Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Draft Hellyer - Day 5

The movement is gathering steam!

On Thursday I brought the "Draft Hellyer" movement to light, and a mere four days later, Frank McKenna dropped out of the race. Today, Brian Tobin packed it in. Coincidence? Or are they afraid?

Now, it comes to my attention, that a blog has been started up to champion the campaign. I encourage everyone to visit Hellyer For Liberal Leader. And vote on your favourite slogan, while you're there.


  • what about David McGuinty

    Do you see him as a serious candidate?

    By Anonymous Dave, at 12:23 AM  

  • David McGuinty? Uhh...I'd be shocked.

    By Blogger calgarygrit, at 12:27 AM  

  • You guys need to get someone to declare they're running soon...or else the dominant storyline is going to become that no one wants to take over the Liberal leadership.

    By Anonymous matthew, at 12:27 AM  

  • CG,

    The story can be true based on the arguements presented. He is young, left leaning and has the backing of his brother. He can be groomed for the next one and he stands a better chance than many others like Rae, Belinda.

    By Anonymous Dave, at 12:56 AM  

  • Yeah, I could see him running to make a name for himself and to try and get into (shadow) Cabinet.

    Still, I think if you want a young, left leaning Ontario candidate, Gerard is the better bet (if he runs, of course).

    I just haven't heard McGuinty mentioned anywhere outside of Vijay's blog.

    By Blogger calgarygrit, at 1:13 AM  

  • By Anonymous Chris from Victoria, BC, at 5:49 AM  

  • forget hellyer...

    i want daniel cook.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:31 AM  

  • CG, your joking right? This is the guy who believes in UFO's? Not that they might not exist, but I don't want to even begin to think of the attack ad's.

    "I believe that UFOs are real," Mr. Hellyer, who who was second to Pierre Trudeau on the first ballot at the 1968 Liberal leadership convention, told the Canadian Press recently. Later this week, he will speak at a convention of UFO enthusiasts in Toronto. "I'll talk about that a little bit and a bit about the fantastic coverup of the United States government and also a little bit of the fallout from the wreckage."

    Mr. Hellyer is claiming the United States Government is covering up a UFO crash in Roswell in 1947.

    A US Government Cover-up


    In Roswell

    We are not making this up.


    By Blogger Joe Calgary, at 11:12 AM  


    You're all missing the most perect candidate to lead the liberals. My nominee is from the west - Alberta no less! He has tasted both stunning victory and defeat. He has experience at the highest level and actively campaigned for the liberals in Alberta in 2004 before stealthfully drifting away into the woodwork awaiting this very opportunity.

    Scroll down for the sleeper candidate for the job to lead the liberals...

    It's genius I tell you..

    Scroll a wee bit more...

    Unfortunately he's not so good at math...

    Say hello to future liberal leader...


    By Anonymous Dr. Strangelove, at 11:59 AM  

  • Let's see, what do we have...hmm

    Paul Hellyer...and merry band of Marsians
    Belinda...and her merry band of Megna money
    Allen...and his merry legacy of the gun registry
    Scott...and his merry band of opportunists

    CG it looks like Hellyer has a great chance.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:08 PM  

  • On a more serious note, questions ought to be asked why those who served under Chretien or someone like McKenna wanted no part of the gLib leadership race.

    Here's a few thoughts:

    1. They all seem to sense or know that many additional ugly details about adscam and the Chretien years have yet to be outed--and fear that many such truths will emerge over the next year...with a little help from Chuck Guite, the Harper gov't, the NDP and the bloc.

    2. The gLibs are in a distressing state of financial & organisational disarray with no deus ex machina fairy godmother or business community big bucks on the horizon.

    3. No matter who struggles to get anointed as gLib leader s/he can count on being leader of the opposition for several years.

    4. Harper will win the next election, whether the gLibs have an interim leader in place for an unexpected quickie or a new leader still trying to rebuild from scratch.

    5. The most appropriate new gLib leader will be someone who can be counted on to be a strong, willing, energetic and capable leader of his majesty's loyal opposition--someone who can be expected to keep the Harperites' feet to the fire on various regional and ideological grindstone issues while assuring the Glib party hues to the left on social, labour, economic and environmental issues.

    6. It may well be that the next gLib leader will be a sacrificial role player keeping the seat warm for a popular successor.

    7. Given the above described circumstances, then ex-sociology prof. Stephane Dion or former NDP prodigy Iggy Bob Rae would be very compelling gLib leadership candidates.

    By Anonymous Scott Disher aka MoDuv, at 1:20 PM  

  • I think Belinda would be perfect for the role of "Fallgirl" for the Libs... We can keep our record going then. First Kim Campbell, next Bullinda.

    By Blogger Joe Calgary, at 2:05 PM  

  • Scott,

    I think there is merit in what you have said.

    Any long time cabinet minister or higher profile Liberal will have friends who will tell them where the landmines are.

    Lawsuits against the government are a factor.

    The Gomery report 2 states it is "top civil servants" who are to blame. This will likely help the new Conservative government with top bureaucrats either leaving, or becoming far less supportive of their former bosses.

    Regardless, the less than excited leaps of courage expressed by Liberals is an indication of how far the Liberals have fallen, and so fast.

    Only in Canada would a government appoint an investigative committee but preclude the head of that committee from pointing fingers at the individuals.

    Now, Gomery 2 only opens the door to far wider finger pointing.

    Bureaucrats to survive will toss others into the soup.

    Some will place blame on their former Ministers in the Liberal government.


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