Friday, July 07, 2006

Yo Yo G!

Two quick hits for Friday:

-Awww...Harper's made a new friend. Isn't that cute? I'll bet Laureen doesn't even call him Steve.

-Susan Delacourt has a great article on fixing the big red machine in today's Star. I've been a big advocate of national membership rules for a long time and of trimming the fat on the LPC and it's really encouraging to see the party heading in that direction. I don't think I'd want to remove delegated conventions since I'm not convinced "one member, one vote" is any more democratic or produces better leadership choices but the current process can certainly be tweaked a bit.

Cherniak has some good comments about it, as well as a recap of his chat with Steve MacKinnon. I talked to Steve (MacKinnon, not Harper) after I posted about national memberships in March and it sounded like he had a good idea of the problems facing the party and of what needs to be done to improve things. The first step is always admitting you have a problem so I'm hopeful that the necessary changes can be made.


  • I don't know to what extent you can lump MacKinnon in with the Martin camp. I just don't have enough knowledge, except to know he was there when Martin was prime minister.

    Having said that, I find it funny that he's still calling the shots, given the he at least seems partly responsible for the state the Liberal party currently finds itself in.

    This isn't anything personal. But, if you're going to clean house, why not start from the top?

    It might explain, for example, why the party's official response to Joe Volpe may have been more telling than what Joe Volpe actually did.

    Just some thoughts.

    By Blogger The Cyber Menace, at 2:34 p.m.  

  • "Cherniak has some good comments..."?!?

    CG, you're killing us. Stop it. My sides hurt. No. Seriously. I can't catch my breath. Laughing too hard. Hoo. Woo. Ok. Better now.

    By Blogger Scott in Ottawa, at 2:41 p.m.  

  • Check out they have a hillarious article and picture of Harper's photo op with Bush being ruined.

    By Blogger Canadian in New York, at 2:59 p.m.  

  • Then I shall await the post you make concerning folks like Joe Volpe, Martin Cauchon, Denis Codderre, etc..etc...

    When the Liberal Party of today gets rid of this type of crook/shyster/race-baiters, then perhaps I won't be embarrassed to admit I was once a card carrying Liberal.

    By Blogger James Halifax, at 4:10 p.m.  

  • "it sounded like he had a good idea of the problems facing the party and of what needs to be done to improve things."

    So he is resigning? We've all seen MacKinnon on TV defending Volpe, and he just settled with Ipso-Reid over other comments he made on TV. Some new faces in the Liberal party would be a good start.

    By Blogger nuna d. above, at 4:26 p.m.  

  • Steve McKinnon had ideas on how to help the party?!? I agree with cyber menace on this one in that the Steve McKinnon dismissal of the Volpe kiddy donations being a problem were much worse than Volpe accepting the donations.

    By Blogger Brian C, at 4:39 p.m.  

  • hi calgary grit...

    after reading ignatieff environmental article in the national post...i am waiting for you to do your job and take shots at it.....i guess i will have to check back at a later time

    enjoy the day....

    By Blogger Skeena Liberal, at 4:48 p.m.  

  • skeena; Is it the same article as on his website? If so, it's interesting to see him go ahead with the carbon tax idea. As I've said, I like the idea of a carbon tax...I'm just not big on the idea of campaigning in Alberta for a Liberal Party proposing a carbon tax.

    By Blogger calgarygrit, at 5:13 p.m.  

  • As a liberal I wouldn't be as concerned about the fact that Harper has made a new friend in Bush near as much as the fact that he seems to have made millions of new friends right here in Canada.
    And while most Canadians may not refer to him as Steve Harper they refer to him as Prime Minister Harper with pride, something they were not able to do with either Cretien or Martin. I think the term "sleezebag" was more appropriate.

    You guys have got a long way to go. But then again with people like McKinnon and Volpe (and of course Hedi Fry) it looks like your going to have a long time to do it.

    By Blogger Fred Mc, at 5:14 p.m.  

  • Actually George Bush is fond of giving people nicknames that usually end with "boy".

    So in private, George Bush probably called Mr. Harper "Stevie boy". Fortunately, for Mr. Harper he refrained from doing so in public.

    By Blogger ottlib, at 5:47 p.m.  

  • I was waiting for Harper to give Bush the DDT everytime he called him Steve. At the same time I found myself hoping that Ken Dryden doesn't win the leadership and become Prime Minister while Bush was in power because we have to listen to our Prime Minister being called "Big Kenny".

    By Blogger Jordon, at 11:16 p.m.  

  • If Dion wins the leadership and becomes PM, maybe Bush will call him Stephanie.

    By Blogger Psychols, at 4:01 a.m.  

  • By Blogger Manley Man, at 9:20 a.m.  

  • I think Bush calling Harper "Steve" has come across pretty good for both of them. Most have construed it as a nickname, and you even have Bill Graham getting all defensive about it -- making the absurd argument that closer relations with America is a bad thing, in fact. lol.

    I'm surprised more people haven't accused Bush of simply getting Harper's name wrong, like he does so much of the English language.

    Then again, when you're responsible for all the current evils of the world, like Bush is supposed to be, then I suppose his critics have to attribute some intelligence to the guy. Nobody can wreak that much havoc and be dumb about -- so goes the thinking, I guess.

    By Blogger The Cyber Menace, at 11:22 a.m.  

  • On national memberships ...

    It's funny that in an era where Liberals seem to be tired of a top-down, who-you-know-in-the-pmo approach that we would implement a membership system that gives Ottawa and the leader) full control, access, knowledge, and ability to manipulate our memberships, forms and candidates - rather than the folks in the province we're in.

    By Blogger Hammering Jow, at 10:19 a.m.  

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