OUR VIEW: Funny how election years fuel fires and tweets

OUR VIEW: Funny how election years fuel fires and tweets

Prepare your eyes, ears and stomachs for a steady diet of "Yay Surrey" heading into this November’s civic election.

Because Lord knows, it’s being served. Consider Doug McCallum, the city’s mayor from 1996 to 2005.

After his defeat to Dianne Watts, McCallum slipped out of the limelight with élan and in the months and years that followed, reporters intending to write "where is he now" stories sighed heavy blasts of frustration trying to find him for a quick chat.

Then, 14 years gone by, McCallum showed up at the new city hall in Whalley in March and now he’s running once again for mayor.

"I have a fire in my belly," he says. That "fire" must have conveniently flared up when he found out Watts wasn’t running.

Also consider the Surrey First slate. You know, the guys who’ve been in charge of city hall for quite some time.

Surrey First’s Twitter account featured no less than eight tweets on Nov. 19, 2011, encouraging everyone to get out and vote, and thanking supporters for their support.

But after that, crickets.

The Twitter account lay dormant until this past July 1: "Happy Canada Day to the greatest city in the greatest country!" Nary a single tweet during non-election years but all a-flutter during.

Coincidence? You be the judge.

Surrey First also produced a tweet on July 16: "Proud to represent Surrey at the opening of the Canadian Fastpitch International," which is – ahem – an annual event that evidently enjoys extra-special consideration during an election year.

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