Monday, April 11, 2005

Bits and Pieces

-Everyone should take a look at the smackdown Warren Kinsella gives the National Post back on April 9th.

-Here's the latest from the Tory Convention last weekend. Apparently, the Conservatives are are raising the age of youth to 35. Which is kind of nice since some parents and their children will be able to attend youth events together.

-Leadership was, needless to say, the hot topic at the convention. Lyle Oberg, Ed Stelmach, Gene Zwozdesky, Dave Hancock, Ted Morton, Mark Norris and Jim Dinning are all being talked about. It looks like the Gary Marr campaign is pettering out before it even begins. The safe money is still on a Dinning/Morton showdown.

-Speaking of which, Jim Dinning has launched his website.

-I may post more on this later, but after seeing this, I think Paul Martin has been handed the one issue he might be able to use in a spring election to overshadow sponsorship.


  • I think an election is where SSM belongs. With rational discussion. But, I don't think I'll get that last wish. I do want to hear Martin say "gays and lesbians ought to be able to marry", preferably with a "because" attached, but something less limp than "we have to 'cuz it's in the Charter."

    By Blogger matt, at 10:59 PM  

  • That's really what has always been so weird about the SSM debate. I've always had a sneaking suspicion that Martin secretly is against SSM and that Harper is secretly in favour of it.

    That's why an election on that issue would be very difficult for Paul I think.

    By Blogger calgarygrit, at 11:06 PM  

  • I think you're right about it coming down to a Dinning-Morton showdown in the end.

    By Blogger PR, at 11:58 PM  

  • thanks for the link CG,

    From what I hear, the Morton-Dinning showdown should be nasty.

    Morton isn't terribly charasmatic (neither is Dinning for that matter), but he is very very very ideological. Dinning seems like more of a centre-right pragmatist (he seems like one of those types that could easily change between the Federal Libs and Cons-depending on who is in power).

    By Blogger daveberta, at 12:24 AM  

  • Dinning should have his ass kicked in public AGAIN over his conduct of the Gainers Affair with Peter Pocklington. Creditors basically ran Pocklington's ass out of Edmonton, and Albertans should likewise run Dinning's ass out of the Legislature. He is utterly inept and was roundly criticized by the Judge in Queen's Bench for his behavior as Minister.

    I don't actually see any shining lights on the Tory benches, they all carry baggage that an effective campaign would pin down.

    Tories are so tired, and so old, they are just waiting to drop. Like an 800 year old man.

    By Blogger Joe Green, at 1:17 AM  

  • The writer is totally fair, and there is no question.

    By Anonymous, at 9:28 AM  

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