Thursday, May 04, 2006

Small Fry

Some may disagree, but I do think it's good to see Hedy Fry in the Liberal leadership race (and not just because of the comic material it will provide). If people are going to complain about a leadership contest featuring white men from Toronto, Fry's presence is a nice contrast. And, contrary to most, I'm of the opinion that there's a lot more room for growth in Western Canada than Quebec for the LPC, so having someone raise British Columbian issues can't be a bad thing (assuming she stays away from the cross burning issue, of course).

24 Comments:

  • No, I half agree with you. I'm also glad to see Hedy Fry in the Liberal leadership race.

    Where we differ; I'm just in it for the comic material.

    :)

    By Blogger Jim, at 2:04 PM  

  • Yes. It's a good thing. The added perspective and Trans Canada Race will be beter than an insular Torontocentric one.

    By Blogger s.b., at 2:24 PM  

  • PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE elect Hedy as the leader of the Liberal Party. Please!!!

    And until she is no longer the leader, the Libs will be in the political wilderness. Oh, can't you just hear the crosses burning as she speaks!

    By Blogger Andy, at 2:26 PM  

  • I welcome Hedy Fry to the leadership race and feel the party would be wise to choose from the three females entered. Having Stephen Harper beat up on a woman, daily, during an election campaign could prove to be a strategy that provides benefits. Besides, it is time the LPC have a woman at the helm. This is after all the 21 Century, is it not?

    By Blogger Lord Omar, at 2:29 PM  

  • It is well past time that the LPC had a woman as leader, I would love to have one to vote for. I just do not think that any of the 3 running are the right choice. I especially feel that way about Hedy Fry. Not impressed. I agree we need more people from the west and more woman and having a minority is great but does it have to be Hedy Fry

    By Blogger Aristo, at 2:40 PM  

  • It is well past time that the LPC had a woman as leader, I would love to have one to vote for.

    My choice, of the three (2 really as I don't consider HF a credible candidate), would be Martha Hall Findlay. She has impressed me every time I've heard her speak and think she has the potential to an outstanding leader.

    By Blogger Lord Omar, at 2:58 PM  

  • If nothing else Hedy Fry's entry into the race will result in a serious contender for the tittle of Ms/Mrs/Mr Hysterical Hyperbole.

    I realize that Carolyn Bennett has the early lead with her "no universal childcare now, equals full jails later" assertation, but I have faith Hot Cross Hedy will make Ms. Bennett look like the rank amatuer she is.

    Let the Hysterics begin!!!!!

    Syncro

    By Blogger syncrodox, at 3:09 PM  

  • It is obvious that some people in the Liberal Party have told Fry that if she runs as a token Western/female/person of colour that the Liberals will make sure she doesn't wind up with a large personal debt for her campaign. There is no other reason for her to be there.

    By Blogger nuna d. above, at 3:23 PM  

  • Great...that almost tops up our list.

    Iggy - functionally a foreigner

    Rae - failed Economics 101 as well as the people of Ontario

    Dion - only claim to flame is the plagiarization of Harper's Clarity Bill

    Brison - Income trust emails

    Martha-Hall-Who?

    Joe Volpe - La Cosa Liberal

    Marizio Bevelaq-wha?

    Carolynn Bennett - assumes kids will grow up to be criminals if parents raise them without state intervention

    Gerald Kennedy - Jack Layton without the personality

    Hedy-Fry - even she knows she hasn't a hope in hell. But hey, if it gets her picture on the tube....she's ready for the cabinet seat some day.



    If this is the best you folks can do.....maybe you should initiate a DRAFT CHRETIEN campaign. At least Canadians knew he was a petty thug and a crook.

    By Blogger James Halifax, at 3:52 PM  

  • I completely agree - more women, more Westerners, more non-whites - are needed in the race. She brings important perspectives to the podium, although I do hope no silly anti-American comments pop out.

    By Blogger Lois, at 4:22 PM  

  • Omar, I agree fully - Martha Hall Findlay looks marvellous so far, and I do look forward to hearing more from her.

    Don't laugh, but I wish Kim Campbell would run for Liberal leadership. She won't, of course - but still, it would be nice to have a female option on the ballot.

    By Blogger Lois, at 4:24 PM  

  • "...although I do hope no silly anti-American comments pop out."

    But c'mon: what are the chances of that? I agree with those who want Hedy in the race for purposes of comic relief. If we see Raymond Chan throw his hat in the ring - well, life just doesn't get any better than that....

    By Blogger deaner, at 5:43 PM  

  • Hedy has more education than Kennedy.
    Hedy has more cabinet experience than Kennedy.
    How is her French?

    KENNEDY GETS RESULTS

    Queens Park Hansard, October 19, 2005

    Mr. Rosario Marchese: "This is a continuation of a Conservative testing regime. The difference is that the Liberals are doing it, oh, so much more efficiently. The Tories wanted to show improvements in test scores. They started the manipulation of the numbers. You Liberals promised that 75% of Ontario students will reach the provincial standard, and behold, the numbers are up.

    Let me explain how you Liberals have done that. Students had a limited time to answer questions under the old regime. This year's instructions to test administrators state that "students may take the time they need to complete the section, as long as it is in one continuous sitting," i.e., they have as much time as they need to write the test.

    Second, the test is half as long. The length of the test went from over 10 hours last year to six hours this year. The minister himself directly intervened to make this change happen. He announced this change, not the EQAO, speaking to the political interference of this minister and this government.

    Third, students are allowed to use calculators. Grades 3 and 6 students this year were allowed to use calculators for the entire marked test, including multiple choice questions. In the past, students were not permitted to use calculators for the multiple-choice questions.

    Fourth, the teachers who mark the test have told us that the new test is not only easier, but that they have been encouraged to give higher marks where there is doubt between two possible grades. Unfortunately, teachers who mark the tests are forced to sign confidentiality agreements, raising questions of transparency."

    This sleeper is among many more to come concerning Stockwell Kennedy.

    By Blogger KennedyFacts, at 6:46 PM  

  • "White men from Toronto"... or white hoods from Prince George. Gonna be a fun race.

    By Blogger dr_dog, at 7:01 PM  

  • We need more women on stage.

    TOKEN WOMAN AT KENNEDY PHOTO OP

    http://nicolemartel.ca/Blog/3003deeb-8964-4019-8559-52e139d599fc.ksi

    Even this Kennedy supporter says:

    "And above all else, I rarely leave a political event without being very conscious of the fact there are so few women on stage."

    By Blogger KennedyFacts, at 7:18 PM  

  • true enough, CG - Belinda should have had more support.

    By Blogger Chuckercanuck, at 9:42 PM  

  • Uhh...Sandra. I tend to think that neither the candidate you're pretending to support nor the candidate you actually support have a ton of female MPs backing them...seing as how there aren't a ton of Liberal MPs. Duh.

    Ditto for the Cabinet experience. With the exception of Dion, no one has lengthy federal Cabinet experience in this race.

    As for the standardized tests, yes, it is shocking that a Minister of Education would reform an antiquated testing system. It's called doing his job.

    By Blogger calgarygrit, at 10:13 PM  

  • Of course, Sandra with her slander attacks against Kennedy has not gotten her facts correct, once again.

    Kennedy's campaign manager is female and women on his campaign team outnumber men by 2:1. There are no token women on the campaign.

    Furthermore, Kennedy is only one of a few candidates thus far that has presented ideas on how to increase the number of female Liberal MP's and females in Liberal Party executive positions.

    By Blogger The Real Kennedy Facts, at 12:40 AM  

  • If any of the women Liberal leadership candidates become the leader then like the Pc and NDP before them expect the party to wander in the wilderness. Sorry but thats the chauvinist nature of Canadian politics

    By Blogger eugene plawiuk, at 6:42 AM  

  • Is KT K's campaign manager?

    By Blogger matt, at 10:38 AM  

  • For those Liberals dismissing Hedy Fry's entry into the race, I say SHAME. You know next to nothing about the woman other than the incredibly unfair portrayal she has received by the media. I mean come on .. sure she got the town wrong with the cross burning thing but how many other people have had to wear a mistake for so long. And don't tell me no one else had made such a gaff or controversial comment.

    Surely part of the reason some of us are Liberals is because we are openminded? Isn't it only fair to hear what she has to say rather than just outright dismiss her?

    The party needs renewal. The last thing it needs is the 'establishment' candidates running the show again as they have in the past. Isn't it the goldenbergs, reid, kinsellas, etc that got us here in the first place with their selfish ambitions for power? Candidates like Fry etc are admittedly outsiders, but they may be just the people to get party members involved int he process again.

    Give her, and the other 'long-shots' a chance to present themselves and their idea before you decide and continue to trash them. I expect such narrow-mindedness from Conservatives!

    By Blogger kaymak, at 6:57 AM  

  • Poor Hedy. All she ever did was become an MD, head of the BC Medical Association, defeat a prime minister (Kim Campbell, but nevertheless a prime minister) then get reelected 4 more times, with ever-increasing majorities.

    Some no-hoper.

    By Blogger speedbump, at 3:59 PM  

  • Don't believe them especially the liberal party.

    By Anonymous tuxedo shirts, at 7:33 AM  

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