Thursday, March 02, 2006

Dion Comes West

Stephane Dion will be making his mandatory pre-leadership West Coast swing this week. Saturday, he's hosting a reception in BC.

And I have it on very good authority that he'll be in Calgary on Tuesday. Among the items on his itinerary is an intimate lunch with several prominent Liberals in the city.

Update: Dion will be at the Calgary Centre AGM on Tuesday evening for any Liberals who want to get a look at him.


  • Are you one of those prominant Alberta Liberals and if not I demand that you be included!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:06 a.m.  

  • Oh man, thats sweet. He is one of the Liberals that I want to see in power. Do you know if he is going to e-town and if so when??

    By Blogger Unknown, at 12:35 a.m.  

  • With all these Christy Clark hosted functions going on, does that mean she is off the list?

    By Blogger bza, at 3:17 a.m.  

  • Personally, I'd rather see Belinda as next leader. There is a certain freshness about her. But Dion is not bad either. He seems like an honest and likeable albeit a bit dull guy...

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:55 a.m.  

  • To be honest, I'm not a Liberal supporter, but Dion is one of the few guys that might make me consider supporting the Liberals.

    I have a good deal of respect for Dion and his abilities. But I find it highly unlikely that he will win the leadership.

    As for the rest of the bunch, from Bob Rae to Belinda I don't have an ounch of respect for them.

    By Blogger Eric, at 8:30 a.m.  

  • This good news. He and Ignatieff make a very good intellectual pair!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:10 a.m.  

  • Dion is doing Brison a huge favour here, his earlier reception with Marrisen and Clark had many saying that he was the annoying aftershock to Paul Martin's earthquake.

    By making good on their promise to host other contenders so soon, Clark and Marrisen take a bit of the 'Martin taint' off Brison. Especially because they're hosting someone who remains surprisingly free of that taint.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:18 a.m.  

  • It is very clear at this point that it is Team Brison/Martin. The Martin people are setting up Dion to screw him later. I am starting to wonder if they have been working this almost since Brison came over. This is too bad, Dion is a good man and brings a lot to the race, I am not per se supporting him but I would be proud of a party that had him as a leader. Dion deserves better then being set up by "The Board" to help Brison.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:52 a.m.  

  • Prominent Liberals in Calgary?

    By Blogger Tarkwell Robotico, at 11:03 a.m.  

  • A lot of the Martin crowd also seem to be leaping into bed with Belinda.

    I think her and Brison will each get a fair amount of the old Paul Kool-Aid drinkers. reason enough to avoid both of those candidates like the plauge.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:43 a.m.  

  • If Clark and Marrisen are hosting Dion he can kiss his chances good-bye. Those two are so clever they out-wit themselves regulalry.

    By Blogger except for one thing..., at 12:40 p.m.  

  • What Canuckle said...

    By Blogger Joe Calgary, at 1:21 p.m.  

  • Oh, I just figured it out, what Calgary Grit meant by "prominent Liberals in Calgary" was "Joe Clark".

    By Blogger Tarkwell Robotico, at 1:39 p.m.  

  • Forget meeting with "prominant Liberals" and meet with regular Liberal members instead. The "prominant Liberals" have gotten the Liberal Party where it is today. We need to get rid of all the former "prominant Liberals" and get some new ones in with fresh ideas.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:48 p.m.  

  • Alone in Macleod, do not dispair. Bobbi Ethier and the Liberal PArty's version of the truth and reconciliation commission will be along soon. Hopefully, this project will go some way to repair the poison and damged caused in the last 2, 4,6,or 12 years, depending who you are and when you first got whammied and by whom.

    By Blogger Don, at 2:42 p.m.  

  • Don,

    Are you serious? Bobbi Ethier is in no position to heal any wounds in the party she is too tied up in the past.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:59 p.m.  

  • He will attend the Calgary Centre AGM on Tuesday evening at 7 pm.

    Regular folks can meet him there

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:03 p.m.  

  • Among the items on his itinerary is an intimate lunch with several prominent Liberals in the city.

    cg: I thought all Liberal gatherings in Calgary were intimate. What next dog bites man?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:21 p.m.  

  • Was at the Elections 2006 panel at Concordia University in Montreal Friday morning. Panellists were the Honourable St├ęphane Dion ( M.P. For Saint-Laurent / Cartierville), Harold Clarke (Ashbel Smith Professor School of Social Sciences, University of Texas at Dallas), Peter Donolo (Executive Vice-President, The Strategic Counsel), Elisabeth Gidengil (McGill University), and Jon Pammett (Carleton University).

    Pretty interesting although Gidengil was useless, but Dion got hit a couple of times on the economy and really danced around the lost election - blaming it entirely on Gomery not to mention a rant on the environment that had no bearing on anything really. Actually kind of dropped my opinion of him quite a bit. Donolo and Clarke on the other hand were easily the best and most interesting there.

    An old prof of mind (Chorny, poli sci economist/Keynesian) amusingly tore apart Dion's economy stuff. No one managed to explain why Quebec City in particular went Conservative, although they did a good job on Quebec in total.

    Some other interesting numbers too. Notably Harper's support base is kinda shaky, but he actually has more even support by age group, then the Liberals who skew older which is a better overall trendline for the CPC.

    Anyway, short version - my opinion of Dion is heading down.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:55 p.m.  

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