He may have baked you lasagna, but Glen has moved on and found someone new.
Today, Glen Murray bowed out of the Ontario Liberal leadership race and David Merner took a pass at the federal job. The reaction to both announcements has ranged from a shrug to an in-depth analysis on the impact . . . → Read More: Calgary Grit: Getting Dumped
I’m hearing that signature sheets are being circulated for a Martin Cauchon Liberal leadership run. If this is true, he’s cutting it close – the deadline to enter is this Sunday.
To date, 7 candidates have officially declared. Rumour has it David Bertschi will become an official candidate today, and David Merner will take . . . → Read More: Calgary Grit: Rumeur Du Jour
Who will cross the finish line first?
While a Justin Trudeau cakewalk in the Liberal leadership race doesn’t seem quite as inevitable as it did two weeks ago, most pundits still regard his win as inevitable. However, while discussing the relative strengths of the Coyne and Takach campaigns over drinks last week, it . . . → Read More: Calgary Grit: Liberal Leadership Pool
David Merner, or as he will soon be known to Canadians watching Liberal leadership debates – “that guy standing next to Justin Trudeau”
On Sunday, long shot Liberal leadership candidate David Merner sat down for brunch with a few Toronto area bloggers, for an informal chat about the future of the Liberal Party. . . . → Read More: Calgary Grit: Meet David Merner
Justin Trudeau and Martha Hall Findlay appear ready to roll
The Liberal Party has released the rules for its leadership race, effectively sounding the starting pistol.
The finish line will be April 14th in Ottawa, when the leader is announced. There’s still no word on exactly how that vote will be conducted, though . . . → Read More: Calgary Grit: The Race Is On
David Merner (left) and Alberta Liberal Party president Todd Van Vliet (right.)
“It’s funny, I thought I would be running as a pro-business, pro-environment West-coast Liberal but it looks like I’ve become the ‘cooperation candidate.‘” That was former LPC(BC) President David Merner’s reaction when I told him that I had read Gloria Galloway’s . . . → Read More: The Equivocator: David Merner and the Conversation the Liberal Party Needs to Have
David Merner has a long history with the Liberal Party; was president of one of the few hot spots of political life and ferment in the Party; is a fighter by training by virtue of being a litigating lawyer, and by intrinsic genetic disposition. And now he plans to run for leader of the Liberal . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Why the Liberal Party rules for choosing a new leader favour David Merner
On July 4th Bob Hepburn wrote this silly article: “Warning to Liberals: Beware delusional no-hope leadership candidates.” I would like to defend these so-called “no-hope” candidates.
The next Liberal leader is unlikely to be elected Prime Minister in 2015. We must have a 2 election strategy. The Liberal Party cannot keep jettisoning our leaders . . . → Read More: The Equivocator: In Defense of “Second Tier” Candidates
With summer underway the Liberal Party of Canada leadership race is starting to heat up (yes, I do feel horrible for writing that) with a few recent developments to report.
For one, a Coyne has declared (no, not Andrew). It’s Deborah Coyne, who will have to remind the media that she does indeed . . . → Read More: A BCer in Toronto: A Coyne (not that one) enters the race and a BCer (not me) comes close
Future CPC attack ad: “Deborah Coyne climbed Mount Kilimanjaro – were the Rockies not good enough for her?”
It’s worth noting that at this stage in the Liberal Leadership Race, the line between a “declared” and “undeclared” candidate is a thin one. Until the rules and entry fees are set, there’s no way . . . → Read More: Calgary Grit: Liberal Leadership Wednesdays: Coyne4Leader
A few developments to note. First up, word came last night of LPCBC President David Merner’s announcement that he is leaving that position in order to run for leader. I spoke with David on the weekend while he was at the LPCA meeting in Edmonton. Merner is a native Albertan, living in Victoria, who has . . . → Read More: Impolitical: Liberal leadership movement
The expectation is that rules for the Liberal leadership race will come down in June, setting the stage for a summer of getting to know the men and women wanting to lead Canada’s third party.
But while we won’t know the rules of the race for another month or two, that hasn’t limited speculation in . . . → Read More: Calgary Grit: An update on all the people MAYBE running for Liberal leadership