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Monday, October 23, 2006

The Nation Question

Are we willing to divide the Liberal Party to win ten more seats in Quebec?

I hope not, it will only need to ruin of the party and the country.

Is Gerard Kennedy the only adult left in the race?

I must say, the reactions of many camps, to the actions of their leaders on Saturday is quite distressing.

Arguments have went such as this: Ignatieff isn't attacking Gerard therefore Ignatieff is courting Gerard. Ignatieff and Gerard won't add up to more than 50% on the first ballot therefore Rae will win. (Ignoring the fact that Rae plus Dion won't be more than 50% either, and that Gerard and Dion still can win)

This backroom analysis, inside baseball, is not healthy for the party to play out in the open. Our harsh personal attacks now, stick in the media, and are preserved for posterity on the internet.

When it comes time to deal on the convention floor, deal by all means. Fight by all means, yell, scream, laugh, cry.

Calling someone on their record directly, and giving them a chance to respond is not a personal attack. Not giving them a chance to respond, while mischaracterizing their record is a personal attack.

Sunday, October 22, 2006

NO Policy During Leadership!

There should be no official policy resolutions during leadership. They will inevitably end up being used as devices to fight between camps of the leadership contenders on the policy floor. We see this today with this: Federal Liberals' Quebec wing passes motion calling Quebec a nation

I believe leadership is a time for leaders. We do not need to fight out our policy wars with fratricide type battles between leaders' camps.

It is safe to assume, that since our leadership candidates have put forth concrete policy proposals, that upon election of a leader that their proposals have the defacto consent of the majority of party members, replacing the policies passed mere days before.

So what role does policy play during a leadership campaign except being a pissing contest between camps? None.

The national executive should have delayed the policy portion of the biennial a year, while keeping the constitutional portion at leadership for renewal purposes.

Sunday, October 08, 2006

You have to see it to believe it

Steven Harper kills Andre Boisclair using some memorable movie lines- (in french)

This is just, the most hilarious thing I have ever seen!

Monday, October 02, 2006

Call for drop outs

Today, I am calling for everyone but Ignatieff, Rae, and Dion to drop out.

Your not adding anything to the race, you are in fact subtraction by addition.