Wednesday, August 16, 2006

This Week in the Liberal Party has a make-over and, I must say, I think the new site is a big improvement.

-After talking to some people who were at a Bob Rae event in Edmonton last night, I'd be willing to put down any amount of money that Anne McLellan will be joining the Rae team once her work on the renewal commission is over.

-Speaking of endorsements, as reported yesterday by Jason Cherniak, David Orchard will be endorsing Stephane Dion this afternoon. I'll have a lot to say about this later tonight but I think it's important to see the press conference first to get an idea of what's involved in this endorsement.

UPDATE: So...umm...what's up with Orchard? I kept hearing that there was a 2 o'clock conference call today but haven't seen anything about it anywhere. Then I get this forwarded to me:

Dear Friend,

Over the past months many have encouraged me to consider entering the race for the leadership of the Liberal party. Others have asked which candidate would be my preferred one. After meeting with several of the candidates and reflecting on the matter, I have decided to support Stéphane Dion.

Stéphane has ten years of experience in government, most of that time as an able minister in cabinet. The environment is a passion for him and that interest showed in his effective work as environment minister and his achievements on the Kyoto file. He has worked hard to keep Canada together as a tolerant, bilingual nation and has shown a great interest in defending Canadian institutions, including the Canadian Wheat Board. Stéphane has a keen interest in agriculture and the problems of Western Canada.

For all of these reasons and more, although there are a number of very able candidates in the race, I have decided to offer my support to Stéphane.

This means we will be working together in the coming months to prepare for the coming leadership convention.

I hope this meets with your approval, and that if you are considering the possibility of attending the convention you will consider going with me as a Stéphane Dion candidate.

Stéphane and I will be holding a press conference in Saskatoon tomorrow at which time I will publicly offer my support -- a press release will follow.

I am sending below the URL for a recent, interesting and in-depth article on Stéphane from the Toronto Star for your information and refer you as well to the Dion web site

I look forward to working with you in the weeks leading up to the convention and afterwards, as we take the concrete steps to change the direction of our country away from the path Mr. Harper has set us on.

Please don't hesitate to call me with any questions, comments or thoughts that you have.


David Orchard


  • Yah, a while back Mike Duffy was saying Anne Mclellan was going to be supporting Rae, and I've heard it elsewhere.

    By Blogger Dan McKenzie, at 4:34 p.m.  

  • Anne was one of the 24 people who showed up?

    Bob Rae's Alberta Tour: Three's a Crowd.

    By Blogger Peter Loewen, at 4:51 p.m.  

  • Ooooh Ann McLellan supports Rae!

    She did a real good job of delivering Alberta to Paul Martin.. I'm sure she'll be equally as effective for Rae.

    They didn't call her landslide annie for nothin!!

    She's a brilliant woman, but I didn't find her a great politician.

    By Blogger Forward Looking Canadian, at 5:50 p.m.  

  • riley; Anne was a very good Cabinet Minister but her skills as a political minister aren't fantastic.

    On the ground, this won't help Rae much outside of Edmonton Centre. It would give him a bit more credibility among the establishment though.

    By Blogger calgarygrit, at 6:04 p.m.  

  • Oh Riley, come on now. She's been a terrific, top-notch CabMin, and while she may not deliver Alberta to Rae, she could certainly play a big role in swinging me to Rae. I respect her quite a bit.

    By Blogger Jacques Beau Vert, at 6:28 p.m.  

  • Gee Alex Swann Annes former director of communications is Bob's director of communications. Anne going to Rae, colour me not surprised.

    I agree, Anne = good minister, nice person, bad politician.

    By Blogger Aristo, at 6:35 p.m.  

  • Somebody else reported on that Orchard endorsement thig; I can't remember who though.

    By Blogger rob, at 6:37 p.m.  

  • C'mon CG,

    McLelland to Rae is huge for Rae. She's the top banana of all the former cabinet ministers - not just good, the best.

    Orchard for Dion is molto terriblo.

    By Blogger Tarkwell Robotico, at 7:57 p.m.  

  • " has a make-over and, I must say, I think the new site is a big improvement"

    I hate to say it, but I agree. It's a better layout

    Although the huge "safe injection" thing that they have dominating the page right now doesn't really win them any votes...

    By Blogger Michael Fox, at 8:04 p.m.  

  • CG: At what odds?

    By Blogger Gauntlet, at 9:12 p.m.  

  • No, she is not endorsing him. she is staying neutral because supporting someone makes no political sense for her. if she supports nobody, and is reelected, she is in cabinet at a senior position. you can't ignore her, even if she stayed neutral. but, if she goes out and supports one candidate who loses, she might piss off people along the way and end up with a bottom tier cabinet post. think about it.

    By Blogger kenlister1, at 9:47 p.m.  

  • Since Elections Canada notified the people who had erroneously used their office address as their "residential" address, Anne's weight in Edmonton Centre is diminished.

    She was a crappy MP unless you voted for her.

    She was against ssm before she was for it.

    She was Ms. Dithers. I sincerely hope Cdn politics have seen the last of her.

    By Blogger Candace, at 10:16 p.m.  

  • At the very least Anne's people are working for Rae. I suspect Anne will too publicly once her renewal commision work ends.

    Chucker; Anne won't do much on the ground for Rae. But, yeah, as far as the air war goes, she'd be a big catch. Her and Goodale are probably the two biggest catches still out there.

    By Blogger calgarygrit, at 11:11 p.m.  

  • Regarding your update:

    with snappy photo of the two of them.


    By Blogger Ted Betts, at 9:11 a.m.  

  • Hey Black Bart, (that's from sesame street. he's the guy that comes into the saloon that everyone's afraid of then he's really nice) Anyways, what's the difference between a cabinet minister and a political minister? I'm a little confused.

    By Blogger S.K., at 9:53 a.m.  

  • For those of you eager to dismiss Orchard as a freak whose only contribution will be the delivery of some delegates, I'd take a second look at the guy.

    As a conservative who likes Stephen Harper, I haven't seen too many critics more effective at being a Harper attack dog than Mr. Orchard has been.

    He's articulate, knowledgeable, and can deliver a focused and poignant message when needed. He can attack Ignatieff for being a Bush-bot, and he can attack Rae for being a tool of big labour.

    A simple farmer and amateur political wannabee he ain't. Just ask Peter MacKay, who will forever be remembered for betraying his word, thanks to David Orchard -- who milked that even for all that it was worth, and then some.

    David Orchard will never achieve great political success for himself. But he can most certainly make life difficult for those with a political agenda he opposes. He always has, and he probably always will.

    By Blogger Dennis (Second Thots), at 12:10 p.m.  

  • CG -

    Gotcha, ground war wise.

    By Blogger Tarkwell Robotico, at 8:35 p.m.  

  • This can't work in reality, that is exactly what I suppose.

    By Anonymous, at 5:39 a.m.  

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