The inestimable Jeff Jedras (who is sitting next to me) said Sandra Pupatello sounds a bit like the gal from Fargo, and there is some truth to that in her small-town accent. “What you see is what you get” seems a key part of her message, and what you see is a big personality with . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: Sandra Pupatello Pitch Speech
Gerard Kennedy is, beyond all else, a gorgeous specimen.
His speech this morning was all about “doing politics differently”. It was, however, a pretty standard issue “doing politics differently” speech. A “new day”; “it starts now”; “nobody left behind” and so forth. I suppose you are supposed to hear echoes of other great progressive . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: Gerard Kennedy Pitch Speech
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
Unfortunately, I’m having troubles emailing pictures from my new tablet (piece of crap just like old tablet, as it happens) to my netbook, but Jeff posted one. The race horse farmers are here protesting the end of the Slots at Racetracks Initiative. I counted about 20 to 30. Not that many, and remember: when they . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: A Quick Note On First Batch Of OLPLDR Protesters
A couple of flubs-ups from the Wynne campaign in the last 48 hours or so. Here a letter from her team identifying a supporter of hers as Muslim, who is not; here a letter in Punjabi sent to a delegate, (I think she is a delegate) who speaks no Punjabi. Both of these people presumably . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: Tough Day For Team Wynne
The NDP has done well wielding the balance of power over the past year, and seems disinclined to lose its leverage by triggering an early election. Horwath has hinted that she is in no hurry to bring down the Liberals and will try again to make minority government work. Hudak’s Tories remain mired in debt . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: Don’t Bet On A (n Ontario) Spring Election, Part Duh
…but this proposal [of Gerard’s] is something that is absolutely necessary for the Ontario Liberal Party going forward:
4. Support for one member one vote leadership races in the future (possibly using the federal “supporter” system).
OK. The supporter system is still a bad idea, for various reasons. But moving beyond delegated conventions is something . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: I Wouldn’t Support Gerard Kennedy For Ontario Liberal Leader If You Threatened To Club Me With A Dead Walrus
Somewhere in Liberal Land someone is thinking–its only Tim Hudak. And I bet Andrea Horwath’s recent comments about avoiding an early election are the result of looking at similar polls. Pick the right gal to lead the OLP and this province could see a couple of fruitful years of minority government.
Frankly, everyone in the OLP’s leadership race ought to get behind the idea of abandoning delegated conventions, because:
“Liberals from everywhere in Ontario should be able to participate fully in all aspects of leadership selection — not just those who are able to serve as delegates and can afford the trip to the convention…”
Exactly: I paid for . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: Glen Murray’s Good Idea
..your robocall seems a bit glitchy. The soundtrack restarts at about the 7 second mark. Please fix. Otherwise nice. Glad to promote your website.
Scott’s been doing God’s work asking the Ontario Liberals how they will be treating bloggers during the upcoming leadership convention. And here’s my suggestion: gong-show that it degenerated into aside, the recent federal NDP conventi… . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: Scott Tribe On Ontario Liberal Leadership Convention
At this point, I like the plain-speaking Sandra Pupatello for the job, and I’m guessing she’s entering the race as the favourite. Should she win, she would, of course, make history as Ontario’s first female premier. I am somewhat perplexed, howev… . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: The Thing With Sandra Pupatello Is:
You can’t go from being a hair-guy to being a substance guy. It just doesn’t work like that. In fact, it works just the opposite. You go from being a hair-guy to being a hair-guy with hardly any hair that talks on and on until people pass out. There’s no escaping this trap. Gerard . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: Gerard Kennedy Cannot Claim OLP Leadership Until He Reclaims Leadership Of Own Hair
Are there going to be any? I’m told that the big do will be held at Maple Leaf Gardens, the site of so many glorious victories these last years. One rumor says it will be an old fashioned delegated convention. Another says the potentials will just get drunk and draw straws.
In any case, the federal . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: Opportunities For Blogging At Ontario Liberal Leadership Convention?