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The last day of the campaign: No more revelations, just group hugs

November 14th, 2008 · 5 Comments

At last, a sane day. No more sworn affidavits, no more leaks from city hall incriminating this or that person.

Instead, people actually did some real campaigning and cheering each other up.

All the parties were out at the Burrard Bridge Burma-shaving with their signs. It was so crowded it’s a miracle no one fell into traffic, it sounds like.

Later in the day, both camps had little rallies for their campaign workers. I dropped by the Vision camp briefly at 10:30, where they’d lined up actors from Battlestar Galactica and environmentalists like Tzeporah Berman to join the full-house crowd of COPE/Vision people, including an awful lot of young volunteers. I couldn’t stay for Peter Ladner’s rally at noon, but saw people heading towards the campaign office for what I’m sure was another much-needed pep rally.

The Vision people are looking pretty happy and peppy these days, while the NPA has been telling its supporters that it’s a 50-50 race where every vote counts. Hmmmmm.

For those who consider themselves part of the BulaBlog cult, I’ll be out and about tomorrow, posting occasional blogs. Then I’m going to be on NW starting at 8 p.m., with the irrepressible Bill Tieleman and Daniel Fontaine.

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  • Dawn Steele

    Thank you for all your work, Frances – I’ve come to rely on your blog as an essential part of trying to stay informed on the civic election process!

  • Sarah Blyth

    You have helped to make this campaign exciting!

  • TM

    Thanks for making some sense of it for us, Frances – no easy task in this debacle.


  • The Truth Is Nigh

    Twas the night before Vision, when all through the town
    The NPA mantra: Again we go down…
    The innuendo was hung by the media with care,
    In hopes that St. Gregor soon would be there.

    Pivot were nestled all snug in their beds,
    While visions of legal-plums danced in their heads.
    And Sam by his bottle, and David, the sap,
    Had just ended their game, for an eternal pols nap.

    When out on the Hall’s lawn there arose such a clatter,
    Why it was Larry from the hedge, with a flask and a platter.
    Away to the window Judy flew like a flash,
    She tore open the shutters and caught Estelle in mad dash.

    The moon on the shadow of the crest-fallen staffer
    Gave more rise to the rumors, the lies and the laughter.
    When what to our wondering eyes should appear?
    But nine shiny new faces and Suzanne near the rear.

    With a driver brand new, so vacant and thick,
    I knew in a moment, this man and his bricks.
    Swifter than sickles some coursers they came,
    And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name!

    “Now Heather! now, Timmer! now, Raymond, now Geoffer!
    On, ‘Drea! On, Georgie!, on Kerry; but not Sir Geller!”
    Right to the top of the good Captain’s statue!
    And off to the very top of this weary old Hall!
    Now tax to death! Make them pay! Blow away all!”

    As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
    When the day of Marx breaks, debt will mount to the sky.
    So up to the Hall-top the coursers they flew,
    With the sleigh full of pain, and St. Gregor too.

    Then I heard over the sound of my black velvet heels
    The rolling and creaking of four little wheels.
    As I drew my head up, from my red book and gray smoke,
    I was worried about the fire, I’d just finally stoked
    I was startled, and fast, was turned all around,
    Down my chimney old Sam came, with a thunderous bound.

    “You wouldn’t believe what’s happened, citizen…the Hall”
    “A new team has consumed it, a terrible pall”
    “So I thought I’d come over and pour me a drink”
    “Before someone came calling, to take me by wink”

    He was dressed to the nines in one of Colin’s old furs,
    All that was missing was a ten-gallon and some shiny star spurs
    But those wheels were all tarnished, from three years he made moot
    As he dusted right off from the thick flowing soot
    A bundle of tired tricks he had flung with his hack,
    He confessed to the target on poor Peter’s back.

    His eyes-how they twinkled! His face-pleats were merry!
    To rewrite the finish, and weave dreams like a fairy
    He told me he felt badly of the three more lost years,
    The suffering, the lying, the great fall and the jeers

    But suddenly his cheeks grew pale, like those of a ghost,
    When he discovered he was in hell, with an unlikely host
    His droll little mouth sank, like the beak on a beaten crow,
    When I foretold of the Fourth Horseman, that one day he’d soon know.

    “Why me, why me!” he bellowed, at last,
    “I’m innocent please, it all happened so fast..”
    In the heat of the fire, that made pale Sam weaker,
    He realized his fate, was soon to get bleaker

    “Oh no…it’s you, I remember that scowl!”
    As I beckoned the fire, this fool, and his howl
    “How can I forget…the shape of your face?!”
    “Oh, why should fate bring me, to this time and place!”

    And then I thought, of Sam’s wee contrition,
    As middling theatre; a contrived apparition
    He begged me back, to save his old soul
    “Save me once more, for the lies and their toll!”

    But I couldn’t, I wouldn’t, this town that I gave
    “It was yours to hold, to have and to save”
    “I promise your end Sam, will not come from just me”
    “The others appear first, and then me after three”

    Sam bowed his head slowly and started to cry
    For the city, it’s people and his failed, futile try
    “There was never a day, that I didn’t want better”
    “I failed from the top, and the days, they grew wetter”

    I spoke not a word, but went straight to my work,
    He looked at me knotting, with so nervous a smirk.
    “You promised”, he said “That one day I’d pay”
    “I laughed at you, taunted you, and all went astray”

    Not far in the distance the sound of cold hoof,
    “It’s now time Sam for you, to say goodbye from the roof”
    His tears suddenly stopped, as a matter of course
    The torment was near, of the final pale horse

    He was hung from the cross, at its base, on the steeple
    For those he made dead, and the living of people
    It was he that delivered these darkest of days,
    With his empty, unguarded, right fanciful ways

    So, poor Peter will fade in glimmering light,
    Sainted he be for his dignified fight
    And all that is left of the once greatest city.
    Are the memories long past and our aggregate pity.

  • tommi

    It’s been a wild ride, but, the loan scandal won’t end today, election day. There’s more to come and it’s going to get really ugly.