Friday, May 19, 2006

We Are Family

I'm still a little undecided on the whole issue of Liberal Leadership candidates attacking each other. Apparently, so too are the candidates. It's interesting to see the two strategies being used:

Exhibit A
Volpe suggested that Ignatieff would give the U.S. government more influence in Canadian foreign policy than is warranted.

Exhibit B
From Carolyn Bennett's blog:

Congratulations to Minister Pupatello in Ontario for funding the Lifesaving Society's 'Swim to Survive' program for grade 3 students. [...] Well done... And thanks too to Gerard Kennedy who got the ball rolling last summer as the Minister.

With the debates approaching, I'll be curious to see which candidates come out swinging and which candidates continue to play nice.


  • It really saddens me that because Ignatieff stood up for his principles, he is being criticized so heavily. It's very sad that our party is so quick to sling the mud at eachother if ANYONE dissents from the party line... we are quickly becoming the NDP.

    By Blogger Forward Looking Canadian, at 9:59 p.m.  

  • I suport the Canadian presence in Afghanistan.

    I admire Ignatieff for his vote.

    I'm still not going to vote for him.

    By Blogger C4SR, at 10:15 p.m.  

  • Volpe will be the mud thrower for sure.

    He will see his support fading and will jump on Iggy some more.

    By Blogger Zac, at 10:31 p.m.  

  • Sounds like Bennett is preparing to throw her support behind Kennedy once she drops out.

    Thomas @

    By Blogger Tommie, at 10:39 p.m.  

  • The candidate who comes out swinging the hardest and the most accurately is who I want as leader. Why? For the reason that if I hear Harper say he's a "big boy" and that he can "take a punch" one more time, I'll want a Liberal leader able enough to accomodate him.

    By Blogger Omar, at 11:21 p.m.  

  • "...we are quickly becoming the NDP."

    That's what happens to socialists when they are out of power

    By Blogger deaner, at 1:54 a.m.  

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    By Blogger Peter, at 9:39 a.m.  

  • tommie,

    Carolyn has been on Gerard's side since (before) he ran for MPP over a decade ago and was at Gerard's provincial Parkdale-High Park fundraiser a few months months ago (although it is not her riding; when he was still considering the Liberal leadership).

    The support/admiration goes both ways I am pretty sure.


    By Blogger Peter, at 9:43 a.m.  

  • Ignatieff is consistent -- yes.

    A man who supported the illegal Iraq war (no matter how he tries to spin it).

    A man who supports Canadian mission in Afghanistan where the targets are too broad and the scope too wide, with no end in sight.

    A man who has lived outside of Canada all his life and then comes back, and then has the audacity to tell us he wants to be our leader and knows what is good for us.

    Tell me exactly, as compared to people like Kennedy, Dryden, or even Volpe, what did Ignatieff DO?

    By Blogger mezba, at 10:45 a.m.  

  • On June 10 in Winnipeg, after the debate, there will be a Laurier Club reception. I'm very much looking forward to seeing how the candidates react with and to one another in a more relaxed, social setting. Be fun to see who their handlers cozy up to as well. Aww, the battle for the second, third, fourth, fifth ballot.

    By Blogger Don, at 1:22 p.m.  

  • I hate to quote myself but as I mused in my blog today about the highly enjoyable silliness on Warren Kinsella's blog the past 2 days:

    For heaven's sake, enough pettifoggery I say!

    Lets get back to the business of rescuing our country from that carpetbagger Harper.

    As for fistacuffs between candidates, well, we live in a democracy so I say have at it! And how they have at it will tell you a lot about each candidate.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:24 p.m.  

  • Joe Volpe knows that if he doesn't win (HA!) that he will never see the cabinet table again cause only Paul Martin was dumb enough to let Joe be the Hon.

    He has nothing to lose by attacking.

    By Blogger polarslam, at 2:41 p.m.  

  • Are you talking about the same Liberals who showed so much contempt and disrespect for Parliament this week?

    By Blogger scott, at 3:37 p.m.  

  • Honestly, the presence of Volpe in this race is an embarrassment for the party. At least guys like Ignatieff Dion and Rae bring some stature and class. Volpe is a complete dink.

    By Blogger PR, at 1:21 a.m.  

  • Such are the pitfalls of Liberal democracy in action...

    By Blogger Ronald O'Dowd, at 11:36 a.m.  

  • Man, with this many candidates those debates are going to be unbearable to watch. Remember the PQ contest? This number of candidates screws the debate format.

    By Blogger Dale Kirby, at 1:16 p.m.  

  • Will a Liberal leadership contender ever come out of Alberta again? That would wake up the closet liberals in our province, of which there are many more than the Right would have us believe. A guy's gotta dream you know...

    By Blogger Tim Roy, at 1:49 p.m.  

  • I have to agree with Volpe being an embarasment to this leadership race.

    What does he honestly bring to the race that nobody else does, except a certain sleeze factor?

    I got in trouble last week for commenting to certain party people in the province that Volpe as leader seems like some cruel joke.

    By Blogger polarslam, at 2:36 p.m.  

  • If he can find a way to abuse the powers of Immigration Minister, what about Prime Minister?

    By Blogger matt, at 12:32 a.m.  

  • I see someone scolded Ignatieff for supporting the "illegal war" in Iraq. I've spanked Kinsella for making this point too. Does that mean Kosovo was a mistake by the Liberals too, since it was illegal as well?

    Regarding Volpe's point about the American influence on Canada's foreign policy, isn't reactionary opposition to American policy an even worse example of letting go of independence? Because, if you say no simply because America is saying yes, then the one saying yes is determining the policy, aren't they? And it ain't Canada, except in a knee-jerk fashion. Just some food for thought.

    By Blogger Dennis (Second Thots), at 4:15 p.m.  

  • By Blogger raybanoutlet001, at 11:43 p.m.  

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