director four times - 1999, 2003, 2007 and 2011 and is still described as the "godfather of Queen's Park".
The Ontario Liberals thought enough of his abilities to pay him $12,500 a month through the election period last year.
Toronto Star writer Linda Diebel described Guy this way:
But presumably Guy was advising McGuinty or had some influence when the premier began his "get tough on public sector unions" strategy.
Certainly it was Guy who spoke at an April party convention this year to explain how a new coalition without union support could win the next provincial election after only achieving a minority in 2011.
That mis-step cost them the Kitchener-Waterloo by-election win that would have given them a majority in Queen's Park - instead the NDP took the seat and McGuinty took a walk last week.
Ironically, the Working Families Coalition of unions, particularly teachers, nurses and building trades members, that helped McGuinty stay in power for three elections in Ontario with major attack advertising campaigns against the Conservative Party.
Missing from McDonald's missive is that Guy is on contract to the BC Liberal Party for election planning. Hopefully they haven't been paying too much for his advice to date given their standing in the polls - or maybe they aren't taking it!
Also not mentioned: that Guy has been requested to be a witness at an Ontario legislative committee hearing into the Liberals' controversial cancellation of two gas power plants, a decision estimated to cost taxpayers at least $230 million.
Here is the full Mike McDonald memo - click on the images for a larger version: