“I want to put something on the table: Is Ontario ready for a gay premier? You’ve heard that question. You’ve all heard that question but let’s say what that actually means: Can a gay woman win? That’s what it means. So, not surprisingly, I have an answer to that question. When I ran in . . . → Read More: The Equivocator: Kathleen Wynne’s Speech & Some Thoughts on the 2013 OLP Leadership Convention
This is some swirling stories right now going on that Hoskins was supposed to give Sandra Pupatello his support this past weekend, described here in the Globe and Mail. I look forward to the tell-all book from Eric on this, but until then, we get this story that does no favours for Liberal unity.
. . . → Read More: Blunt Objects Blog: Could Pupatello Have Won?
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, . . . → Read More: Ontario Liberal leadership: on the numbers
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 . . . → Read More: Calgary Grit: Convention Math
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, . . . → Read More: A BCer in Toronto: Day 2 a Wynning day at #olpldr
I’ll post a recap of the weekend that was and thoughts on the road ahead tomorrow, but for now let me take a moment to congratulate Kathleen Wynne on her well deserved victory. She’s a likable candidate with an impressive record who ran a great campaign, and I was proud to vote for Ontario’s . . . → Read More: Calgary Grit: #Wynning
Convention was crazy. I know I said I would liveblog when I could, but it all just went too fast. Sitting down and writing in the face of all that awesome was just not going to happen.
It was amazing fun. I met a boy. We elected a leader who I think stands a . . . → Read More: Valerie Burns: Kathleen FTW
Here are a few photos from the January 25, 2013 protest against the incompetent, unethical, non-progressive Ontario Liberal Party, outside their leadership convention in downtown Toronto.
Hopefully our new temporary premier, Kathleen Wynne, will admit to the many mistakes that she and the . . . → Read More: The Ranting Canadian: Here are a few photos from the January 25, 2013 protest against…
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.
How Wynne Just Lost My Support Jade Hip Hop Academy Opening Harinder Takhar is No Canadian Obama, but . . . → Read More: Toronto Lawyer | Omar Ha-Redeye, J.D. » Politics: 2013 Ontario Liberal Party Leadership
I wrote a blog entry for Huffington Post two days before the Ontario Liberal Party delegate election meetings titled ‘Kathleen Wynne for the Ontario Liberal Leadership Win?‘. I summarized the reasons I thought Kathleen Wynne was best positioned among the six remaining candidates to win the Liberal Leadership. This isn’t and wasn’t an endorsement, but . . . → Read More: John Laforet: My Thoughts On Kathleen Wynne Being Elected Leader of the Ontario Liberal Party
5 years ago, the Democratic Party made history by picking an African-American as their Presidential nominee, and the American people made history by electing him their first African-American president. It is no hyperbole to say that tonight, Ontario Liberals made their own bit of history by a) choosing a woman Premier, and b) choosing . . . → Read More: Scott’s DiaTribes: Double history is made with Wynne winning #olpldr
I’ve been at the convention going on 12 hours – tired feet, hungry, etc. – but no one’s going home yet.
After the second ballot results were announced, in which Sandra’s lead began to widen, a couple of surprising events happened.
Sousa went to Wynne, without discussing it with his supporters first. Many . . . → Read More: LisaKirbie.com: Convention floor update
We’re in the middle of a lull while we await 2nd round results for the OLP Leadership Convention. The two front runners are neck and neck (Wynne and Pupatello), with Eric Hoskins having declared for Wynne and Takar Harinder having moved to Pupatello (despite not actually dropping off the 2nd ballot in time).
That . . . → Read More: Scott’s DiaTribes: A brief… LULL #olpldr
Eric Hoskins went to Kathleen Wynne. Many of Eric’s delegates came to Sandra – I helped greet them – and were happy to be there!
Minutes later, Harinder Takhar moved his team to Sandra Pupatello. I’m told Harinder missed, by a single minute, the deadline to take his name of his ballot. He decided to . . . → Read More: LisaKirbie.com: Convention floor update
Team Wynne, for the last several days, has been insisting at every opportunity that she should be Premier because she a) has a seat and b) would reopen the Legislature right away.
Guess what? Delegates are smart enough to see past this tactic.
. . . → Read More: LisaKirbie.com: From the Windsor Star: Delegates looking long term
Political conventions tend to bring out the best of its party members – renewal, camaraderie, etc. But some of the worst, too.
Like what happened last night.
You may know there was a huge 80 vehicle pile up on the 401 late yesterday afternoon. Many people were stuck in it, including my friends, . . . → Read More: LisaKirbie.com: The best of times, the worst of times, etc
I’m about to head off to the train station to catch my ride back into the Ontario Liberal Leadership Convention, and my first musing of the day (on my blog anyhow) is pondering when we might have a declared winner.
I was talking informally with some of the candidates campaign teams who I know, . . . → Read More: Scott’s DiaTribes: Bets on when the #olpldr Convention will declare a winner?
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 . . . → Read More: A BCer in Toronto: Day 1 is for Dalton at #olpldr
“Ontario Liberals: No poll bounce for Grits after leadership campaign.” This one shows Pupatello and Wynne and Kennedy in the same ballpark percentages, give or take a few more for Kennedy given his profile, going into tomorrow’s voting. No gaps that would give any one of them a noticeable advantage. So, not helping.
Besides, . . . → Read More: Impolitical: A poll that will make little difference #olpldr
Well since I’m here on the blog dime, I best say something about the big event of the night. Dalton McGuinty’s sign-off speech is what everyone was here for. The main event before everyone piles out of here and heads off to hospitality suites where delegates will be wooed in this last of a kind . . . → Read More: Impolitical: Dalton McGuinty farewell speech
Today was mostly about registering delegates and getting everyone organized. The vast majority of the time was the tribute to outgoing premier, Dalton McGuinty. Premier McGuinty thanked his family, his mother – and regretted that his father could not see him enter public life.
Tomorrow, I rejoin the blogging crew and bring you coverage of . . . → Read More: The Progressive Right: Day One Over #olpldr
Very pleased to see Dalton McGuinty’s speech tonight at the OLP convention reflecting on the numerous accomplishments since 2003!
Looks like they’ve manage to pull in a few 100 protesters. On another note, it looks like some delegates were caught behind that pileup on the 401 and I think the party has decided to extend the hours for casting the first ballot. Interesting what it might portend if this makes the delegate composition on the . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: Teachers’ Protest And OLPLDR Notes
Sometimes there are no words.