Of one thing we are sure - very sure. Brian Bonney has been a very busy man.
The affable Burnaby resident has always been 'the guy' in the political right-wing backrooms as far as Burnaby is concerned. He told the Burnaby NOW a couple of years ago that he became enamoured with politics when, at 17, he found himself owning his first business and with that developed a new group of friends in the "free enterprise" Burnaby Voters' Association.
While we would stop short of calling him a zealot - his loyalty to the free enterprise cause is deep. He worked in the trenches with the old Social Credit Party of B.C. and the federal Progressive Conservatives.
In between, and sometimes at the same time, he has launched two telecommunications businesses (with MLA Harry Bloy), worked as the director of sales with a New Westminster business (Uniserve), worked with the Canadian Federation of Independent Businesses - and, of course, was the director of operations for five years for the B.C. Liberal Party. He also ran Christy Clark's campaign for leader. He then morphed into a communications director for the provincial government. His most recent job - and the one he is in now - is CEO of the Canadian Homebuilders' Association of B.C.
It's no wonder his name keeps cropping up everywhere. He must have an email contact list that makes the White House's look like a little black book.
The last time he was "outed" in emails was during the Burnaby Hospital com-munity committee report brouhaha. Not surprisingly - he was part of that conversation.
To be sure, John Dyble's report (see story on front page) is damning of Bonney, who was basically working as a Liberal operative while being paid out of taxpayer funds. But it really shouldn't come as a shock to anyone who has been following the workings of the Liberal party in recent years. The line between campaigning and running a province is becoming more and more blurred. This is just another cynical example.