Digital camera in my hand and sound recorder around my neck, I spent some time this evening at the BC Liberal rally today at the Mount Paul Centre. Despite my prior post, I couldn't resist. I did go to NDP candidate Doug Brown's office after for a more enlightening meet and greet.
No election rally, whether NDP or Liberal or [insert party name here], is ever really enlightening. These desperately stage managed events exist for two reasons - to give something for the media to report on and to rally the party faithful.
I imagine there were probably between 300 to 500 people at the rally this evening. As the media travelling with Gordon Campbell came off a bus, all trying very hard to look very neutral and blank, I noticed a little area cordoned off with barricades. This was apparently, I was informed by the security head honcho, the designated "protest area":
Funny that the one protester who actually protested Campbell's stump speech did not yell from the "protest area". He got right into the hall, and started yelling "6 dollars an hour" as Campbell got going. The media and assorted Liberal supporters were on this fellow in an instant. A guy who I am affectionally calling the "designated Liberal protest blocker" stood right in the face of the protester - and they were both surrounded by all manner of microphones and cameras.
I have posted an online album with more annotated photos of the event.