What follows is the evidence that we were able to collect about the organizers of many of the rallies, using nothing more than Google and Facebook. We think you will be shocked at just how deep the institutionalized partisanship runs in these “non-partisan” rallies!
“Brenden Sommerhalder, president of the party’s Radisson Constituency Association, has proposed an amendment to the party constitution to allow for a leadership review later this year. The proposal is based on poor showings at the polls under Gerrard’s watch.”
President of a Liberal Riding association, trying to push a leadership review. Non partisan? According to the media, you bet!
But wait… it gets even better!
The organizer of the rally in Sydney, Nova Scotia, is no other than former NSNDP Candidate Wayne Mackay!
According to the Anti Progoration Facebook group, Betsy Macdonald was one of the organizers. A quick google of her revealed a blog titled, Women and Girls Matter. In her blog, she praises new NDP Premier Darrell Dexter.
According to her Facebook page, she is also a big fan of Bolivian Socialist revolutionary Evo Morales, Fidel Castro’s brother Raul, and cop-killer Mumia Abu-Jamal. I’m going to go out on a limb here and guess that her political beliefs just might be firmly entrenched. Non-partisan rally indeed!
St. John’s, NL
When reviewing the St. John’s Newfoundland event, I quickly discovered an organizer named Sally Housser. Sally has a hyper-partisan twitter account where she kindly identifies herself as a huge supporter of the federal NDP, and even worked on the NSNDP campaign! BUSTED!
It was time to check out the Moncton Rally. One of the organizers is identified as Daniel Legere. There is a Daniel Leger identified as the NDP Beausejour EDA President on the NDP Website! Yes, thats right, an NDP EDA PRESIDENT. Coincidence? Didn’t think so!
The event in Fredericton was organized by no other than Alysha Bayes, a Law Student. She appeared clean, until we found she maintains a Twitter account. Any anti Harperites should give it a whirl, she sure does love taking pot shots at Harper and Conservatives in general. She also seems to phrase Ignatieff, and follows the Liberals on Twitter. However, I bet she does not have one Partisan bone in her body!
One of the main organizers in Hamilton, is none other than Shilo Davis. The same Shilo Davis who recently lost the NDP Nomination in the riding of Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale.
Shilo Davis also created many of the other anti-prorogation facebook events! Far from rallies that spontaneously sprung up all over Canada as part of a larger grassroots movement, this was a clearly a well-orchestrated partisan endeavor by a former NDP nomination candidate. (Might explain all the mass-produced NDP signs at every rally across the country!!)
Her involvement foreshadowed other NDP Partisans who seemed to materialize to organize most of the’spontaneous’ events across Ontario:
The Mississauga event had many organizers. One of them was a lady named Farah Kalbouneh. Ironically enough, this is the same Farah Kalbouneh who is the NDP Candidate for Mississauga South (see saved website). I’m sure that being the NDP Candidate did nothing to influence her decision to organize a rally designed to benefit the NDP.
The Guelph Organizer is no other than Angella Allt. I wonder if she has any relation to Phil Allt, the NDP Candidate in Guelph in 2004? I am sure the fact they are friends on facebook is just a non-partisan coincidence.
The Waterloo event organizers seemed legimate enough. We thought we had finally stumbled upon a real non partisan organized event. Then we discovered a Twitter account maintained by Etana Cain (an organizer). She protected her tweets, but I still managed to dig up this little gem, confirming that she helped organize and set up the NDP Campus club at the University of Waterloo.
Oakville featured a small demonstration against prorogation. This would not have been possible without the help of Organizer James Ede. What is his partisan connection? Oh, nothing provable… maybe just the fact that he is an NDP Executive Member!
Windsor featured a typically communist like Union organized rally. It reeked of an NDP set up. We didn’t have to go far to track down the source of the scent. The organizer was Paul Chislett, even identified in his facebook account with links to Sudbury. Funnily enough, we soon discovered he was the NDP Candidate there in 2000.
I am sure that in moving to Windsor, he abandoned his NDP and Union ties and lives a free, apolitical life.
Sudbury has a long history of powerful Union and NDP interests. They did not disappoint this time around, as Anti-prorogation organizer Christopher Duncanson-Hales serves another role in the community: NDP EDA President for Sudbury!
Definitely someone I would call non-partisan.
Quinte West, ON
The event in Quinte west was organized by Bryan Bondy. He maintains a twitter page that is so Partisan it hurts. Even his user pic has a Liberal L embedded into it:
Thanks for making it so easy for us to nail down your Partisan Political Interests Bryan!!
Stratford featured an event organzed by a highschooler, Ben Veldman. We thought to ourselves, how wonderful to see a young man take such a noble, nonpartisan stand. Then we checked the Perth Wellington Liberal Facebook group, and discovered an old post from Mr. Veldman asking to be a volunteer. Please enjoy the following screen shot:
Thunder Bay, ON
The event at Thunder Bay was organized by a Ryan M Sullivan. Funny enough, we found a facebook post of him advertising for the Young Liberals. Busted!
Winnipeg, the beacon of socialism. We figured we’d find evidence of NDP involvement in the ‘nonpartisan rally’. Sure enough, we didn’t have to go far to find it. One of the event organizers according to the facebook page was a young man named “Gregory T-F”. It didn’t take long to find this picture of him, FRONT AND CENTRE at an NDP rally.
Local criminal defence lawyer Brendan Pyle is an officer in the Facebook group for the Regina rally, and also offered to dish out cash to fund materials for it:
As you can see there, he also offered to write their news release. Brendan has some writing experience, having written this, in which he identifies himself as a New Democrat and gushes over Ryan Meili, strongly endorsing him for the leadership of the Saskatchewan NDP!!
But its non-partisan, I swear!
Peace River, AB
Funnily enough, the anti-prorogation organizer in Peace Country is Susan Thompson. She wouldn’t happen to be the same Susan Thompson who ran there for the NDP in 2004 now would she?
Craig Ashbourne was the organizer for the “non-partisan” rally in Victoria. He was happy to welcome NDP speakers to his rally, and was probably even happier acting as the media contact for the NDP in these press releases last year!
Here is a Photo of Mr. Ashbourne working on NDP Campaign, from their facebook group:
Other organizers, Adam Frisen and Kim Lear are also connected to the Oak Bay Gordon Head NDP Constituency Association. Better luck next time, guys!
The event in the Northwest Territories was organized by Jean-François Des Lauriers, the same man who donated a considerable sum of money to NDP MP Dennis Bevington’s Campaign:
I don’t know about all of you, but I am feeling pretty warm and fuzzy inside right now, knowing that this was a real non-partisan grassroots movement, with no political connections at all.