To Reform BC
The year 2000 has been
a year of disappointment. We have seen
the President and Leader abandon the Party
to serve their own personal interests.
Both Chris Delaney and Bill VanderZalm,
along with Family Coalition, created a
Unity Party based on an approval of 68%
of 650 ballots from some 3000 party members
who, in principle, believed they were
uniting with five center right parties.
The Party Board never approved
that mail out, and, on October 16th 2000
the Board approved a motion to postpone
the Unity process until after the next
election. Delaney and VanderZalm had no
mandate to do what they did, especially
when Reform was averaging 20% in the polls.
Delaney and VanderZalm now have their
own party, built upon the resources of
Reform BC. Many of our members have received
membership cards from the Unity Party
without having been consulted. Unity is
illegally using Reform BC’s Constituency
funds and membership lists to promote
On February 26,2001, Elections
BC suspended Reform BC for six months
claiming that the party had over spent
their limit by $ 15,642.89. Graham Wray,
Financial Agent for Reform in 1999, reported
total party campaign expenses to be $13,573.39.
Ross Mcquarrie, Financial Agent for Reform
in 2000 after meeting with the forensic
auditor in his office on December 20th,
2000 adjusted the party expenses to $28,079.57.
Both well below the party limit of $37,080.17.
The Party Board never authorized these
Within two weeks of the
approval on January 10th of their registration
of the Unity Party, both Delaney and VanderZalm
met with Election BC auditors to move
what appeared to be over-spending on the
Bill VanderZalm campaign over to the Reform
party. They knew by then, Reform BC would
not be around. On February 10th, at an
illegal meeting held in Aldergrove, Bill
VanderZalm passed a motion to deregister
Reform BC is taking Elections
BC to the BC Supreme Court to lift this
excessive penalty of suspension.
The file number on the Victoria Registry
On March 7th,the Board
held a meeting and unanimously censured
Bill VanderZalm. He no longer represents
Reform BC. At this meeting, Grant Mitton
from Peace River and myself were appointed
Vice Presidents for the Party. I have
been asked to fill in as president until
the next AGM.
On a more positive note,
don’t count Reform out just yet!
Despite the suspension, Barb Smith our
office manager is still receiving new
memberships, renewals as well as support
for Reform. We will need all the help
you can give, morally, spiritually and
Caroline Meredith, director
and devout Reformer, died of cancer on
March 9th. She will be missed.