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Regan Wolfrom: My Run for the Leadership of the Manitoba Liberal Party

It is with great vigour, excitement, and simulated frisson that I announce the start of the start of my run for the leadership of the Manitoba Liberal Party.

I am the perfect candidate. Smart, but not too smart. Attractive, but not too attractive. Rich, but not… well, not rich at all, really.

There is no reason why we can’t have a province to be proud of, where solutions are actually based on rational thought and discussion rather than talking points and partisan orthodoxy.

You know, I used to run around saying that the NDP in Manitoba were ethically bankrupt. Now, (Read more…)

The Liberal Scarf: Winners and losers in the LPC leadership race – besides the obvious winner

Was in Ottawa for the leadership reveal, and I’ve been meaning to write a blog reflecting on the race. First off, let me thank all the volunteers and party staff who worked during the weekend and throughout the race.

While the obvious winner was Justin Trudeau, and congratulations to his team are due, I thought I’d write about who I think are the more subtle winners and losers from both the weekend and the race as a whole. Presented in no particular order.

WINNERS

-George Takach

Takach wasn’t taken the most seriously at the start of the race, but

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The Liberal Scarf: Winners and losers in the LPC leadership race – besides the obvious winner

Was in Ottawa for the leadership reveal, and I’ve been meaning to write a blog reflecting on the race. First off, let me thank all the volunteers and party staff who worked during the weekend and throughout the race.

While the obvious winner was Justin Trudeau, and congratulations to his team are due, I thought I’d write about who I think are the more subtle winners and losers from both the weekend and the race as a whole. Presented in no particular order.

WINNERS

-George Takach

Takach wasn’t taken the most seriously at the start of the race, but

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Impolitical: The choice #lpcldr

Joyce Murray’s leadership video, released yesterday, which was very well received at the Showcase yesterday.

The Liberal Scarf: Follow me on Twitter for coverage of the Liberal leadership showcase tomorrow

I’ll be livetweeting the showcase (I nearly typed convention out of a force of habit left over from OLP leadership) so follow me on Twitter at @WilliamNorman.

Impolitical: On the leadership outcome #lpcldr

Shorter David Akin today: Hold your horses, everybody! Agreed. One part of his piece requires a little clarification though: And remember, it’s not just paid-up members of the Liberal Party who will vote. As many as 90,000 “supporters” or non-members of the party are eligible, and their influence will swamp the 35,000 actual members eligible to vote.

Many of those “supporters” have been herded into the race by activist groups such as Avaaz or LeadNow who have endorsed Murray because of her idea of electoral co-operation. These groups don’t care if the government is Liberal, New Democrat or Green

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Impolitical: It’s that time, kids #lpcldr

It’s that necessary evil in politics rearing its head…fundraising! If you are in downtown Toronto early this evening and care to come out to support MP Joyce Murray who is charging up the hill in this leadership race, then here’s an opportunity to do so. If you’re not in Toronto, there is always the magic of the internet to make your own particular contribution.

Here are some of the details of tonight’s event:

Wednesday, March 27, 20135:30 pm – 7:30 pm

The University Club of Toronto380 University AvenueToronto, ON M5G 1R6

Ticket: $250(anyone who has

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The Liberal Scarf: Hey you, register to vote for the LPC leadership!

The deadline to register for the LPC leadership vote is this Thursday! Register now, it takes less than 2 minutes to make sure your voice is heard as part of the most open leadership race in Canadian history!

Just click this link for registration help!

Impolitical: Attack can be the sincerest form of flattery #lpcldr

As readers of my blog would know, I have been supporting Joyce Murray in the Liberal leadership campaign. I have been proud to do so as Joyce has run a smart, positive political campaign from the get-go.

She has emphasized her vision of a Sustainable Society with compelling proposals on environmental sustainability, a digital economy, promoting democracy abroad, advancing the participation of women in Canadian society, smart crime policy that would legalize cannabis, and yes, a strong political platform that would enable these policies to be put in place.

Her electoral cooperation proposal, underpinning the key and crucial goal

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Impolitical: Notes from #lpcldr this fine morning

The Globe has a misguided header but a somewhat interesting report nevertheless: “Ontario, B.C. have biggest say in Liberal leadership race.” Since every riding is equally weighted for voting purposes, technically those provinces don’t have the biggest say in the race. What is nevertheless interesting is the remaining fact of the large number of sign-ups in both Ontario and BC as opposed to other provinces: “More than half of the eligible voters in the race are in Ontario (125,000) and B.C. (40,000), giving those provinces a bigger say in the vote than their relative share of the

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Impolitical: Fair Vote Canada on the Murray-Trudeau exchange #lpcldr

Fair Vote Canada clarifies one of the assertions made during Sunday’s debate on proportional representation. “In a remarkable exchange during the Liberal leadership debate in Halifax on Sunday, March 3…” 

Release is worth a read.

Impolitical: Post-debate video, numbers, etc. #lpcldr

Joyce Murray on Sun News once again.

A little additional reading: “Why Supporting Joyce Murray Is the Best Way to Defeat Stephen Harper.”

Oh, and apparently there could be 300,000 in the pool. Numbers yet to be announced by the party.

Have a good day!

Impolitical: Harris & Russell on Murray #lpcldr

While the race goes on in the background, two pieces to note that are out in the last 24 hours on Joyce Murray demonstrating her continuing ability to impress.

There was the column in iPolitics as of last night by one tough cookie, Michael Harris: “The credibility candidate: Joyce Murray in conversation.” It’s out from behind the paywall so I’ll leave you to read it.

Also on the must read list is Peter Russell’s column in Ontario Newswatch: “Joyce Murray is the Best Choice for the Liberals and the Rest of Us.” He is impressed with her

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The Liberal Scarf: 2 hours left to sign up as a supporter!

It’s the most open leadership election process in Canadian history. By clicking this link and registering as a supporter, you’ll make sure your voice is heard in choosing the next leader of the Liberal Party of Canada! Just under 2 hours left to register!

Impolitical: A reaction to the debate #lpcldr

Just received this in my inbox: There is a difference between a cheerleader and a leader.

Seven candidates in this race are acting like cheerleaders, expressing their faith that Liberals will win power either because it is inevitable (sailing dangerously close to the arrogance of assuming we are Canada’s natural governing party) or because voters will simply like their leadership (little more than conceit). Neither suggestion is realistic, but the fans love it and applaud vigorously because we always want to cheer on our team, even when we know we are trailing by 165 to 35.

Only one candidate, Joyce

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Impolitical: The daily momentum watch #lpcldr

Video of the candidate with the “wind at her back.” On how she’s bringing new people into the party, will rebuild it as priority number one…and so on. Well worth a watch.

Yes, I realize my site is becoming a little heavy on the political candidate side but it’s the final week sign-up push after all. Give a blogger a break.

Is she starting to look like Hillary, or is that just me…

Impolitical: Momentum in #lpcldr

This is the last week for supporters to sign up by the March 3rd deadline. Take note and spread the word! So there is a lot of activity going on in the race in various momentum building activities. I like the way this blog item puts it for Joyce Murray’s week to date: Murray’s campaign seems to be gaining some momentum. On Tuesday, Murray held a press conference announcing that Senator Céline Hervieux-Payette has endorsed her ahead of her campaign’s Quebec tour.

Last week, environmental guru David Suzuki penned an open letter to his supporters endorsing Murray. Suzuki’s endorsement shouldn’t

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Impolitical: A theory of politics playing out in #lpcldr

This blogger has a lot of smart things to say.

A candidate with policy convictions proposing them and finding they connect with highly motivated citizens…by Jove, I think she’s on to something!

Impolitical: David Suzuki announces support for Joyce Murray #lpcldr

Joyce Murray’s campaign for Liberal leadership gets a nice boost today: DAVID SUZUKI OPEN LETTER

February 20, 2013

“An open letter to Canadians:

I am writing this as an individual citizen, not on behalf of any organization or political party. In fact, I do not belong to any political party. I will support candidates, platforms and policies of any party that move our country towards a more just and sustainable future.

I was delighted to see that the federal Liberal party allows any Canadian to participate in the choice of its leader. I urge everyone who is concerned about (Read more…)

Impolitical: GTA debate aftermath

Dan Veniez has a column up this morning worth noting: Only three can legitimately claim to have earned the right to stay for the next rounds: Trudeau, Garneau, and Murray.

While I may differ with Joyce Murray on some of the content of her program, she has proven herself to be one tough cookie and a very serious candidate. Besides her track record of actually winning contested nominations and close elections, she has positioned herself squarely as an important voice on the “progressive” wing of the party.

Murray has a thoughtful, comprehensive, and cohesive set of ideas. And whether

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The Liberal Scarf: 24 hours to go before the GTA Liberal leadership debate!

http://www.liberal.ca/newsroom/blog/watch-candidates-go-1on1/

I’ll be there volunteering, but if you can’t make it, you can watch live at Liberal.ca/Live and join thousands of Liberals from across Canada on the live chat. The race is getting more and more heated, so you won’t want to miss all 9 candidates debating each other 1 on 1 and talking about how to rebuild our party and make Canada a better place.

And of course, don’t forget that you can have your voice heard and help choose the next Liberal leader for free by signing up as a supporter! http://www.liberal.ca/supporter/

Impolitical: Liberals on cooperation

From a letter distributed to the leadership campaigns last week, some content of interest on the issue of cooperation that you may not be hearing in other channels. Ron Hartling ran for the party presidency last year and is the President of the Kingston riding association. Ron is neutral in this leadership race, to be clear, and has committed to his riding to his neutrality. Following his email is some data shared by one of his riding executive members. From: Ron Hartling [mailto:ron.hartling@gmail.com] Sent: Wednesday, February 06, 2013 04:00 PMTo: David Bertschi ; Martin Cauchon ; Deborah

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The Liberal Scarf: Want to have your say in choosing the next Liberal leader? You gotta register! Check your email now!

Registration emails have started going out to LPC members and supporters so check your email and follow the instructions! If you don’t register, you don’t get to vote! Interm leader the Hon. Bob Rae registered today, and it only took him a minute. The deadline to register is March 14, spread the word!

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The Latest Candidate Who Never Was #nlpoli

CBC news reported last week that Scott Simms won;t be pursuing the provincial Liberal leadership.

That’s no surprise because the federal member of parliament was never really thinking about becoming a candidate.

If you look at the story in late January and now you cans ee something else.

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The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Gerry, Scott, and a Player to Be Named Later #nlpoli

If you believe what you hear on the news, federal members of parliament Gerry Byrne and Scott Simms are both thinking about running to be leader of the provincial Liberal Party.

Byrne’s named had been kicked around before.  In fact, in an earlier version of it, Gerry planned to announce his intentions by the end of January.  Now he has put off his decision until March.

Simms was a new entrant to the speculation race, largely because he hasn’t been in Ottawa very long and is pretty tight with Justin Trudeau and his leadership team.  If Trudeau takes the top federal party job, Simms would stand to play a more important role there than he currently has.

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