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 Dennis (Second Thots), at 2:34 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.  

  • 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.  

  • 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 Unknown, 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 Dennis (Second Thots), at 11:22 a.m.  

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