CalgaryGrit: The Presidential Election

For somewhat inexplicable reasons, the race for Liberal Party president has been generating more ink in recent weeks than the race for leader of the opposition. And if you’re going to this weekend’s convention in Ottawa, you’re probably getting 5 or 6 calls a day from candidates asking for your support. Given the importance of ...

Blunt Objects: Bob Rae and "Iffy Questions"

I can’t believe that anyone fell for it when he said he wasn’t going to run, and now its come back pretty definitively in this Globe article: “Now you’re asking what President [Franklin] Roosevelt used to call iffy questions,” said Mr. Rae at a news conference Friday. “And I don’t answer iffy questions.” Granted, he ...

CalgaryGrit: Meet Ron Hartling

After hearing from Alexandra Mendes and Sheila Copps last week, my tour of LPC Presidential candidates lands on Ron Hartling today. Who is Ron Hartling? Ron is the former riding president in Kingston and the Islands, one of the few bright spots for the Liberals on May 2nd. Outside of politics, he’s a former diplomat ...

CalgaryGrit: Preliminary Thoughts on the LPC Presidential Race

Elections for Liberal Party President have tended to be mundane affairs in recent years. In 2008, Alf Apps was the only candidate – either because the powers-that-be made it known he would win, or because everyone else was too lazy to run. In 2006, the presidency was overshadowed by the excitement of the leadership race. ...

A BCer in Toronto: Meeting the LPC presidential candidates, and why I like Mike

The Edward Blake Society, a group of Toronto-area no longer young except at heart Liberal professionals, hosted four of the five candidates for the Liberal Party of Canada presidency on Monday in Toronto (Charles Ward couldn’t make it) and around 100 Liberals packed the Pauper’s Pub to hear what they had to say. I didn’t ...

The Equivocator: Liberal Merchandise: Branding the Brand

Back in 2009 I got an e-mail that made me very happy then very sad. The e-mail, from Michael Ignatieff, told me that I could get a Liberal branded scarf. Unfortunately, to get the scarf I would have to donate $100.  Now, I can’t afford a $100 donation so to this day I don’t have ...

The Equivocator: Liberal Party of Canada Presidential Candidates’ Debate Report Card – Nov. 22/23

On November 22nd and 23rd I listened to/attended two debates of the four candidates currently running to be President of the Liberal Party of Canada. The first was a phone debate run by the excellent facebook group Liberals Rebuilding the Liberal Party (moderated by Gerard Kennedy) the second was held by the Ajax-Pickering Liberals riding ...

A BCer in Toronto: What I’m looking for in a Liberal Party of Canada president

A key part of the Liberal Party of Canada’s reform process will be electing the next national executive at the biennial convention in January, and I’m glad to see we have four capable candidates seeking the position of president: Sheila Copps, Mike Crawley, Ron Hartling and Alexandra Mendes. I’m looking forward to hopefully getting a ...

A BCer in Toronto: We need generational change in the Liberal Party

There have been a few articles recently about the emerging race for the presidency of the Liberal Party of Canada. A number of interesting names have emerged, from party veterans like Sheila Copps, recently former MPs like Siobhan Coady and Mark Holland, and veteran riding organizers like Ron Hartling. I think it’s a positive such ...

CalgaryGrit: Exciting Race Brewing for LPC Presidency

Given the challenges facing the Liberal Party, January’s national executive elections could very well be the most important in the party’s history. And the way it’s going, it looks like there will be more star power in the race for LPC president than in the race for LPC leader. Party veterans vie for Liberal presidencyBy ...