Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Saskatchewan Grit

For anyone who thinks the Alberta Liberal Party is in rough shape, it’s important to remember that things could be a lot worse.

Take, for example, the Saskatchewan Liberal Party. Just recently they sent out an e-mail to their members proudly announcing that…(wait for it)…


REGINA, Wednesday, June 29, 2005 The Chief Electoral Officer, Jean Ouellet, announced today that the Saskatchewan Liberal Association will keep its registered political party status in Saskatchewan.

The legal deadline for registered political parties to file their annual return of the party's receipts and expenses for the fiscal year 2004 was midnight, May 2, 2005, The fling deadline is determined by The Election Act, 1996 and an extension of the filing deadline is not possible. All registered parties in Saskatchewan, with the exception of the Saskatchewan Liberal Association, were able to meet this deadline.

Yes, it’s gotten to the point where the party is proud that them missing their filling deadline was deemed an act of incompetence rather than malfeasance. In itself, this isn’t too upsetting since they’re not exactly going to be forming government anytime soon but this is a party made up of, by and large, Ralph Goodale’s political machine. And since Ralph has been replaced by Jack Layton for all intents and purposes, it’s hard to understand how these people were too busy to meet the deadline.


  • Of course, there is the wonderful example of the Manitoba Liberal Party. The one lead by a (nice)guy who unfortunately makes rembling speeches on the human genome project. And has as its only other sitting member an illiterate malignant dwarf. (Sigh) It really does try one's patience.
    Note: These turkeys wanted to drop the "Liberal" monicker during the height of Gomery. Something about their being above the brand. God give me strength.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:50 PM  

  • I have been thinking a lot about our various parties lately, and I think (I may be wrong here) that the two traditional parties (Liberals and Conservatives) have reached their best-by date. From what I have read and what people I meet tell me (I always engage every one in political discussions), more and more people are abandoning the major parties in favour of the "smaller" ones such as the NDP and, more recently, the Green Party.

    I believe that we're witnessing interesting times, with the result being a totally changed political landscape for Canada. It might happen as early as next February or, perhaps, after the following elections, but something is definitely moving in this country.

    By Anonymous calgary observer, at 3:43 PM  

  • Well, didn't the Sask Libs lose the one seat they had in the last provincial election after their other two MLA's crossed to the ND's... pretty bad shape...

    By Blogger daveberta, at 3:51 PM  

  • Calgary Observer..don't overly excite yourself. The NDP and Green are merely parking places, handy, but not the final destination. Layton may look good in Toronto, but in the west he resembles a shill for a floating crap game. The rest of the Dipper caucus is like a bad "Animal Farm" parody, brainlessly chanting "Capitalism bad, soft Socialism good." As well you have common thugs like Pat Martin from Winnipeg Centre. Voters wouldn't trust this crew with a hotdog stand, let alone the country.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:45 PM  

  • I think the Liberals and Tories are safe. Let's face it: both parties are performing terribly and have poor leaders.

    Despite this, the NDP is still around 20% and the polls and the Greens are in the 5% range. If the NDP can't gain ground with weak competition like this, it's a sign that Canadians will NEVER let them form government or even official opposition.

    By Blogger calgarygrit, at 2:19 AM  

  • A couple of friends of mine offered to help out with the Sask Grits. Phoned and e-mailed a couple of times. Nothing. The story is fairly common. David Karwacki can excite some people with his ideas but the organization is so bad, the party keeps shooting itself in the head. Now the Sask Party has a young, energetic, centrist leader who seems to understand the issues of the poor better than the NDP and the Libs, the Grits are in big trouble in Saskatchewan.

    By Blogger Jordon, at 12:19 PM  

  • Yes, the Sask. Liberals did lose their only seat in the last provincial election. In fact, everybody elected as a Liberal in 1999 was defeated in 2003, including the two that switched to the NDs.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:11 AM  

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