After an absolute gong show of a week where we saw BC Conservative leader John Cummins issue a moronic ‘high-noon’ ultimatum to party members who want him gone (see here) of which he had to then embarrassingly climb down
He later explained that he has no power to turf party members (see here)
but apparently the BC Conservatives have now started sending out expulsion letters bizarrely after Cummins’ empty threat fell flat. So far I have been told that James Ram from Surrey has been tossed.
Stay tuned as I will update when I learn more.
Update: I’m also told that of the ‘dissidents’ to be kicked out is Ian Pyper who originally put up $10,000 for Cummins to be leader
Update: The CBC is reporting Cummins has had 15 people censured or expelled who were speaking out against him
Stuff you just can’t make up: BC Cons create a “Unity Committee” same day they kick out these members
October 15, 2012 –Duncan- After several meetings over the weekend, the Board of the BC Conservative Party has settled the issue of internal Party discipline by voting to send out a total of 15 disciplinary letters, including terminations of membership and letters of censure. The discipline is being meted out to these 15 individuals for their ongoing and public calls for a leadership review in violation of the clear processes outlined in Section 11.04 of the Party’s Bylaws.
The affected Party members will be receiving notification of the disciplinary proceedings by mail this week.
Out of respect for the privacy of those involved, we will not be releasing the names of the individuals in question, and neither the Party President, the Leader, nor any member of the Board will be making any further public comment on these internal matters.
The Board also passed two other motions.
One of them will create a new “Unity Committee”.
“We recognize that there are things which can be done to improve our internal processes,” said Party Leader John Cummins. “The motion was clear when it said that we are looking for ways to engage our members, Constituency Association Presidents and Boards, and improve communications within our Party.”
Party President Al Siebring added: “We’re a forward-looking Party, and we recognize we need to do more to engage our membership. There’s always room for improvement.”
The Committee will be chaired by Director Daniel Brooks, and will also include Vice-President Christine Clarke and Director Dennis Belliveau, who is an experienced mediator in his professional life.
The Board also passed a motion to express “its full confidence and support for John Cummins as the Leader of the BC Conservative Party heading into the May 2013 election.”
Update: BC Con board member Joan Robinson has quit over Cummins’ saying the party “will soon be exposed to litigation”