The Race for Stornoway: Hedy Fry
-Various Arrested Development characters
Background: Hedy was born in Trinidad & Tobago. However, I have been unable to confirm anywhere whether or not she is a Trinidadian or a Tobagan. Like Carolyn Bennett, she has a medical background.
Political History: As she is so fond of reminding everyone, Hedy defeated Prime Minister Kim Campbell in 1993, in Vancouver Centre. Of course, given the campaign Kim Campbell ran that year, this was really more a case of her finding the corpse than actually slaying the giant. In 1996, Hedy was named Secretary of State for multiculturalism and the status of women. Last election, she prevented Svend Rovbinson from stealing her seat. And, yeah, there was the cross burning incident.
Not at all interesting or relevant fact which I include only because I can’t think of anything else to write about Hedy Fry: Hedy shares a birthday with Geri Halliwell.
Rejected Campaign Slogan: “Catch Fire With Hedy Fry!”
Rejected Campaign Launch Location: Prince George
Pros: Female, visible minority, from the West. Over a decade of elected experience as a Liberal.
Cons: She certainly isn't a french Fry, to put it mildly. Is rarely taken seriously. Oldest candidate in the field.
My Take: I do think the cross burning incident got blown a bit out of proportion, but Hedy does have a reputation for making controversial and ill-advised comments. It’s a shame too, since having a strong visible minority female from Western Canada in this race would be a big plus for the Liberal Party.
Chances: Stranger things have happened. None come to mind right now, but I'm sure in the history of mankind, there may be an instance of a bigger upset win than this one.