Saturday, March 04, 2006

Two More

David McGuinty and Robert Pritchard, CEO of Torstar Corp., are named as potential leadership candidates in an online Globe article. McGuinty's name has been mentioned before, but this is the first instance I've heard Pritchard's name floated - from David Peterson no less, so there's probably a bit of substance behind it.

I don't know much about Pritchard but it always amazes me how politics is considered the one job where job experience gets thrown out the window. You think the Liberals would want someone who, you know, knew what the hell they were doing...

26 Comments:

  • David McGuinty knows what the hell he is doing. Peterson was refering to McGuinty, and not to Pritchard when, he said, "There's a lot of very, very, very substantial people who would love to see him run — and they're trying to persuade him to do it."

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:31 PM  

  • If McGuinty wants to run, then all the power to him - I was refering to Pritchard when I was talking to people with no experience.

    Anyone out there know anything about Pritchard?

    By Blogger calgarygrit, at 7:36 PM  

  • I know plenty about Pritchard, he runs a paper which would blame the money in the bank for being stolen, before the Liberal who stole it.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:05 PM  

  • By Blogger Jason Townsend, at 9:06 PM  

  • Pritchard has a good resume, and is a sensible and accomplished man.

    As for Peterson, is it significant that he has given up enabling Belinda?

    By Blogger David M. McClory, at 9:10 PM  

  • No liberal bias in the media, the ceo just happens to want to run for the Liberal Party.What a shock.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:12 PM  

  • DALTON McGuinty is the man who gives every Conservative strategist nightmares. If he moves to the federal scene, Conservatives will quake in their boots and pick up the nearest drink. They are scared of him because many of them believe he can clean Harper's clock.

    By Blogger Parliamentary Sex Therapist, at 9:32 PM  

  • If David and Kennedy both run, that'll put Dalton in a bit of an awkward position.

    The the Ontario voting bloc is going to be very fragmented with a such a huge number of Ontarian candidates, at least in the initial stages of the campaign.

    I don't really know anything about Pritchard; he seems like he would make a good candidate for Parliament in the next general election, but I don't know about the leadership.

    By Blogger IslandLiberal, at 10:29 PM  

  • IslandLiberal may think that Dalton will be conflicte dif David and Kennedy both run.

    I doubt it.

    The McGuinty family sticks together and works together. His choice, if it comes to that, is obvious.

    By Blogger CfSR, at 11:15 PM  

  • Oh, I have no doubt he would side with David. It wouldn't be a hard choice in that sense. It might involving campaigning against a powerful former deputy, which might miff some Kennedy supporters in his own provincial caucus.

    By Blogger IslandLiberal, at 11:43 PM  

  • In response to the first anonymous poster, CTV's report makes it clear Peterson was talking about Pritchard, not McGuinty.

    By Anonymous Tom, at 11:54 PM  

  • I feel sorry for the poor bastard that's going to be hung out to dry, carrying the Liberal banner during the next election.

    Anyone on the "inside" has run from that job as fast as possible.

    The reason of course is they know that Harper now knows what they know.

    You know?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:14 AM  

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    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:36 AM  

  • interesting indeed...Pritchard was UofT President for God knows how many I think 7 or 10 years. Was really cool supposedly with the students there. Really funny and a cool guy. He might be able to get the student vote believe it or not. His resume is HUGE. Some people on the board of governors spoke about him as leadership, on...Thursday I think...I'll ask them where they got their information...btw David Peterson is on the board of governors as well...interesting post...I'll try to get the inside info

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:26 AM  

  • 'No liberal bias in the media, the ceo just happens to want to run for the Liberal Party.What a shock.' No Conservative bias in the media, the ceo of canwest just happened to support Peter Kent for election as a conservative candidate. What a shock!

    By Anonymous CHRIS, at 10:28 AM  

  • Sorry for re-posting this but I thought it was relevant and important:

    Anyone with any brains would be backing Mitsou for the leadership. She's hot, speaks French and is the only possible way we can unite the country.

    I can hear it now:
    Bye Bye Mon Cowboy thundering through arenas, as the anti-Harper campaign theme!

    Vive le Canada!!!!!
    Vive le Mitsou!!!!!

    K-Dough's Canada

    By Blogger K-Dough, at 10:56 AM  

  • I live in Alta Vista in Ottawa and David McGuinty is my constituent and neighbour. I have had the opportunity to meet him many times.

    My advice is this. David may be a bright guy. But he seems to want so badly to make every living voter in his riding know that he's smarter than they are, he tells them that at every opportunity. It gets tiring for his constituents. It'll get tiring for Canadians at large.

    If he wants to win, I'd tell him to come back when he's learned to be humble.

    By Anonymous Two Cents, at 1:01 PM  

  • Whoops, speaking of humble pie, David McGuinty is not my constituent, he is my MP. I am his constituent.

    In any event, the point is the same, if David McGuinty wants to be successful in any run for the Liberal leadership, he'll need to tone down his arrogance. It can be overpowering at times.

    By Anonymous Two Cents, at 1:14 PM  

  • Two Cents,

    McGuinty is one of the most humble candidates mentioned so far. Confidence, knowledge, values, ambition; he doesn't lack any of those.
    Just because you think he is smarter than you (abd me too) doesn't mean he flaunts it.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:51 PM  

  • This is going to be one very exciting race. Wide open. Fun for all. And Ken Dryden shaved his beard.

    By Blogger Don, at 2:11 PM  

  • I haven't heard much about McGuinty running until now. I am not sure that he could make a viable run for it. Well educated, but really hasn't done much to make me notice him.

    On another note though, does anybody know much about the meeting on the East Coast. I heard through that Belinda wasn't even there for most of it and that she had Alcock representing her...wow that is dedication?

    One interesting thing I did hear is that Ignatieff did well at capturing the hearts and minds of a number of people there. I had a few friends there that I go to university with and they were saying that they didn't mind him before, but that they are sold now. He was articulate and thoughtful...he answered their concerns and seemed like he was there to listen to them. I also heard there was a lot of attention paid to him outside of the AGM as well and that many well respected liberals are taking notice of him and hosted a number of functions for him while he was there. Has anybody else heard this?

    By Anonymous Will, at 11:45 PM  

  • http://www.vijaysappani.com/myblog/?p=156

    This might then be true. Dalton might try to put a spanner in Kennedy's leadership. Smiterman might support Ignatieff.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:55 PM  

  • Will: I had heard about other MI events but the only one outside the AGM I attended was the public on at the Henry House at suppertime. Excellent event and people seemed interested. I met Maritime Liberal there, and a coworker from my election job at Elections Canada (We were both glad to be able to have political opinions again, needless to say.) I was also earnestly and enthusiastically spoken to by a gentleman who flew in on behalf of Joe Volpe; we talked for a while about Kyoto and his experiences working in politics.

    ML and I are Ignatieff supporters, and my colleague has evidently read his academic stuff and is seriously considering him. I am too new to the NSLP to have backroom knowledge of any great validity, so I'm not going to talk out of my ass. I was somewhat accidentally at a barroom table around lunchish back at the Westin with two local liberals of real stature who lent a receptive ear to some of his supporters, and it had me psyched, anyway.

    I didn't hear a single negative word about any of the candidates - now, granted, with my being new people probably weren't spilling their guts, but the worst I heard about any leadership hopeful was "meh."

    I really wish I hadn't been so new to things because I could have gotten much more out of the AGM, especially on a provincial level, and had more insight into the impact the federal dream team were having.

    Hopefully I'll learn more as time goes by, but I don't know if I'll know any big "endorsement" type info before it is public domain - Alcock EG went public pretty quickly.

    Anyway, ramble ramble.

    By Anonymous Jason Townsend, at 1:55 AM  

  • Meanwhile in British Columbia, there was reception for Stephane Dion held at Mark Marissen's house. All the BC based representatives of the Earnscliffe Strategy Group snubbed the Dion reception. This is interesting as Earnscliffe had 3 of its people to attend a reception
    for Scott Brison at the same address a week earlier. Does this mean Earnscliffe is so firmly behind Scott Brison that it's people aren't even going to bother checking out Dion or Joe Volpe who was also in attendence at the reception?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:59 AM  

  • The Martin crowd is spliting down the middle between Brison and Stronach.

    They sure know how to pick 'em...

    By Blogger calgarygrit, at 1:24 PM  

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