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 an openly gay woman as Premier.
It will only be historic in the same vein as Barack Obama if the people of Ontario elect her back to the Premiership when the next election comes up. That will not be easy; I feel the hard part is
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 leaves Sousa, Kennedy, Wynne and Pupatello. I’ve heard several people in the political and media arena now say they dont think it will go beyond 3 ballots.. meaning they think both Sousa and Kennedy will drop off and we may have a result by 7 pm
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, and they informally predicted a long day. One said midnight; another just said “late”. At the beginning of this, we were told to prepare for a Convention still being in session on Sunday (which is why I bought a train ticket tomorrow; if there isn’t one,
In brief, since I’m typing on a Via Rail train headed home (back tomorrow AM for 2nd round voting):
-Wynne’s team is very media-savvy; five different volunteers spotted my “media/blogger badge” and handed me her media guide (I have 5 of them, + a button).
- Kennedy was next most prominent with his team.. we spotted him a couple of times in the AM checking things out with his team and delegates. Also, a thumbs up to one of his media relations folks Denise Brundson, (who I know from her federal associations and also when she blogged) for inviting me
So I’m in Toronto at Maple Leafs Gardens, (or at Mickey Flynn’s eating lunch at the moment using the free wi-fi)vwith Jim Calder of The Progressive Right. Seen a few friends and acquaintances here, and the Bloggers Table Vantage Point is pretty sweet.
We’ve seen a Kathleen Wynne press conference here in the foyer; where she interestingly made the point she doesnt have to have a by-election; she’s already elected as an MPP, and she will reconvene the Legislature Fe 19, so she obviously thinks that’s a big issue, trying to distinguish herself from Pupatello
Outside, we have some protesters
A reminder to those who blog (of any political persuasion): today is the last day for you to send in your application to the Ontario Liberal Party to be accredited to cover their Leadership Convention next week. I understand they’ll be letting folks know that they’ve been accepted by Wed the 23rd. (Convention starts on Friday).
A Draft agenda of the OLP Convention is here (and there is no Sunday schedule on it, because they obviously won’t know until later Saturday whether they need to do voting or otherwise on Sunday)
Looking forward to seeing fellow bloggers and party acquaintances
I’m glad to see the money I spent on VIA Rail tickets was not in vain (of course, they have to accept my application as well).
If you’re a blogger – of any political stripe or non-partisan for that matter – send in your application. Your point of contact for this will be Bradley Hammond (email: email@example.com) to ask questions, etc. He will also be the liason for bloggers at the convention.
I spoke with him on the phone today and I’m encouraged but what I heard. I’m a little concerned that there may not be as many
This took longer then I thought it would initially, but Mr. Kennedy and his team have sent through their response to my 5 questions about his wanting to be Ontario Liberal leader/Premier. I thank them for sending it in. As with the others (Pupatello, Sousa, Wynne, and Hoskins), all answers are his.
I will say that there only remains one outstanding candidate, Harinder Takar (since Murray dropped out), and I’d not known who to reach to send him these questions. He did start following me on Twitter, and I did send him a Twitter msg asking if he’d like to
A couple of items that have caught my attention:
- There has been a rising chorus of folks that have been allied with Chief Teresa Spence publicly saying that they feel she should end her hunger strike; Those now include Grand Chief Matthew Coon Come (he of the Cree in Northern Quebec that took on the Quebec government over hydroelectric development), noted NDP commentator, Gerry Caplan, and now Leader of the Opposition/NDP leader Thomas Mulcair. I agree with these calls, even as I am in sympathy with her. She may not have had the PM and the Governor-General in the
I spoke with Christine McMillan by phone today, and I have some more information from her regarding the accreditation process:
- The blogger accreditation form will be up at the main website of the OLP soon (as soon as things settle down there re the weekend events). They will announce when it is up on their Twitter account (@OntLiberal), and probably a website release (and I think she will be firing off an email to me as well, so I can relay it).
- She did not have a number for me as to how many bloggers they are going
I had an email conversation with Christine Mcmillan, the Secretary General of the upcoming OLP Leadership and the VP of Communications for OLP. She’s given more details on blogging accreditation to the OLP, which I discuss at my own blog here. Basically, bloggers will not be charged anything to cover the convention, we’ll have our own space there at the concourse to cover it, and there should be an application form at their OLP site shortly, which we will update everyone on. I’ll be speaking with her some more for additional details, and post it as necessary for those interested in applying for accreditation. (Convention is from Jan 25-27 at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto)
I received an email this evening from Christine McMillan. She is the Secretary General of the upcoming OLP Leadership and the VP of Communications for OLP. She has sent me more details about blogger accreditation to the OLP, and its all very good. I wanted to repost her email word for word, but as I dont have her permission yet to do that (she’s not responded to my request), I’ll paraphrase what she said, as I know lots of bloggers are wondering, judging from the communications I’ve been getting:
- The OLP will have a dedicated space for the accredited
After some persistent inquiries, it was announced over the Ontario Liberal Party’s twitter account (@OntLiberal) that they would be accrediting bloggers for the Leadership Convention – which is from Jan 25- 27. We’ve not had much else in the line of details (what is the process of applying, will bloggers/social media/new media have their own area to observe/blog from, who do we pick up accreditation from, will there be Wi-Fi, etc), so keep your eyes open here for additional news, or monitor the OLP’s twitter account and/or press releases for additional info from them, or feel free to send questions in to the Twitter account and see if they’ll respond. They’re likely very busy though, so don’t be surprised if they don’t give a direct reply immediately.
This was just tweeted on the Ontario Liberal Party Twitter account;
Great news obviously. Also obviously, we will need more details on the process involved in applying for accreditation, what accreditation gives us, who our contact person will be for this, and at the OLP Convention, etc. but I am pleased to see this is the decision.
I’m still away on Christmas/New Years vacation, hence my absence from here… so Happy New Year to everyone.
Secondly, just a little update on the Ontario Liberal Leadership convention and whether or not they will be accrediting bloggers to cover the convention as social/new media. Nothing official has come yet either way. I would send a friendly sugggestion to those at the OLP organizing this that they should be making a decision sooner rather then later, and if your decision is to have bloggers attending to cover you as new media/social media journalists, you need to set some time for
We had some downtime here due to a server upgrade last evening and this am, but I’m back now.
Some brief news on the Ontario Liberal leadership convention. I again sent out an inquiry to some of my OLP contacts asking if they’d heard yet whether the party would be accrediting and accepting bloggers there to cover the convention or not.. and still no decision been made; either they’re unsure about letting us rabble in, or they have other bigger stuff on their plate that they need to get out of the way.
Either way.. I was told they would