In the historical timeline of British Columbia media, there is one word to describe George Orr - Legendary. From radio reporter for CKNW, to on-camera reporter for BCTV, to reporter/editor/producer for CBC Vancouver and CBC Newsworld, to host of Studio BC on the Knowledge Network. A winner of Jack Webster Foundation awards and a fellowship for broadcast journalism, George returned to BCIT where he once graduated to become an instructor of broadcast journalism and a mentor for a new generation.
Still involved in documentary production as a love and a hobby, George set his sights on a new pursuit that surprised more than a few. Provincial politics. It was time to do what he could having the most impact on the issues that trouble British Columbia. George joined the BC Greens and approached the party heirarchy to stand as a candidate in his home riding. He did all the right things, talked to all the right people, developed an election strategy and offered his media experience and contacts to elevate the party's profile. Then the BC Greens said he was "not suitable" to run for them. Just like that, with no real explanation.
I was honored to interview George and discuss the evolution of media, the ever-changing landscape of information and politics, how the relationship between media and government has changed, his vision of where BC may be headed and his rejection by the BC Greens. Make no mistake, George is still confident things can be redirected, but the time is short.
The remainder of this episode will look at the BC Greens and assess their policy, their role and possible fates in the upcoming May 9 election. Credible alternative on the ascent, or bit player in danger of irrelevance? Will Andrew Weaver be a target of the BC Liberal money machine? Will strategic voting or values-based voting decide who forms government? Will a true political voting statement guarantee a Clark victory?
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