Guest Post by Zack Siezmagraff
I am confident that the LPC convention this past weekend, which I attended as a delegate and past candidate for AB-Yellowhead , is an event that I will look back at in 50 years and tell people, “I was there”.
For those of you who pithily pontificate that the Liberal Party does not fully comprehend the gravity and seriousness of its situation following the 2011 election – we know. Lord in heaven, do we know. As I chatted and dialogued with over 3,200 fellow Liberals in Ottawa, I found unimaginable optimism. With the Harper
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Nokha Dakrou (Delegate Mississauga-East Cooksville.)
The convention that took place this past weekend felt like a much-needed family reunion after a period of mourning and grief. With 3200 delegates present, it was more than I had even hoped for or anticipated. It was difficult to find people amongst the crowds, hard to find a seat in any of the sessions, the voting line was extremely long, and I couldn’t have been happier! After months of hearing and heading the Liberal Party’s obituaries, we were finally in a building where the future of the party, the youth, were present and
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Looking back on my three days in Ottawa for the 2012 Liberal Party of Canada biennial convention it’s impossible to craft one clear narrative – did delegates embrace bold change or put their faith in the status quo – because the evidence is highly contradictory. And that, I suppose, is typically Liberal: hard to and pin down and define clearly.
On the hopey-changey side, delegates elected as president a candidate who promised a “bold new red,” Mike Crawley, over a veteran party stalwart of the 1980s and 1990s, Sheila Copps. For the first time in Canada a political
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Stage in Canada Hall at the Liberal Biennial Convention.
Canada’s die-hard Liberals are wrapping up their Biennial Convention in Ottawa this afternoon. It has been an enthusiastic affair, despite the fact that it is not a leadership convention. (Although the Liberals have had enough of those in the past decade to last a generation.)
Turnout has been much larger than anticipated which everyone takes as a welcome sign of the party’s future prospects, especially when you factor in that by most accounts, over 1/3 of the delegates are likely under 26. So interim leader Bob Rae was not far
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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 this vote and the impressive field of candidates, I didn’t rush into a decision, and I encourage any undecided delegates out there to do their research before voting. Read pamphlets, e-mail the candidates, and talk to them at convention. Ask them tough questions, and press
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Context: I don’t like to think of this blog as existing in a vacuum. You may not be aware of it but I am also an avid user of the twitter and the facebook (my twitter feed is there on the right side of my blog btw.) On twitter (you can follow me at @Uranowski) whenever I notice someone being awesome I like to give them a “You go girl!” It is a friendly, 1990sesque way to acknowledge a job well done. Anyone, man, woman, child, or particularly heroic animal, can receive one. However, last year, I
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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 says he is committed to the rules as they were stated by the National Executive back in May when he was chosen as the interim successor to Iggy. And you know what, I believe that if those rules were in place after the
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Having already profiled Alexandra Mendes, my tour of LPC presidential candidates turns next to Sheila Copps.
Who is Sheila Copps?
I suspect everyone going to the convention is familiar with Sheila Copps. If you’re under 30, you probably remember her as the highest profile casualty of the Martin-Chretien wars, when she lost a nomination battle to Tony Valeri in 2004. If you’re in your 30s or 40s, what stands out most is her time in government – most notably as Deputy PM. Older Liberals will remember her time as a feisty “rat pack” member on the opposition benches, or
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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. Before that we were in power, so no one really cared who the party president was, perhaps explaining how Stephen LeDrew found himself holding that office.
But this year, there’s a veritable buzz in Liberal circles about the contest. Maybe it’s because Liberals have bought
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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 take any notes so I’m going on recollection; blogging compadre BigCityLib also shared his thoughts yesterday. I thought it was a great event, and it helped me make my decision on whom I’ll be supporting in this race, which I believe is an important
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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 a Liberal scarf.
Since the 2011 election, there has been a lot of talk about the “Liberal brand” but unlike the Conservative party we don’t treat said “brand” seriously enough to take advantage of the merchandising opportunities the 144 years of Liberal Party history
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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 association. The first was attended by all four candidates and the second was between three (Alexandra Mendès could not attend.) Here is a brief summary/report card on each candidate for the two debates.
Telephone Debate Hosted by Liberals Rebuilding the Liberal Party:
. . . → Read More: The Equivocator: Liberal Party of Canada Presidential Candidates’ Debate Report Card – Nov. 22/23
A few moments later, Megan Leslie rose and wondered if the Natural Resources Minister might devise a sustainable plan for the country’s natural resources. Mr. Oliver was obviously quite eager for the opportunity to grouse.
“Mr. Speaker, in a torturous scrum yesterday, the NDP environment critic twisted herself into a pretzel of contradiction and bizarre ideas,” he growled. He ventured that, so
…Redshirt, whilst pretending to honor him. Just shows how the MSM will attempt to hobble any leadership bid by the former Ontario Premier. This award is the equivalent of being voted most polite barbarian; the signal sent is that you’re not long for politics. I pray that Mr. Rae can recover.
And, hopefully, if Sheila gets in as party prez, she can teach him to orate a bit less and lash
Steve and Jeff are upset with Shelia Copps remarks yesterday re democracy in the LPoC and the possible permanent leadership aspirations of currently interim leader Bob Rae. They get hives at the very thought of Rae as permanent head, I suppose; … . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: The Bob And Sheila Show
I haven’t picked a horse in the race for LPC President, but Sheila Copps is certainly the candidate I’m most familiar with – I was, after all, one of a very very small number of Copps delegates at the 2003 Liberal Leadership Convention.And while I like… . . . → Read More: CalgaryGrit: Copps’ Laws
I should really turn off Twitter when I’m on the phone at work, because when I scanned my feed during a down moment in a conference call this afternoon and saw this story, I nearly let slip a stream of unparliamentary language that would have greatly c… . . . → Read More: A BCer in Toronto: Why Sheila Copps nearly made me scream at work
Sheila, obviously. I have always been a huge fan. And I think the party could use an injection of the kind of spine she and her fellow rat-packers provided back in the day. Bob Rae is a fine orator and a good leader (interim or otherwise), but ru… . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: Who Should Train The Rat Pack Of Tommorow?
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Not surprisingly, plenty in the Canadian media have responded to the NDP’s first big news of the summer with all kinds of discussion as to where the party will go next. But let’s take a quick look at some of the particularly noteworthy coverage.Sheila … . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: NDP Next Steps Roundup
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Unlike fellow Liblogger Far and Wide, I happen to believe that the news of Sheila Copps possible entrance into the race for Liberal Party president is nothing but good news, one that we as a party can benefit from in the long-term and we should be enco… . . . → Read More: Blunt Objects: Arguing For Copps