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The Canadian Progressive: Trudeau rebuked as Conservative defector Eve Adams loses Liberal nomination bid

Grassroots democracy prevailed Sunday when Conservative defector and Justin Trudeau’s pick, Eve Adams, lost her bid to carry the Liberal flag in Eglinton-Lawrence during the 2015 federal election.

The post Trudeau rebuked as Conservative defector Eve Adams loses Liberal nomination bid appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

A BCer in Toronto: Haters were going to call Eglinton-Lawrence a loss for Trudeau no matter what

When the narrative is against you, events don’t matter — they’ll be twisted to suit the desired message no matter what. Such is the case these days with Justin Trudeau and the Liberal Party, and Sunday’s nomination in Eglinton-Lawrence offers a compelling case study.

As you probably know, some months back former Conservative MP . . . → Read More: A BCer in Toronto: Haters were going to call Eglinton-Lawrence a loss for Trudeau no matter what

A BCer in Ottawa: Haters were going to call Eglinton-Lawrence a loss for Trudeau no matter what

When the narrative is against you, events don’t matter — they’ll be twisted to suit the desired message no matter what. Such is the case these days with Justin Trudeau and the Liberal Party, and Sunday’s nomination in Eglinton-Lawrence offers a compelling case study.

As you probably know, some months back former Conservative MP Eve Adams crossed the floor to join the Liberal caucus. Told she had to seek an open nomination, she opted to run in a riding where she had no roots — Eglinton-Lawrence — as there was already a Liberal candidate nominated at the time in her home riding. A local Liberal, Marco Mendicino, was already seeking the nomination in Eglinton-Lawrence. After a long delay and a heated race, Mendicino won on Sunday — by some reports handily.

As we waited for the results, I tweeted this:

I predict pundits have 2 columns ready. 1 Adams wins shows noms not open. 2 Adams loses shows Libs reject Trudeau. #cdnpoli #EgLaw

— Jeff Jedras (@jeffjedras) July 26, 2015

And as you can guess, with Mendicino’s win they went for option 2. It was entirely predictable. Heads the pundits win, tails Justin loses. Tim Harper’s column is representative of the spin across social media and pundit land this morning. Haters gonna hate, and they were going to hate either way.

Just for fun, let’s try to look at this logically. Fact is if Trudeau really wanted Adams as the candidate, she’d be the candidate. He’d either have appointed her or fixed the race to ensure she won. Mendicino would have had swathes of memberships mysteriously disallowed or disappeared. People would have been strongly encouraged to not support his campaign. There were plenty of levers they could have pulled. They pulled none of them. Besides leaving the nomination call to second-last in the GTA (Thornhill remains) no process or other levers were used to support the supposedly favoured candidate. And Mendicino had the support of past (interim) leader Bob Rae and a lot of active establishment Liberals who, if Adams was really the hard Trudeau choice, wouldn’t have gone near his campaign.

The argument for option 2 also relies on Adams being “Trudeau’s choice.” Let’s examine that logically too, shall we? The only way Trudeau could have headed off this damned either way scenario is if he hadn’t have let Adams cross the floor to the Liberal caucus. She was hardly a big get and her Liberal bonafides were questionable at best, but the opportunity to pick up an MP at Harper’s expense is hard to pass up. And if he’d blocked her he’d have taken flack for that too; don’t kid yourself.

So now that we accept she’s coming onboard, of course he has to have a press conference with her — only Prime Minister Harper is allowed to never talk to the press without consequence. And of course he is going to say positive things about her — what, is he going to say I don’t like her but welcome to our caucus? But he took pains to make clear that she would have to face an open nomination and he would pick no favourites. So all the “Trudeau’s choice” arguments are predicated on the fact he had a press conference to welcome a new MP to the caucus. It just doesn’t hold up to scrutiny.

Of course, logic doesn’t help you when the gods of the narrative aren’t on your side. So be it. To quote a great philosopher, haters gonna hate. Liberals just need to shake it off. The pundits will move on to the next tortured story soon. And no narrative is forever — a year ago they’d decided the man walked on water.

Meanwhile, in Mendicino Liberals have a candidate with deep local roots and the Liberal grassroots behind him that is best positioned to take on and defeat Joe Oliver. And none of the rest matters. . . . → Read More: A BCer in Ottawa: Haters were going to call Eglinton-Lawrence a loss for Trudeau no matter what

Accidental Deliberations: The Lemming Party of Canada

Shorter Scott Reid: There is no indignity which we Libs we won’t suffer, and no evil which we won’t allow ourselves to be strongarmed into supporting, if it means marginally saving face for the leader irresponsible enough to embrace them in the first place.

Left Over: ..Stay Away from Runaround Soudas…

Dimitri Soudas buys Liberal membership ahead of Eve Adams’s nomination vote

Adams, rival Marco Mendicino vie Sunday for party’s nomination in Eglinton-Lawrence riding By Laura Payton, CBC News Posted: Jul 23, 2015 5:42 PM ET Last Updated: Jul 23, 2015 6:28 PM ET

OMG… Wish I could sand-blast my eyes to get rid of the . . . → Read More: Left Over: ..Stay Away from Runaround Soudas…

Scott's DiaTribes: Nothing Personal, Eve Adams, but Marco’s my pick.

I’m not going to get irate or flabbergasted or question her motives over her crossing the floor as some Liberals have. It took some courage to do this, and I don’t doubt Dimitri Soudas would be very helpful giving out internal Conservative Party campaign strategy or dirty laundry, and I also think this does damage . . . → Read More: Scott’s DiaTribes: Nothing Personal, Eve Adams, but Marco’s my pick.

A BCer in Ottawa: Today, it’s all about Eve (Adams)

Today it was all about Eve in Canadian politics (one should really Google that plot before referencing it though), even after a mini-cabinet shuffle that made Pierre Poilievre a senior minister of the crown. Pierre gives hope to mindless partisans everywhere that excess of loyalty can trump dearth of qualification and intelligence.

No, it was Mississauga MP Eve Adams crossing the floor to the Liberal Party, and announcing her intent to seek a Liberal nomination in the Greater Toronto area, that overshadowed even the news of Jason Kenney as Minister of Making ISIS an Election Issue.
I still remember where I was when I heard Belinda Stronach was joining the Paul Martin government. It was Election Day in B.C., and I was working for Elections BC as a deputy returning officer. A local news reporter, who knew me as a Federal Liberal, came in to vote and asked me if I’d heard the big news. I called for relief, exited the voting hall and he told me what had happened. After he convinced me he wasn’t making it up, my reply, basically, was shut the front door.

Let me say this: Eve Adams is no Belinda Stronach. I found her conduct concerning as a Conservative MP, from the nomination drama to campaign expenses; my views haven’t changed simply because she’s now sitting as a Liberal. How much of her decision is principle, and how much is convenience? I have no earthly idea. Yes, she wanted to run as a Conservative right up until she couldn’t. That doesn’t mean her decision was purely opportunistic; leaving your party can be like breaking up with a spouse. You can put up with a lot of crap trying to make it work; finally, there’s a straw that breaks the camel’s back and enough is enough. Which isn’t to say there isn’t some opportunism here – she still wants to be an MP, and the Conservatives won’t have her.

We’re a big-tent party. I often disagree with fellow Liberals; that’s healthy. A number of NDPers have joined our caucus; we need to win votes from the Conservatives too if we’re to compete for government this fall. If Adams believes in Liberal values, including same sex marriage and a woman’s right to choose, then fine. Let her seek a Liberal nomination. And let it be a completely open nomination, with no special treatment from the leader’s office. If she can convince Liberals she shares our values and win a nomination, so be it. And if not, she had her chance in an open contest.

All parties will try to spin her decision. I think in reality it’s mixed for both sides. For the Liberals, one less CPC MP is a good thing for the Liberals and a bad thing for the Conservatives, and so is the narrative of progressive Conservatives leaving the Harper Party. On the flip side, Adams carries a great deal of baggage and this crossing looks more opportunistic than most. For the Conservatives, yes, they’re rid of a live wire that had become a distraction; their decision to bar her from running was soon to be public and messy – now it helps. On the other hand, she was still a parliamentary secretary, so how badly could they have thought of her and how seriously can we take their comments now? One less MP is one less MP. And for the NDP, once again someone is joining a party that’s not them and they’re left outside the news cycle looking in. Again. On the other hand, they may be glad to sit this one out.

On floor crossing in general, I’m not automatically opposed. I explained my feelings at length in this piece (Jeff Jedras: In defence of floor-crossing MPs), so I won’t repeat then at length here except to say each circumstance should be judged on its merits, and at the end of the day the electorate should hold the final judgement.

The questions today quickly turned to Adams’ partner Dimitri Soudas, a former national director of the Conservative Party and Stephen Harper loyalist. Two things here.

One, while rumours abounded, it appears that Soudas will not be joining the Liberal war room – his activities will be limited to serving as Adams’ sign chair. Of course, as any political veteran knows, that’s the best job to have – except in Sudbury in a winter byelection. He shouldn’t seek a senior position on the central Liberal campaign team, and he shouldn’t be offered one. While he may be full of Conservative secrets – and he may fight back if challenged – loyalty should still mean something, in spite of all that has happened here. While he supports his partner, spilling secrets is another matter. I can respect a person’s decision to change teams, but not to sell out the team they were loyal to just days ago. And it would be hard to trust such a person.

Two, I reject the suggestion that the questions about Soudas at the Adams presser this morning were sexist. He’s not just her partner. He’s a Harper confidante and former national director of the party privy to their electoral strategy. He lost his job trying to get her a nomination. Their relationship is very public, and that was their decision. His view on her decision was absolutely relevant, and the media would have been derelict in their duty to not have raised the issue. Lord knows we were all wondering the answer.

It was her right not to answer, but the question was fair and had nothing to do with gender. Such charges of bias should be reserved for actual honest to goodness examples of sexism, not wielded as a convenient political shield.

And now, let’s get back to talking about Conservative failure on the economy. 

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A BCer in Toronto: Today, it’s all about Eve (Adams)

Today it was all about Eve in Canadian politics (one should really Google that plot before referencing it though), even after a mini-cabinet shuffle that made Pierre Poilievre a senior minister of the crown. Pierre gives hope to mindless partisans everywhere that excess of loyalty can trump dearth of qualification and intelligence. No, it . . . → Read More: A BCer in Toronto: Today, it’s all about Eve (Adams)

Left Over: Justin Plays the Apple to Con’s Eve…

Eve Adams, former Conservative MP, to join Liberal Party ‘She wanted to be her community’s voice in Ottawa, not the prime minister’s voice in her community’: Trudeau

By Kady O’Malley, CBC News Posted: Feb 09, 2015 8:33 AM ET Last Updated: Feb 09, 2015 11:20 AM ET

 

Hahahahaha! Trudeau is really . . . → Read More: Left Over: Justin Plays the Apple to Con’s Eve…

The Disaffected Lib: Really Justin, Eve Adams?

She was a perfect fit for the Harper caucus.  She even hooked up with former Harpo mouthpiece Dimitri Soudas.  Then her political career went to hell and she couldn’t even score a Conservative nomination anywhere.  And, to prove that politics is a linear process, Eve Adams has now hopped aboard Team Trudeau.

Oh, . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Really Justin, Eve Adams?

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Monstrous Ebola Scandal

A few days ago I pointed out that Stephen Harper was trying to fan the flames of an Ebola panic.Even though his response to the epidemic has been lethally inadequate. And far from making us safer he has been decimating the ranks of those who would protect us from dangerous diseases.But this is simply . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Monstrous Ebola Scandal

Politics and its Discontents: Your Morning Smile (for most of us)

And under the “methinks he doth protest too much” file, enjoy this. Recommend this Post

Politics and its Discontents: …Gone?

The tale of Eve Adams gets increasingly melodramatic, and increasingly reminiscent of Helena Guergis. That she will suffer Helena’s political fate is looking more likely with each passing day.

Readers may recall that prior to her fall from grace, Helena Guergis, at the Charlottetown airport in February of 2010, allegedly threw a tantrum and screamed . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: …Gone?

Montreal Simon: Eve Adams and the Trouble in the Garden Of Steve

Uh oh. Somebody call Jason Kenney or an exorcist.Or an embalmer.There is trouble in the Garden of Steve. Read more »

Politics and its Discontents: Going, Going ….

And soon gone, would be my guess. Read this CBC report and watch the following video, both of which suggest to this observer that Eve Adams is not long for this political world:

Recommend this Post . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Going, Going ….

Politics and its Discontents: Is The Master Losing His Grip?

Listen to The Globe’s Campbell Clark and decide for yourself:

Recommend this Post . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Is The Master Losing His Grip?

Politics and its Discontents: What A Friend We Have In Stephen*

* With apologies to Joseph Scriven’s original hymn, What a Friend We Have in Jesus.

One can only assume that these days there are far fewer congregants lustily singing the praises of their dark lord and master, Stephen Harper, in that hallowed place of worship known as the Conservative caucus. Their faith has, in . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: What A Friend We Have In Stephen*

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Eve of Destruction

Well I can only imagine him today, huddled in his bunker with his closest advisers. The shrinking band of PMO fanatics he still trusts.Lamenting the fate of his faithful Dimitri.While suggesting for public consumption, that he was the one who fired him. Read more »

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Montreal Simon: Con Confidential and the Downfall of Dimitri Soudas

OMG. When I heard the news at first I was stunned. And then I was shocked.And then I was FURIOUS.This wasn't how my new Harlequin HarleCon romance "Con Confidential" was supposed to end.It was supposed to be a torrid Con love story not a torrid Con SCANDAL !#@!!!!And then all I could think of . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Con Confidential and the Downfall of Dimitri Soudas

Montreal Simon: Maxime Bernier’s Really Bad Driving Day

Golly. I bet the Cons are really regretting having gone after Tom Mulcair for ignoring a stop sign on Parliament Hill.For not only did it make them look ridiculous.It also made them look hypocritical.And now to make matters even worse eh?Watch out !!!! Here comes Maxime Bernier !!! Read more »

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Montreal Simon: Tom Mulcair and the Troubles of Eve Adams

Well as you know Tom Mulcair got into a spot of trouble on Parliament Hill the other day.He ran a stop sign, was intercepted by the RCMP.And then mercilessly mocked by the Cons in the House of Commons. First by James Moore and then by Jason Kenney.But now it turns out Mulcair wasn't the . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Tom Mulcair and the Troubles of Eve Adams

Musings on Canadian Politics: Haircuts and highlights: Conservative MP Eve Adams on accountability

I hate to state the obvious, but the Conservative Party of Canada has some problems right now. There are very few things the average Joe dislikes more than people who say one thing and do another. This notion applies as equally to the individual as it does to politicians and political brands.

The Conservatives . . . → Read More: Musings on Canadian Politics: Haircuts and highlights: Conservative MP Eve Adams on accountability

Politics and its Discontents: The Internet As Lie Detector

Funny thing about the Internet, isn’t it? Almost everything that is uttered or printed by public officials cannot, happily, be rewritten à la Orwell’s Nineteen -Eighty-Four. But then again, the government depicted within the novel must have felt the need to guard against uprisings by the people and so relied on scapegoating, invective, close monitoring . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: The Internet As Lie Detector

Valerie Burns: On Michael Sona

Officials from Elections Canada have laid an information in a Guelph court alleging one charge against Michael Sona, a former Conservative Party of Canada staffer and campaign executive.

You guys know I don’t blog often. I greet most political issues with a sens of ennui, and most ‘debates’ frustrate me as tired screaming matches . . . → Read More: Valerie Burns: On Michael Sona