This editorial cartoon ran in the Vancouver Sun, and has now been circulating the e-mails of certain Celtic/Gaelic-Canadian musicians…. with the added quote:
Islanders and Highlanders came to this country of Canada—-
discovered, settled and governed it. Pipes are used for just about all
special occasions and this is the thanks we get!!!”
I ran the following article on my blog www.gunghaggisfatchoy.com – which is syndicated into some other blog feeders….
Vote for Kilt wearers in the upcoming Vancouver civic election!
Mackinnon… Louie… Deal… Robertson… Chow…
It seems an amazing coincidence that the winning 10 elected city councilors and mayor, all attended the 2008 Gung Haggis Fat Choy Dinner: Councilors David Cadman, Raymond Louie, George Chow, Tim Stevenson, Heather Deal, Suzanne Anton, former Councilor Ellen Woodsworth, rookie councilors Andrea Reimer, Geoff Meggs and Kerry Jang + MLA Gregor Robertson, and then current mayor Sam Sullivan (who did not run in the election).
Defeated mayor and councilor candidates Peter Ladner and Elizabeth Ball, as well as BC Lee (who did not run) had attended past dinners, along with BC Lee – but they did not attend the 2008 dinner.
At the Gung Haggis Fat Choy dinners… we recognize and respect all our hard-working politicians. They all contribute to a vibrant Vancouver and it is important to recognize their contributions and support to help support our beneficiary organizations: Historic Joy Kogawa House, Asian Canadian Writers' Workshop/Ricepaper magazine, and the Gung Haggis Fat Choy dragon boat team.
- The first time we saw Gregor Robertson in a Kilt in 2008 – was at the Gung Haggis Fat Choy dinner….
- City councilor Raymond Louie declared on Brother Jake's Rock 101
radio show, on January 25th, that Louie would wear a kilt for Gung
Haggis Fat Choy dinner….
- And city councilor Heather Deal came to Doolin's for the March
Kilts Night, and made the motion (seconded by Louie) that City of
Vancouver proclaim Tartan Day for April 6th,
- I put tartan sashes on city councilors Tim Stevenson, George Chow
Mayor Sullivan and a mini-skirt on councilor Capri – for a Tartan Day
photo opportunity on April 4th.
- Parks Commissioner Stuart Mackinnon didn't even own a kilt, until after he joined the Gung Haggis Fat Choy dragon boat team!