The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Every day can bring them one step closer #nlpoli

Liberal supporters in the province elected Dwight Ball as the new party leader in voting that ended on Sunday. By the time this appears on Monday morning, you will likely have heard most of the obvious comments. You will also have heard or read about how this leadership contest staked up against others across Canada ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Cathy’s Curious Campaign Kicker #nlpoli

With voting set to begin in the Liberal leadership campaign, Cathy Bennett took out newspaper ads that have stirred up a bit of controversy. On the face of it, they endorse the local Liberal member of the House of Assembly.  The one at right appeared in the Western Star on Wednesday.  It’s about interim opposition ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The real Liberal Renewal #nlpoli

Cathy Bennett launched a 48-day tour of the province last week as part of her bid for the Liberal leadership. The local media dutifully attended but the story didn’t make the news in any major way.  That’s partly because Bennett and the other Liberal candidates have been traveling around the province pretty much since Day ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Politics and car mirrors #nlpoli

So not the same thing. If the party releases the numbers, we’ll know the actual number of people who have signed up to vote in the Liberal leadership once the party has gone through all the forms and deleted the duplicates, triplicates, and the various fakes.  We’ll also know how many signed up as supporters ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Values and Ideas #nlpoli

“Don’t question my values,” Cathy Bennett warned one her fellow candidates in the Liberal leadership, “and I won’t question yours.” The other candidate in that part of the debate wasn’t questioning her values.  He just asked, as many have wondered, about the time over the past decade when she was giving money to the ruling ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Like we told you: no money rules for Liberal Leadership #nlpoli

SRBP told you on July 18 and this past Saturday, the Telegram had a front page story telling us that the Liberal leadership campaign has no financial rules. James McLeod’s piece added the views from the individual candidates.  Only Danny Dumaresque plans to release any details on who gave him money and how much they ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Moments from the Liberal Debate #nlpoli

Here are some quick observations from the Thursday night Liberal leadership debate on VOCM: (Read more…)

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Stay the Course, Choose Change, and the Liberal Alternative #nlpoli

Identifying supporters is only part of the challenge in a political campaign.  That’s basically what the five candidates in the Liberal leadership contest are doing when they sign people up to vote in November. It’s a lot tougher a job than some people apparently thought. One of the big factors in any political campaign is ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: You got cash? They’ve got a party. #nlpoli

The party that brought the province its first and only election finance law in 1991 is currently in the midst of a campaign to select its own leader, but the race has absolutely no rules of any kind on campaign financing. The Liberal Party’s constitution and 2013 leadership rules are absolutely silent on campaign finances ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Antle changes dynamics of Liberal leadership race #nlpoli

Last November, it was easy to dismiss Paul Antle as another potential Liberal leadership candidate who lots of people talked about but who sounded more like he had better things to do. Two things in July changed that. First, Antle raced around at the last minute and joined the leadership race. Second, and more importantly, ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Paul Antle’s Opening Shot #nlpoli

Here’s the e-mail that’s making the rounds: I am running for Leader of the Liberal Party of Newfoundland and Labrador. I have no confidence in the current government. We’ve come too far to go backwards. I love this place and I understand its DNA. Our province has no leadership. That’s about to change. Please join ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Great Political Quotes: Tax Shelter edition #nlpoli

“We lost, but that passion for fighting the injustice of a retroactive law change — that passion I will bring to the Liberal Party of Newfoundland and Labrador, and to the people of Newfoundland and Labrador…” Liberal leadership hopeful Paul Antle CBC reported on Friday that a “Federal Court of Appeal judge ruled in 2010 ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The Campaign Starts… #nlpoli

Okay anyone who believed Cathy Bennett was “thinking about it” over the weekend know that she was already getting her Liberal leadership campaign in gear.  She’ll be launching later on Wednesday morning. You see, as much as some people might fancy that her media line was true, you just can’t get a campaign website organized ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The Crucible #nlpoli

If the Conservative Party in Newfoundland and Labrador threw out people who had been a Liberal or a New Democrat before, there wouldn’t be enough people left in it to have a game of cards.  Pretty well all the old Tories from the 1970s who rose to any prominence started out life as Liberals. John ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Water and beans #nlpoli

You don’t make the kind of telephone calls Cathy Bennett has been making if you aren’t already headed toward an announcement you will go after a political party leadership. What CBC got was the talking point, nothing more. What NTV got was the talking point, written down. Bennett has been calling Liberals like Dwight Ball ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Cathy Bennett to seek Liberal leadership #nlpoli

SRBP expects that Cathy Bennett, chair of the Bennett Group of companies, will announce her bid for the provincial Liberal leadership next week.   More to follow… -srbp- .

The Progressive Right: Blogging the Liberal Party National Showcase (#lpcldr)

I’ll be participating in the Liberal Party Leadership National Showcase this Saturday as “accredited media”. Take that, MSM. You can follow my coverage here, on Twitter (@progright), and on Google+. I’d like to thank the Liberal Party of Canada for accrediting bloggers – there are a few of us attending. I was critical of the ...

A BCer in Toronto: Briefly, on "cooperation"

I’ve been firmly on the record against merger, or a non-aggression pact (deceptively called cooperation — who doesn’t like cooperation?) for at least a year or two now. I’ve outlined my reasons at length, from the fact that most statistical evidence indicates it just won’t work (you’ll lose centre-right Liberals to Harper and strengthen his ...

A BCer in Toronto: Liberal members: If you want to vote for leader, you MUST register

While I am supporting one of the leadership candidates, consider this a public service message: if you’re a Liberal Party of Canada member and you want to vote for leader, you MUST register by March 14, 2013. Just holding a valid membership is not enough. If you do not register by March 14, you WILL ...

A BCer in Toronto: Deborah Coyne meets the press

It’s been a busy few days for Liberal leadership candidate Deborah Coyne, doing several media interviews around the launch of her new ebook  Unscripted: A Life Devoted to Building a Better Canada. Here’s a few of the interviews where she talks about the book, the leadership race, why she’s running, and how she believes we can ...

A BCer in Toronto: Five things you may not know about Deborah Coyne

Liberal Party of Canada leadership candidate Deborah Coyne has released a new ebook called Unscripted: A Life Devoted to Building a Better Canada. Here are five tidbits from the book that you may not have known about her:  Deborah’s history in the Liberal Party goes back to 1983, when she was elected to then party ...

The Progressive Right: Justin Trudeau in Port Perry #lpcldr

Just back from Port Perry where I got a chance to see Justin Trudeau speak on behalf of his leadership campaign and on behalf of Grant Humes, the Durham Liberal candidate for the November 26th by-election. Some highlights of the stop. Justin started off with a little humour by launching with a cheap pop announcing he ...

The Progressive Right: I Support Justin Trudeau

I support Justin Trudeau for leader of the Liberal Party of Canada. For the record, this will be my second* Liberal leadership campaign as a federal Liberal. You’re going to hear a lot from the commentariat that Justin’s too young, that he’s too inexperienced, that he’s too whatever. What Canada lacks is energy and a ...

A BCer in Toronto: The Liberal Party needs a competitive race

With the rules that will govern the race now in place and more candidates about to put their names forward, the race for the Liberal Party of Canada is about to move from the quiet summer exploratory phase to a season of coast-to-coast fall campaigning. Officially, the starting gun will sound Nov. 15th, and when ...

A BCer in Toronto: Liberal leadership procedure and process update from Mike Crawley

Today was the Liberal Party of Canada (Ontario)’s Toronto region day, where Liberals from the ridings of greater Toronto gathered to  talk organization, policy and rebuilding. A few items of interest to share, particularly on the leadership front. Speaking of leadership, as I believe in full disclosure I’ll say that I’m supporting Deborah Coyne for ...