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Thanks for reading and linking, and see you over at!

—Ian King, December 13, 2004

Monday, September 09, 2002

Know your Campbells

Listen up class, this one's important. There are a large number of very public Campbells, and it behooves you to know the difference. Well, we at The Vancouver Scrum understand your needs, and we aim to please! So, we present you with the Scrum's guide to the city's Campbells.

Gordon Campbell. Current premier of British Columbia. Leader of the Official Opposition, 1993-2001. Mayor of Vancouver, 1986-1993. Loved by some in the province, hated by others. Tends to respond to reporters' questions without actually answering them, or saying what he really thinks. Want to know what's really on the mind of the premier? Check out...

Michael Campbell. Brother of the premier. Business commentator for the Vancouver Sun and CKNW radio. Known for his free-market fundamentalist views and his ad hominem attacks on those who have the temerity to disagree with him. In the world of Mike Campbell, there's nothing that can't be solved by cutting taxes, getting rid of environmental standards, deregulating everything, scrapping employment standards, and making life worse for the poor because they need to learn that being poor is bad (never mind that the poor might actually not want to be in their current state.)

Larry Campbell
. Not related to the brothers Campbell by blood or politics. Vancouver mayoral candidate. Former chief coroner of British Columbia. Part-time screenwriter for the TV series Da Vinci's Inquest. Unlike the fictional Dominic Da Vinci, played by Nicholas Campbell, Larry Campbell is still happily married.

Tom Campbell. Former Vancouver Mayor (1966-72) who was best known for wanting to round up all the hippies and ship them off to a detention centre. Not related to any of these other Campbells, but was part of the Non-Partisan Association (NPA) that Gordon Campbell would later join.

The Gastown Riots of 1971 occurred under Campbell's watch; for more information see the complete history of cannabis in Canada.

Many observers think that Tom Campbell's commitment to keeping Vancouver quiet and bland is still being followed at City Hall today.
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