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“I am a Canadian, free to speak without fear, free to worship in my own way, free to stand for what I think right, free to oppose what I believe wrong, or free to choose those who shall govern my country. This heritage of freedom I pledge to uphold for myself and all mankind.” ~~ John G. Diefenbaker

Wednesday November 18th is just one short day away ... we'll find out tomorrow in Victoria

Last night, I had the opportunity to meet one on one with BC Conservative Party Leader Dan Brooks, here in Kamloops.  He'd had a long drive, coming down from Vanderhoof, and I could tell the length of the day, and the miles, had worn him out. 

Part way through the day, he let me know that he was going to be delayed. It seems that just a short distance out of Williams Lake, he'd received a phone call from someone in Quesnel wanting to talk to him about running as a Conservative candidate, in the Quesnel North riding, in the next election.  He turned the truck around and headed back North to meet with the individual, and then headed back on his way to Kamloops; no wonder he looked worn!

What's with political life that it takes someone young and vibrant, and seems to wear them down before your eyes?  I remember the provincial campaign, in the late 70's, when Dave Barrett's NDP government went down to defeat after just one term.  I also remember Bill Bennett leading the Socreds into his last provincial campaign, another loss.  Before our eyes, both men seemed to age well beyond their years, under the weight of the job they were doing.

I'm guessing it's not just the miles, and the length of the day, that had Dan Brooks looking tired.  Perhaps it's been the uphill struggle to maintain life in the BC Conservative Party.  That said, by the end of our conversation, I sensed a spark that seemed to have been re-ignited.

Something interesting MAY BE happening in Victoria on November 18th.  If it does, then members of the BC Conservative Party, the Christy Clark BC Liberals, and those in the media reporting on BC politics, are going to have something to talk, and write, about.

Wednesday November 18th is just one short day away ... we'll find out tomorrow, in Victoria.

In Kamloops, I'm Alan Forseth.


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