Dear NPA: Take the purge and witchhunt challenge!

NPA School Board candidate Fraser Ballantyne is doubling down on what should now be considered the official party line that there has been gross impropriety in the hiring of Kurt Heinrich. Kurt has The Tainttm. Patti Bacchus must step down and the Minister must investigate! Oh my, pass the laudanum!

His “tough”, “fair-minded”, “principled” stance is, er, undermined by the title of his piece:

“Patti Bacchus must step down as Vision hack hire investigated”

Classy. But, okay, stripped of the juvenile name-calling and the pre-judgment, it’s a position one can take, if one wants to take the principle of the non-partisan civil service to an extreme level – one that was never applied under previous governments. Speaking of which, I wonder if Mr Ballantyne ever donated or volunteered for a political campaign in his long career in education1.

But let’s play along and take it all completely on it’s own terms. We must thus revisit Candidate Klassen’s unambiguous statement from 2010:

The next government’s job will require a merciless house cleaning of anyone with direct ties to Vision Vancouver. If you’ve handed over a donation to Vision, like for example Lesli Boldt in the city’s Olympic communications, or worked on a Vision campaign like the new Director of Communications Ryan Merkley (who by the way was late for work on his first day according to this photo), then don’t count on being kept on.

There’s something that jumps out in Klassen’s statement. Can you spot it? Is it that only one political party is mentioned? Why yes, yes it is….

Surely if you were truly concerned about the principle of a “non-partisan” civil service you would have said something more along the lines of…

The next government’s job will require a merciless house cleaning of anyone with direct ties to a political party. If you’ve handed over a donation to Vision Vancouver, the Non-Partisan Association, the Coalition of Progressive Electors or the Green Party, or if you’ve ever worked or volunteered on a political campaign, then don’t count on being kept on.

Now pardon me while I wipe my ass with the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Okay I added that last bit.

I look forward to Suzanne Anton’s upcoming press conference announcing all of this.

<crickets chirp>

1. Question posed to illustrate the potential of hypocrisy. I don’t actually care. More power to him if he did, in fact. If you care about your community, you get involved.

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