Saturday, December 02, 2006

Liberal Leadership

Well, I guess Michael Ignatieff has to start unpacking his things, that move to Stornoway isn't going to happen.

Stephane Dion (or as George W. Bush likes to call him, "Steve") has won the liberal leadership and he should be able to make the next election interesting, especially given the upsurge in polls for the Liberal party of late.

Now, we sit and wait to see who the next premier of Alberta will be. It's Leadership night in Canada!

5 comments:

Sketch said...

Campaign will be interesting, but polls have shown a Liberal Party led by Dion would garner 27% of the vote, compared with 35% for the Conservatives. So if an end result similar to the Parliament we have now is interesting, then yes, it will be an interesting campaign.

What will be interesting to see is whether someone deemed as unpopular in his own province can garner support from soft sovreigntists.

pikey78oil said...

Wow, I'm glad you trotted out those poll numbers Sketch. What firm are they from? Tories 'R' Us? We all know that polls are notoriously unreliable. Except for on Election Day.

I still don't think Dion is the best choice for the Grits, Kennedy would have been better. But don't forget, Harper is just as unpopular in Quebec.

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Sketch said...

Did anyone read the story about six of Kennedy's ex-officio delegates voting for Martha Hall Findlay on the first ballot, you know, to give the only woman in the campaign a boost? And how many votes did Kennedy place behind Dion on the first ballot? Two.

Idle attempt at gallantry triggered events that made Dion Liberal chief

By Joan Bryden

MONTREAL (CP) - It seemed a harmless gesture to reward the lowliest candidate for a gallant campaign.


It may have changed the course of the Liberal leadership race, handing the crown to Stephane Dion.


Of all the sweaty palmed shakedowns, the not-so-secret pacts and the unseemly convention floor shoving matches, the most pivotal turned out to be a whimsical decision late Friday by a half dozen or so of Gerard Kennedy's ex-officio delegates to loan their support to last-place contender Martha Hall Findlay on the first ballot.


They felt confident Kennedy could spare a few votes and hoped they might be able to boost the lone female contender ahead of seventh-place Joe Volpe.


But those few votes made all the difference. Kennedy wound up slipping into fourth, just two votes behind Dion. The psychological impact of those paltry two votes on the 5,000 delegates turned out to be huge.


Dion was suddenly the guy with momentum, however slight, and Kennedy's campaign effectively stalled.

Wow. Sharp moves in the Kennedy camp.

And Pikey yes polls are unreliable but the do reflect a larger truth out there, which is that Dion has a hard row to hoe in his own province especially without a campaign machine there.

For further reading on Dion taking on Harper in an election, check out my friend and yours Warren Kinsella. Should prove interesing.