The endorsements game 3: an updated update

 Earlier columns and blog entries on the endorsements game among the B.C. Liberals have drawn some more updates.

A Tuesday piece on the former Liberal MLAs backing Christy Clark brought a list of former Liberals backing George Abbott:

The ex-MLAs and their ridings (9): Bill Belsey, North Coast. Tom Christensen, Okanagan-Vernon. Greg Halsey-Brandt, Richmond Centre. Harold Long, Powell River-Sunshine Coast. Sandy Santori, West Kootenay. Ken Stewart, Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows. Katherine Whittred, North Vancouver-Lonsdale. Val Roddick, Delta South. Olga Ilich, Richmond Centre.

Clark's count in this regard is 15: Gillian Trumper, Alberni-Qualicum. Walt Cobb, Cariboo South. Wendy McMahon, Columbia River-Revelstoke. Arnie Hamilton, Esquimalt-Metchosin. Mike Hunter, Nanaimo. Blair Suffredine, Nelson-Creston. Rod Visser, North Island. Karn Manhas, Port Coquitlam. Paul Nettleton, Prince George-Omineca. Roger Harris, Skeena. Brenda Locke, Surrey-Green Timbers. Tony Bhullar, Surrey-Newton. Lorne Mayencourt, Vancouver-Burrard. Ken Johnston, Vancouver-Fairview. Sheila Orr, Victoria-Hillside.

One point of distinction, worth noting. Most of Clark's MLAs (12) hail from ridings now held by New Democrats. Only four of Abbott's do so.

The difference could be significant in terms of organizing for the leadership vote. The Liberals are looking at an equalization formula that would give all ridings the same voting strength at party conventions.

In anticipation that the rule will be adopted, leadership campaigns have been diverting organizational resources to signing up members in NDP-held ridings, which are likely to have smaller Liberal memberships and hence be easier to control.

The former MLA could provide a rallying point for such organizational drives, hence the possible significance of Clark's coterie of ex-Liberal MLAs.

The other candidates have not released equivalent lists. But ex-MLAs Gulzar Cheema (Surrey-Panorama Ridge) and Patty Sahota (Burnaby Edmonds) are organizing for Mike de Jong.

 

Meanwhile Kevin Falcon did weigh in Wednesday with the latest additions — 26 in all — to his swelling ranks of business and corporate supporters.

Clark may be the people's choice, based on the opinion polls, but Corporate Kevin surely leads in this category.

 

The latest:

 

Harold Ludwig, Lions Gate Entertainment. Paul and Devina Zalesky, All West Insurance. Dan McLaren, Commonwealth Group.

Marousa Dumaresq, Diplomatic Immunity. Ray Signorello, Signorello Vineyards. Kevin Young, Co-CEO of Woodtone. Simon Pimstone, Xenon Pharmaceuticals.

Geoff Reed, Creation Technologies. Rick Ripoli, Stylus Sofas. Albert Koehler, Tribotec International. Bruce Sutherland, Wolftek Industries.

Terry Salman, Salman Partners. Olivier Vincent, Ziplocal. Ken Hanna, Canadian Dry Storage. John Purdy, Wesgar Manufacturing.

Sam Magid, Peninsula Capital. Kirk Fisher, Lark Group. Steve Taylor, Western One Rentals & Sales. Craig Smith, Whitewater Concrete.

Bob Kirstiuk, Advantage Data Systems. Darren Latoski, SunStone Realty. Terry Holland, Krystal Financial. Andrew Latchford, Cactus Restaurants. Dale Regehr, Weststone Properties. Mike Jagger, Provident Security.

These latest names bring to 75 the number of inductees into Falcon 20/20, the candidate's circle of business community supporters.

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