I was trying to decide which was worse but maybe one can’t separate lying and self-delusions as they go hand-in-hand with people such as BC Conservative leader John Cummins.
It’s hard to know where to begin and list everything that made up what was a complete disaster for the BC Conservatives at their AGM over the weekend so I’ll just touch on a few gems.
First, the delusions:
1) After receiving an embarrassingly low 71% no-vote on “Are you in favour of a leadership contest?”, Cummins had this to say when asked by the media if this was a referendum on himself:
No. My name wasn’t on the ballot. The vote was about process.
2) Asked if he had learned anything from what his critics were saying:
I’ve looked at the emails and if you can make head or tails of the substance of the complaints then please advise. I’m not going to waste my time trying to do so.
3) On his only MLA John van Dongen immediately quitting after leadership vote:
I’m not going to be distracted by minor issues and I would describe Mr. van Dongen’s leave-taking as a minor issue. (see here)
Second, the lies:
1) Cummins is asked about these “dissidents” within the party and that they are complaining about him due to their loss of influence
There’s a certain amount of truth to that. The party had 250 members and they were significant players. (see here)
This is a flat-out lie. Among my many roles, I was the BC Con Membership Chair prior to Cummins being elected as leader and had reviewed the historical membership records and cleaned up the current list. This figure of 250 that he quotes is not even remotely close to where the membership was.
2) On being asked about his $4,000 per month salary being drawn especially in light of the party running a fiscal deficit:
I don’t know offhand. (see here)
Cummins is either a stunningly bad liar or a leader so obtuse that he doesn’t care to read the party’s finances that had been already tabled and stupid enough to say so in front of the BC media. Take your pick which one he is.
And if you think Cummins has surrounded himself with anyone but a nodding Disciples, check out this from the outgoing party president Reed Elley:
It’s been quite a day, I think it’s been a good day for us (see here)
Please, please pray for us conservatives here in BC.
* Photo courtesy Bob Mackin