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Calgary Grit: Lessons Learned

Goodbye Minister of Finance Takhar. Hello Minister Responsible for Seniors Takhar.

You win some, you lose some. Or so I hear.

Regardless, win or lose, we can all take home valuable lessons from the OLP leadership race – and with no fewer than 5 other Liberal leadership races ongoing in Canada, these are rules all Liberals should heed.

1. Play Nice: It likely shouldn’t be a surprise that the majority of the defeated candidates and delegates went to Wynne over Pupatello, considering the latter had spent much of the race belittling them and, just days before the convention, proclaimed “

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Ontario Liberal leadership: on the numbers

As a Kathleen Wynne delegate to the leadership convention, I will probably take some time in trying to articulate the significance of the win and not rush into a blathering post about how freakin’ awesome it all is. (By the way, Adam Goldenberg really nailed the personal aspect in his post for Macleans.) For now, a few thoughts about numbers.

Going into the first ballot, we knew how the delegates would vote because the ballots were pre-printed – you had to support the candidate for whom you ran, obviously, or the first ballot results would not reflect how your

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Calgary Grit: Convention Math

On Saturday, Maple Leaf Gardens was a cauldron of emotions. There were tears, broken promises, dashed dreams, and shrieks of pure unadulterated joy. That’s to be expected when you bring 2,000 people with very different motivations and beliefs together, and ask them to figure out who will govern a province of over 12 million people.

Yet despite all of that, in the end, what mattered more than the signs and scarves and speeches were the cold hard numbers. So it’s worth pausing to study the math behind Kathleen Wynne’s historic victory:

The First Ballot

The big story of the first

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A BCer in Toronto: Day 2 a Wynning day at #olpldr

After about two hours sleep, I made the trek downtown from Scarborough bright and early Saturday morning to see if I had a shot at being promoted from alternate to voting delegate, and would have the opportunity to casta vote for Gerard Kennedy in the Ontario Liberal leadership race. Alas, I wasn’t on the list, so I could only watch, cheer, persuade, and hope for the best.

Paths to victory Going in, Kennedy was a long-shot, but there was a path to victory for him. It had to happen early, though.  The first ballot results were pretty well set (Read more…)

Toronto Lawyer | Omar Ha-Redeye, J.D. » Politics: 2013 Ontario Liberal Party Leadership

Eric Hoskins | Gerard Kennedy | Sandra Pupatello | Charles Sousa | Harinder Takhar | Kathleen Wynne

Omar Ha-Redeye will be provided coverage of the 2013 Leadership Convention as an accredited blogger.

Featured posts:

How Wynne Just Lost My Support Jade Hip Hop Academy Opening Harinder Takhar is No Canadian Obama, but He’s Needed Austerity is the Real Story at the OLP LDR Convention Results of the First Ballot Bill 115 Protests Grow Outside Leadership Convention Why I Joined the Wynne Camp Results of the Second Ballot Interview with Chris Drew (Wynne Camp) Before Third Ballot Interview with Warren Kinsella (Read more…) . . . → Read More: Toronto Lawyer | Omar Ha-Redeye, J.D. » Politics: 2013 Ontario Liberal Party Leadership

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Gerard Kennedy Pitch Speech

Gerard Kennedy is, beyond all else, a gorgeous specimen.

His speech this morning was all about “doing politics differently”.  It was, however, a pretty standard issue “doing politics differently” speech.  A “new day”; “it starts now”; “nobody left behind” and so forth.  I suppose you are supposed to hear echoes of other great progressive speeches in it, and not just clichés   but I’m not sure how well the whole  party outsider approach works from a guy that’s been around Cdn/Ont politics for so long.  And, as for me, I don’t have a problem with the current OLP status quo: green belt;

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A BCer in Toronto: Day 1 is for Dalton at #olpldr

I’m increasingly of the belief that the way to cover a political convention, social media-wise, is to Tweet during the day, and provide a more thought-out perspective at night. So that’s what I’m going to try to do for my coverage of the Ontario Liberal Party leadership race this weekend, where I’m a Gerard Kennedy alternate and unofficial blogger at large.

Below you’ll find a Storify of my tweets during this first, short day of #olpldr. And I do mean short. All that was on the agenda was the official opening and a tribute to outgoing leader Dalton McGuinty. At (Read more…)

Calgary Grit: The Case For Kennedy

This weekend, Liberals from across Ontario will gather at Maple Leaf Gardens for what is likely to be one of the last grand old leadership conventions in Canada. Having 2,000 delegates decide who governs a province of 13 million doesn’t scream “grassroots”, but it makes for one heck of a show. There will be signs, there will be noise makers, there will be t-shirts, there will carefully orchestrated spontaneous outpourings of enthusiasm.

Rumours will fly, candidates will lead their delegates across the floor, and the TV cameras will scramble to find a heartbroken teenager in tears. Whether or not you

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Scott's DiaTribes: Gerard Kennedy answers 5 Q’s on what he’d do if elected Ont Liberal leader/Premier

This took longer then I thought it would initially, but Mr. Kennedy and his team have sent through their response to my 5 questions about his wanting to be Ontario Liberal leader/Premier. I thank them for sending it in. As with the others (Pupatello, Sousa, Wynne, and Hoskins), all answers are his.

I will say that there only remains one outstanding candidate, Harinder Takar (since Murray dropped out), and I’d not known who to reach to send him these questions. He did start following me on Twitter, and I did send him a Twitter msg asking if he’d like to

Calgary Grit: Down to the Wire

We’re now down to the stretch drive in the OLP leadership sprint, with the following (still unofficial) delegate count after this weekend’s round of voting:

Pupatello 506 Wynne 468 Kennedy 259 Takhar 244 Sousa 204 Hoskins 104 Independent 67

It’s a fractured field, and that becomes even more apparent when you consider no candidate received over 22% of the actual votes cast. It will come down to the convention, at which point delegates will be free to jump any which way after the first ballot. As history has shown, delegated conventions are unpredictable beasts, so it’s anybody’s guess who exits

A BCer in Toronto: Gerard Kennedy is my choice for Ontario Liberal party leader

If you’re an Ontario Liberal voting in leadership election meetings this weekend, I hope you’ll consider supporting Gerard Kennedy and your local Kennedy delegates. And if you’re voting in Scarborough-Centre, I’ll be running as a Kennedy delegate and I’d greatly appreciate your support. We have a lot of great candidates running for OLP that bring a diversity of experience and perspective to the table. While it’s hard to find fault with any of them, I feel that Gerard stands out from the pack for a number of reasons. One, he balances experience with fresh perspective. As the minister of education . . . → Read More: A BCer in Toronto: Gerard Kennedy is my choice for Ontario Liberal party leader

Calgary Grit: How They Stand

It’s been hard to get any kind of quantitative read on how the candidates stack up in the Ontario Liberal Party leadership race to date. Gerard Kennedy may be leading the polls among Ontarians, Sandra Pupatello may be winning the endorsement race, and Kathleen Wynne may have raised more money dough than anyone else, but none of those numbers give us anything more than a hint of how rank and file Liberals will vote at the delegate selection meetings this weekend.

What may provide more insight into how much support the contenders actually have are the number

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Calgary Grit: OLP News Roundup

Bits and pieces of news from the Ontario Liberal Party leadership race, in advance of tonight’s debate in Ottawa.

The Policy Candidate: Glen Murray has released the most detailled policy proposals and routinely peppers his speeches with more facts and figures than you’ll see in a fourth year economics class. For you wonks, be sure to check out his plans for tax reform, party renewal, and Northern Ontario.

The Blog-Friendly Candidate: I got tied up and wasn’t able to make the call, but props to Kathleen Wynne for fielding questions from bloggers last night. Scott Tribe offers

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BigCityLib Strikes Back: Gerard Kennedy Event In Ottawa

This is a public service announcement, not an endorsement.  Very not an endorsement, in fact:

Dear Gerard Kennedy enthusiast,

We continue to work together to help Gerard Kennedy earn the position of leader of the Ontario Liberal Party and our next Premier.We are pleased to have the Honourable Terry M. Mercer, Senator, will lend support to the cause. If you are in the Ottawa area, I hope you can join us and bring a friend. It will be a great chance to meet up new friends who care about Ontario as much as you do. You’ll also get

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Calgary Grit: The Air War Begins

The Ontario Liberal Party’s leadership race has been largely fought on the ground until now. With such a tight timeline, the campaigns were forced to focus almost exclusively on signing up new members until November 23rd. There have been polls, endorsements, and a few policies rushed out the door, but most of the race has taken place outside of the public eye. Heck, Harinder Takhar didn’t even declare until after the membership deadline. With that deadline passed, today’s debate in … . . . → Read More: Calgary Grit: The Air War Begins

The Adventures of Diva Rachel: The Diva Chooses Dalton’s Successor : It’s Gerard!

For the next Premier of Ontario, I chose Gerard Kennedy.

The race for leader of the Liberal Party of Ontario has an excellent range of candidates. Gerard Kennedy has a record of inclusion of all Ontarians, regardless of their sociocultural or linguistic identity.

For me, Gerard is the candidate best positioned to win the next provincial election. With his past roles in provincial and federal realms, he has understanding of the issues facing the middle class. Gerard’s years of experience at the community level, where he has advocated to help the most vulnerable families, insures he is fully aware of (Read more…)

The Adventures of Diva Rachel: Le choix de la Diva s’arrête sur Gérard Kennedy : candidat pour Premier Ministre de l’Ontario

Comme prochain premier ministre de l’Ontario, je choisis Gérard Kennedy.

La course la chefferie du Parti libéral de l’Ontario dispose d’un excellent ventail de candidats. Gérard Kennedy a une passion pour l’inclusion de tous les ontariens, quel que soit leur identité socioculturelle ou linguistique.

Pour moi, Gérard est le candidat le mieux placé pour gagner les prochaines élections. Il a avant tout une compréhension des enjeux auxquels font face la classe moyenne et il a des années d’expérience dans le milieu communautaire où il a milité pour aider les familles les plus vulnérables de la ville de Toronto. Un homme (Read more…)

Calgary Grit: Make a Difference

I recognize that most readers of this blog either: a) Don’t live in Ontario or b) Have pretty strong political beliefs So any pitch to join the Ontario Liberal Party is either a case of preaching to the choir, or preaching to atheists. However, if you are an unaffiliated Ontarian and want to make a difference, the deadline to sign up as an OLP member to vote for the next Premier of Ontario is midnight Friday. All Ontario residents 14 … . . . → Read More: Calgary Grit: Make a Difference

Politics and its Discontents: From Platitude Central – Part 3

Well, it would be nice to report that things are progressing well in terms of specific policy announcements in both the Ontario and federal Liberal leadership campaigns, but sadly, that is not the case. As has been previously reported the great parade … . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: From Platitude Central – Part 3

Scott's DiaTribes: Scorecard Update on Ontario Liberal Party candidates answering questions.

So I’ve had four people from four different campaigns ask me to send out the little questionnaire I’ve prepared to their candidate who is running in the Ontario Liberal Party race: that would be Sandra Pupatello’s campaign, Gerard Ken… . . . → Read More: Scott’s DiaTribes: Scorecard Update on Ontario Liberal Party candidates answering questions.

Calgary Grit: Kennedy for Ontario

After some bleating about how no one wanted the “poisoned chalice”, an impressive field of six candidates has declared for the OLP leadership race: Glen Murray, Sandra Pupatello, Eric Hoskins, Kathleen Wynne, Charles Sousa, and Gerard Kennedy. All have Cabinet experience, and all are ready to step into the Premier’s chair. I have nothing negative to say about any of the six and will gladly campaign for whichever one of them scrambles across the finish line first in this race. … . . . → Read More: Calgary Grit: Kennedy for Ontario

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Gerard Kennedy Cannot Claim OLP Leadership Until He Reclaims Leadership Of Own Hair

You can’t  go from being a hair-guy to being a substance guy.  It just doesn’t work like that.  In fact, it works just the opposite.  You go from being a hair-guy to being a hair-guy with hardly any hair that talks on and on until people pass out.  There’s no escaping this trap.  Gerard must get his hair back, or “acquire” a whack of it from mainland China, if you get my drift, or get out of the race.

Calgary Grit: Your Weekly OLP Leadership Update: Can Kennedy Restore a Liberal Camelot?

With the membership cut-off fast approaching, it seems likely we’ll have a good idea of the field of candidates to replace Dalton McGuinty within a few days. This week, Laurel Broten, Brad Duguid, and George Smitherman added their names to the list of those taking a pass, prompting a round of “no one wants this job” headlines.

The reality of the situation is far different. It seems almost certain the race will have between 4-6 viable candidates, with a couple more along for the ride. That’s as competitive as any leadership contest in recent memory, and you can be

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Calgary Grit: OLP Leadership Update

While Federal Liberal leadership aspirants are free to subject their candidacy to a year-long striptease before declaring, Ontario Liberals do not have the luxury of time. With the membership cut-off in just four weeks, there’s little time to play coy.

Yasir Naqvi mulled it over for a few days before deciding to bide his time for a future bid. This week, Dwight Duncan and Chris Bentley both announced they would not be candidates for the leadership – or the next election. Both decisions are understandable given the amount of time these men have spent in politics, and the baggage they

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