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Scott's DiaTribes: Interview with Cathy MacLellan, Liberal Nomination Contestant for Waterloo

One of the advantages of going to a LPC(O) Conference is you sometimes unexpectedly meet candidates or nomination contestants. That was the case this past weekend in London when through an acquaintance, I met Cathy MacLellan, who is a nomination contestant in the riding of Waterloo, a new riding created by Elections Canada due to electoral redistribution. She was aware of my blog and past interviews it seems, so I asked if she’d like to participate in one. to which she agreed to. This is a riding that is being vigourously contested by several Liberal candidates or would-be candidatures, so (Read more…)

Trashy's World: Pontiac Liberals – choose Cindy Duncan McMillan!

The outlook for the Liberals is bright as the 2015 election approaches. There are a number of very qualified and dedicated candidates or nominees lining up to clean our country of the CPC mess that is Harper’s legacy. I while back, I profiled Danielle Takacs and Karen McCrimmon as two strong nominees (Danielle has since […]

The Disaffected Lib: It’s Not That We Disagree, It’s That I Despise Your Ideas

When ever I read another article and view another series of photographs of the carnage Israel has inflicted on the civilian population of Gaza and then think of the Netanyahu apologists, Trudeau and Mulcair, I despise them and any party that would tolerate much less follow their views.  That these two greasy opportunists haven’t been tossed to the street for their blatant pandering tells me all I need to know about the Liberal Party and the New Democrats. 

Our general election is less than a year away, possibly much sooner if Harper sees a window of opportunity in which to (Read more…)

Scott's DiaTribes: Congrats to Danielle Takacs, new LPC candidate for Brantford-Brant

I had the great privilege and honour to be in Brantford last evening for the nomination of my good friend Danielle Takacs; she is now the Liberal candidate for the riding of Brantford-Brant. My fellow blogger Jeff Jedras has also done a blogpost on Danielle which he listed all of her extensive accomplishments she has already done and still a part of, so I won’t go into that list – you may read them at your leisure over at his site. Rather, I’ll mention that it was an amazing night, with an overflow crowd of 100 – I’ll admit, we (Read more…)

Scott's DiaTribes: Interview with Karen McCrimmon, LPC nomination contestant Kanata-Carleton

Following up on yesterday’s interview with David Graham, today we have an interview conducted with Karen McCrimmon, Liberal Party nomination hopeful in the riding of Kanata-Carleton. My thanks to Karen for taking time out of her busy schedule to do this interview with me. ———– 1. What made you decide you wanted to run to be the official candidate for the Liberals in your riding of Kanata-Carleton?

I first ran for the Liberals in the 2011 Federal election in the riding of Carleton-Mississippi Mills. I had been very disheartened with the direction that Canada was taking under the Harper government. (Read more…)

Scott's DiaTribes: The Blog Days of Summer

Yes, I’m still here.. or the blog is. I’m waiting on a couple of interview submissions to some LPC nominees/candidates that have gotten delayed… and I’m waiting on writing another blogpost for a nomination race – hopefully the end of this week.

To be honest, I can’t wait until Parliament resumes.. as there will be much more juicy material to write on. Municipal elections also come up in October- and while I don’t write on them often, I’ve reason to this time.. I’ve already mentioned I’ve endorsed a couple of candidates for city council (Dan Fox in Ward 24 and (Read more…)

Trashy's World: There are some quality candidates…

… vying for Liberal Party nominations. My political junkiness kicks into high gear usually about 12-18 months ahead of a projected election date. I love elections. And I love the processes and machinations leading up to them. Although it has been an unbelievable (literally and figuratively… which you’ll understand if you know me personally) summer, I have […]

Scott's DiaTribes: Upcoming interviews/campaign news from #LPCO, #Brant, etc

Yes, the blog has turned into a bit of an interview/campaign theme in the last bit, but that’s what happens when Parliament and the Ontario Legislature aren’t in session, and because I don’t wish to touch the Middle East Gaza morass with a 40 foot pole.

So, a couple of things in to mention:

- I will be having interviews upcoming with Kanata-Carleton Liberal nomination candidate Karen McCrimmon, as well as Brandon Sage, who is running to be the LPCO VP of Organization (upcoming meaning as soon as they get their replies to me).

- Staying on the LPCO front, (Read more…)

Scott's DiaTribes: Blog Interview with Michael Levitt – LPC candidate for York-Centre

Today, I’m publishing an interview I’ve done with Michael Levitt, who is the LPC candidate for York-Centre. This was the riding held by such Liberal stalwarts as Art Eggleton and Ken Dryden. Mr. Dryden was one of those who got swept away in the Liberal collapse in the 905 region of Ontario back in the ’11 election. It is currently held by Mark Adler for the Conservatives, and Mr. Levitt is going to be trying hard to return it to the LPC. Here are a series of questions I asked Mr. Levitt (who I had the pleasure of meeting in (Read more…)

Scott's DiaTribes: Interview with Tyler Banham – running to be LPCO President

I’ve had the chance to have an interview with Tyler, the current Executive VP of the LPCO, who recently announced he will be running for the LPCO President position. That will be voted on by delegates Sept 12-14 in Markham (the same convention will also elect LPCO VP of Communications – which Jeff Jedras is running for and who I endorsed last week)

I was curious about this position, what it entails, and why someone would want to run for it, so I asked Tyler for an interview, which he agreed to. I submitted 5 questions to him, and his (Read more…)

CuriosityCat: O Politician, behold The Shape of the Future

So, you’re a politician? You want to lead our country into a better future? You think the past cannot be relied on as an accurate predicator of the future of the country’s economy? You think the middle class deserve a better break than they’ve been given for the past decade or two? And you think Canada definitely has to move away from being simple hewers of wood and drawers of water, and move to the forefront of the next few waves of technological advances? Want some solid, take-it-to-the-bank, realistic ideas about where the most advanced economies are heading over the (Read more…)

CuriosityCat: Quebec: The separatist Premier who is committed and not committed

The Impartial Premier – Trust Me

Premier Pauline Marois believes she can have her cake and eat it, too. So she is sucking and blowing at the same time about whether a vote for her Parti Quebecois is really also a vote to start the journey to yet another referendum on independence for Quebec. It seems that she believes that if she is careful with her choice of words, she can achieve two things – square the circle, blow hot and cold, turn black into white – at the same time, without anyone noticing. Premier Marois’ Open Agenda: In today’s (Read more…) . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Quebec: The separatist Premier who is committed and not committed

CuriosityCat: Election 2015: The Crossing of the Curves

Andre Turcotte – the Curves Tracker

Sometimes a picture is really worth a thousand words, much to the consternation of the conservatives huddled in Ottawa for the annual Manning Centre rightwing navel-gazing gathering.  Pollster Turcotte presented a series of graphs showing what a poll of a thousand Canadians today think about the (Read more…) . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Election 2015: The Crossing of the Curves

Bryan Crockett: Reflections on a Year of Politics: 2013

For me as a Liberal, 2013 has been a fantastic year. The Liberal Party of Canada has truly been rebuilt, as evident by the fact that over 100 000 Canadians were engaged in the most open leadership race of any political party in Canadian history.

Our accomplishments in 2013 are vast: we elected a fantastic leader, we grew the party, and all of this rebuilding was done by the grassroots members of the party. Without them, the LPC wouldn’t have won several byelections this year, putting us in a good position for 2014, and the next general election.

But 2013 has (Read more…)

The Disaffected Lib: The Liberals’ Renaissance in Quebec.

Quebec’s federal and provincial Liberals appear to be enjoying something of a renaissance.  The Toronto Star’s Chantal Hebert figures the Trudeau Libs now give Mulcair’s New Dems’ Quebec-centric power base a serious challenge.

In an ever-expanding forest of positive polls for the Liberals, the latest CROP snapshot of Quebec public opinion stands out but not necessarily for the usual Justin Trudeau-related reasons.

…the poll suggests that Quebec is undergoing a Liberal revival, with both the federal and provincial parties in first place in voting intentions at 38 per cent.

Trudeau and Couillard are associated with a better-established brand than (Read more…)

The Disaffected Lib: Trudeau Wastes No Time in Showing His Hand

If the polls are right and Justin Trudeau’s Liberals manage to reclaim power from the Harper Cons in 2015 all signs are that Canada will continue to be governed on the principle of cynical opportunism.

The spinelessness of the Liberals in joining Harper on the undemocratic terrorism amendments and the FIPPA trade sellout to China suggests the Liberals will continue on the disastrous (for Canada) path charted by Ignatieff.

My suspicions that Justin is more Margaret than Pierre are confirmed.

Random Ranting Raving and Ratings: Torries want ability to Jail Canadians without Cause

The Senate Bill S-7 being debated at third reading today will give authorities the ability to detain people for up to 12 months even if they are not suspected of any crimes or potential crimes.  Mr. Sullivan MP for York-South Weston describes this best.

He said:

“ [The] individual is… ..

Peace, order and good government, eh?: Meet the new Libs. Same as the old Libs as far as I can tell.

With Justin Trudeau, its freshly minted leader, at the helm the renewed Liberal Party of Canada has already told me pretty much what I need to know.

Given the option of speaking out against a trade deal with China which would seriously hamper our ability to manage our own environment and economy and lock us in for 31 years, the Liberals have sided with Conservatives in support of FIPA. Apparently they think the deal can be made acceptable with some modifications. Remember Colombia?

And in other news, given the opportunity to stand up for civil liberties the Liberals were (Read more…) to remind us that it was Jean Chretien’s government that originally caved in to the panic following 9/11 and bravely implemented preventive arrest and so-called investigative hearings. So even though these measures were never used when in force and allowed to sunset five years ago, let’s, by all means, . . . → Read More: Peace, order and good government, eh?: Meet the new Libs. Same as the old Libs as far as I can tell.

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

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

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

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

somecanuckchick dot com: Coronations are not held after 104,552 votes are counted…

Coronations are not held after 104,552 votes are counted, nor are coronations held in hotel conference rooms. *COUGH*

Congratulations/Félicitations Justin Trudeau!

SCC

The Equivocator: Hard Work + Hope = Why I voted for Justin Trudeau

The leadership results are coming in the next hour. I am so proud of my party. Over 104, 000 people voted for Liberal leader which is more than voted in the last Conservative Party and NDP leadership races! So here is a quick post on why I voted for Justin Trudeau for Liberal Leader:

1. Justin can grow into the job:

Justin Trudeau has grown as a politician throughout this leadership race. In 1996 the Ontario Liberals seemed to have hit the bottom. They picked a young guy who hadn’t been in politics for too long (who also had a father

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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.

Bryan Crockett: Liberals. We’re big on policy.

This past weekend, at the Liberal Party of Canada in British Columbia policy conference, we passed many important progressive policy resolutions. Instead of doing the typical partisan thing and talking about just how great we are, I’ll highlight a few of the policies that I’m excited about.

PROTECTING THE RIGHTS OF SEX TRADE WORKERS The courts have regularly ruled that prostitution is legal. Making laws to deter prostitution does nothing to actually stop it, puts people’s lives in danger, and costs a tremendous amount to taxpayers. I’m proud that this resolution passed because it means that, upon a new Liberal

. . . → Read More: Bryan Crockett: Liberals. We’re big on policy.

The Disaffected Lib: Vancouver Islanders Have Spoken

Vancouver Island’s round of  faux public hearings into the proposed Northern Gateway bitumen pipeline have wrapped up.   The panel heard 253 presentations.

When they were done, the tally was 253 opposed edging out 0 in support of the supertanker initiative.   That’s 253 to nil.   Sort of gives you an idea of what awaits the island’s Conservative MPs in the next federal election.   Liberals need take no comfort in the Tories’ plight.  It’s a safe bet that ridings on the island and coastal mainland will be divvied up between the Greens and the NDP.

Then again,