John Cummins’ right hand man’s NDP connections questioned by riding president

I find it pretty ironic that the BC Conservative brainaics who surround their Messiah John Cummins were so quick to push the NDP-fed conspiracy (see here) that all the “dissidents” within are really Liberal plants when they themselves are being asked some hard questions where the true loyalties lie in Cummins’ inner circle:

From Robbie Armstrong President Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows CA:

Who is Will McMartin, and why is John Cummins so comfortable with him?

1)  When BC Conservative leader John Cummins hand-picked Will McMartin for BC Conservative Party Campaign Chair in July 2012, did Mr. Cummins know that Will McMartin was a friend of current NDP communications consultant, long-time fellow Tyee columnist, and NDP apologist Bill Tieleman?  
“My old friend and former colleague at the late and lamented CBC Radio Early Edition political panel of old – the irreplaceable Will McMartin – has inked another of his fine tomes for the good folks at The Tyee.” Bill Tieleman Web Page, October 13, 2008

If so, why not share this association with the BCCP membership? It is likely that most BCCP members are not regular readers of the Tyee, so here are some examples of Will McMartin’s “conservative” thoughts;  (see here and here)

 2)  The 1996 provincial election ended in the demise of the Social Credit Party.  Interestingly, Will McMartin ran the Social Credit campaign. During the election, it was common knowledge in media circles that Will McMartin shared accommodations with Bill Tieleman. What ideas and strategy are they sharing today?

3)  Did Mr. Cummins explain to BCCP members about Mr. McMartin’s very recent ties to the left leaning think tank Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives? And why did the BCCP commit to an alliance with the Left on the issue of BC Rail immediately after the AGM? (see here)

4)   Did Mr. Cummins disclose Mr. McMartin’s recent, close association to the BC Federation of Labour? Do BC Conservatives know that Mr. McMartin’s articles on the BC Teachers Labour situation are cited at length by a website of the Canadian Communist Party – Marxist Leninist?

“Quotes from a recent item on BC’s lost government revenue, “The Era of Tax Cut Stupidity that Starved BC” by Will McMartin published February 27 in The Tyee “details how the BC Liberals squandered a historic chance to strengthen this province.” McMartin has been a political consultant affiliated with the Conservative, Social Credit and BC Reform parties”. (see here)

5)   And what of Mr.Cummins own ties to the BC NDP?   In the 2009 BC Election, John Cummins proudly and very publicly voted for the BC NDP.  Why would Mr.Cummins vote for the Left when other options were available?  It is understandable, as a Conservative, that he didn’t want to support the BC Liberals, but why cast a vote for the NDP? Why not spoil a ballot instead?

Will McMartin’s describes himself as “a political consultant who has been affiliated with the Conservative, Social Credit and BC Reform parties”  but there is very little in Will McMartin’s body of work to indicate conservative ideology.

If John Cummins doesn’t know about Mr. McMartin’s previous political activities, why?  If he does know, why would he allow an active leftist into the party?  And, if he knows, why doesn’t he tell the members BC Conservative Party?



3 Responses to “John Cummins’ right hand man’s NDP connections questioned by riding president”

  1. dmorris Says:

    Great! Now we’ll have the choice of three Left-wing Parties to vote for. Why do I get the sad feeling that John Cummins is suffering the early stages of alzheimer’s?
    And that’s not meant in a vicious way. It’s a terrible condition I wouldn’t wish on anyone,but given Cummins’ lack of coherence lately, I have to wonder. Cummins is NOT “an idiot”, people who succeed in a high level of politics are not mentally deficient,so you have to look for an reasonable explanation for actions that seem inexplicable.

    The BCCP was placed to take several seats,maybe a dozen or so,and become the new conservative influence that is badly needed in BC politics. Instead, we’ve seen one misplay follow another,and they’re currently relegated to fringe Party status. They’ll be lucky to take a single seat.

  2. Peter Says:

    Wow so why is this guy in the Conservative party?

    John Cummins should resign

    Looks to me that the breakaway group are the real Conservatives

    • BC Blue Says:

      There’s no doubt that the NDP have tried their best to prop up Cummins knowing that he splts-off Liberal voters but isn’t going to be a threat to the NDP

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