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Yappa Ding Ding: Fingers crossed

I admit it: I’m a worrywart. At our last leadership convention in 2006 Conservatives played dirty tricks, circulating fake buttons and posters to try to discourage delegates from voting for Bob Rae. Has Harper dropped another little turd to surprise us with on Sunday? It’s probably fine; I haven’t heard even a murmur of suspicion; . . . → Read More: Yappa Ding Ding: Fingers crossed

Yappa Ding Ding: Tribute to Bob

I’m watching the leadership convention live at liberal.ca/live. It’s great – John Turner is giving a very funny speech at the moment – but the tribute to Bob Rae is bittersweet, given that he was denied the chance to run for leader… again. Last time, it was decided we needed unanimity so Bob was pressured . . . → Read More: Yappa Ding Ding: Tribute to Bob

BigCityLib Strikes Back: If You Haven’t Written Off Martha Hall Findlay For LPoC Leader

…now is the time:

It’s time for the Liberal Party of Canada to stop ignoring Alberta. That was the message leadership candidate Martha Hall Findlay brought to Fort McMurray during a Friday tour of the oilsands, where she reaffirmed her support of the oilsands, as well as the Northern Gateway, Keystone XL and west-to-east pipelines.

. . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: If You Haven’t Written Off Martha Hall Findlay For LPoC Leader

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Campaign Buttons For LPoC Leadership Contenders

I’m thinking I might give the old political consultant business a try, figuring that if LaForet can pull it off how hard can it be?  So I’ve had several buttons made up as a kind of “proof of concept”, and if these are successful, more will follow.  The two buttons are shown below, accompanied by . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: Campaign Buttons For LPoC Leadership Contenders

Yappa Ding Ding: Leadership, leadership, leadership

I’m leaning towards Justin Trudeau for federal leader and Sandra Pupatello for Ontario provincial leader. But I don’t claim to be engaged enough to make an informed decision this time. I argued for Bob Rae when he lost to Dion and then lost to Ignatieff and then lost to party politics. I think Dalton McGuinty . . . → Read More: Yappa Ding Ding: Leadership, leadership, leadership

Yappa Ding Ding: Low Expectations are Justin’s Friend

The Globe published a rather odd little article today: “Former MP Mulroney: Underestimate Justin Trudeau at Your Peril”. Some of the online commenters interpreted Mulroney’s statements as support for Trudeau.

As I was reading the article, I took exception to this sentence: “The 40-year-old politician is already a polarizing figure for the party, simultaneously inspiring . . . → Read More: Yappa Ding Ding: Low Expectations are Justin’s Friend

Yappa Ding Ding: Mark Carney for Liberal Leader

Okay so it’s all rumors and his office is denying it, but the idea is so wonderful that I have to try to spread it further.

A leadership race between Trudeau and Carney would be… boffo. Carney on our side would be… world-changing.

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Justin Scores A Point

…in my book anyway:

On the issue now dominating B.C. politics, Mr. Trudeau said he did not support the proposed $6-billion Northern Gateway project to pipe Alberta oil-sands bitumen to the B.C. coast for shipment to Asia.By the way, WK says: 

A narrative is forming: Trudeau’s young and vital, but not serious.Garneau’s the other side . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: Justin Scores A Point

BigCityLib Strikes Back: The New Liberal Leader Must Oppose Northern Gateway

At least if they want me to vote for them. But also because its a solid political decision in advance of 2015.  The number of pro-pipeline votes to be had in B.C. is small and getting smaller.  Alberta is and will remain a wasteland regardless.  And the NDP’s anti stance doesn’t seem to have hurt . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: The New Liberal Leader Must Oppose Northern Gateway

Yappa Ding Ding: Liberal Leaders: Guaranteed Support?

Nothing succeeds like success, and nothing fails like failure. We Liberals have blown through four leaders in recent years (I count Bob Rae among the four because he has been much more than a caretaker). Our leaders have all failed – because we have not supported them. When the Harper attack ads started, we let . . . → Read More: Yappa Ding Ding: Liberal Leaders: Guaranteed Support?

Yappa Ding Ding: A Sad Regret that Rae Said No

Of all our options for permanent leader, Bob Rae is the most competent, experienced, principled, classy, witty, formidable, erudite and knowledgeable. We would have been very lucky to have him as permanent leader.

I was amazed he was willing to continue to stand for the job. It is six years since he first announced . . . → Read More: Yappa Ding Ding: A Sad Regret that Rae Said No

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Get Bob Rae A Sinecure!

BOOYAH!  Bob Rae has chosen NOT to run for LPoC leadership, which is the best thing for the party and therefore, by definition, for the nation.  If Stephen Harper won’t give him a Senate seat or an ambassadorship, I suggest that CBC offer him a spot.  In particular, stick him on Hockey Night in Canada . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: Get Bob Rae A Sinecure!

BigCityLib Strikes Back: What Would Happen If…

A GP/LPoC merger actually makes sense and is doable, relatively speaking.  And if E. May ran for leader of either a merged entity or the LPoC itself I would be willing to use all my skills and abilities to crush…CRUSH…anyone in her path.  Seriously. This is the  best bit of empty political speculation all week.

From here. . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: What Would Happen If…