Bonnie Leonard, newly independent practioner of law and current candidate for the federal Liberal party nomination in the Kamloops Thompson Highland Valleys electoral riding, held a open house at her new law offices today.
I was there, ate a nice bunwich and drank a canfull of coke, and here are some impressions:
- Her law offices are configured like a campaign office. She has got a large. long 'campaign work' type room and, this is very important, a large room with a fridge, sink, and water cooler. People get hungry working on a campaign and most campaign offices I have seen have good stocks of food. Bonnie told me she even has ambition to turn the office into a constituency office if she becomes MP.
- Bonnie is a down to earth seeming person, a little quiet. I don't think that necessarily a bad thing, but I think Bonnie may have a hard time attracting people in large groups, where she can't get one on one. It would be interesting to watch this over the next little while.
- As a former chief of the Kamloops Indian Band, I think its really a great thing that Bonnie continue to work to build bridges between different communities. We need to work tirelessly in Canada to understand each other and find solid common ground. Today, at another meeting I attended, someone equated 'bum' with "Indian' and that did not sit well with me at all. I confronted them on this and they said they did not mean to offend - person's got nothing against Indians generally. We have to get past the point where we can quite easily fall into such stereotypes.