Monday, September 18, 2006

The Lord is Dead

CBC has called it for the Liberals in New Brunswick. Shawn Graham's Liberals will win a comfortable majority government.

Is there any doubt that Bernard Lord's decision to not run for CPC leadership in 2004 is one of the dumbest political moves in recent Canadian political history?


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    By Blogger Peter, at 8:29 PM  

  • CalgaryGrit,

    He was on the right track...

    Lord's poor showing in 2003 (almost lost the NB election) forced the Bilderbergs to look elsewhere...

    Now Stephen Harper is prime minister.

    Coincidence. Probably.

    Does anyone know why he called the election (since the last election was in 2003)?

    By Blogger Peter, at 8:35 PM  

  • He may not be CPC leader, but I'm hoping he can still serve as an inspiration to Stephen Harper. May he follow in his footsteps.

    I wonder if this is what did him in:

    "Lord also reminded voters that he enjoys a close, personal friendship with Prime Minister Stephen Harper"

    Would that count as going negative on himself?

    By Blogger Reality Bites, at 8:35 PM  

  • I think, at the time when Lord decided to not pursue the CPC leadership, the Libs were still high in the polls, and Sheila Frasier hadn't yet given her report.

    The Gomery inquiry obviously helped the Tories immensely. But how was Lord to know what was coming?


    By Blogger Kevin, at 9:20 PM  

  • just to clarify, it wasn't the bilderbergs who installed Harper, it was the freemasons.

    And Lord, is sadly a Templar, which means he has a better chance taking over New Zealand than Canada. Even the Templars themselves know that.

    By Blogger Chuckercanuck, at 10:22 PM  

  • The Cyber Menace

    This idea that Lord missed some opportunities in federal politics seems to be common, but I'm going to run against the grain on this one.

    a) Personally, I think this makes his move to federal politics more likely than before. He'd be a great asset in a future Harper cabinet, if it ever gets to that.

    b) People also assume that the Conservative party was his for the taking in 2004. I don't think that was the reality at the time, not by a long shot. He would have needed to get Reformers on board, who were the majority in the party at the time, as well as out-organize Harper in places like Quebec, where an organization had already developed for Harper as leadership hopeful and leader of the Alliance.

    But I guess waxing eloquently about the possibilities is always a romantic thing to do in politics, which is why people don't let harder facts get in the way when they do it, of course.

    By Blogger The Cyber Menace, at 10:34 PM  

  • Is there any doubt that Bernard Lord's decision to not run for CPC leadership in 2004 is one of the dumbest political moves in recent Canadian political history?
    yes, there is a lot of doubt. I would add:
    Shoot, shovel, and shut up
    chow chow
    Appointing fortier to the senate
    and Layton's decision not to use a razor on that damned moustache.

    By Blogger ktr, at 10:35 PM  

  • Well, I like to see strong people in both parties, regardless of who is Government and who is Opposition - I hope Lord finds his way into the federal Tories soon.

    By Blogger Jason Bo Green, at 12:39 AM  

  • 50 bucks says Lord runs for the CPC in the next election if he can find a safe seat.

    By Blogger calgarygrit, at 1:21 AM  

  • And further to the original post, Lord's stock was high even after the last election and he probably could have won the CPC leadership. I know Martin still look invincible at the time but most should have realized that Lord would get two elections and that a Liberal Party which had been in power for 13 years would have to eventually lose, despite Martin mania.

    On the slipt side, Lord's still young and if he jumps federally now, he could eventually replace Harper, I suppose.

    By Blogger calgarygrit, at 1:28 AM  

  • Lord might well run federally as soon as Spring 2007, if a federal election is called after the next budget.

    It would serve New Brunswick well to elect a promnent citizen to the federal parliament.

    If the CPC win, he would be a shoo in for cabinet.

    What future does he have in New Brunswick now?

    The best he can do is what he has already done.

    Politicians are ambitious by nature and few (Robert Bourassa being the exception) choose to try to return to a post that they have already held.

    Bernard Lord is a young politician at the age of 40 with many years ahead but probably very few in provincial politics.

    Ideally, both he and Frank McKenna will choose to run federally in the next election, in the same riding.

    By Blogger Down & Out in L A, at 4:07 AM  

  • Lord's PC's actually won the popular vote and increased their vote share from the last election in many areas. After appointing a speaker, Graham has a slim majority and any Liberal MLA angry at not being in the cabinet becomes quite poweful. Lord's popularity in Moncton could win him that riding federally. As Canadians usually vote for different parties at federal and provincial levels, Harper will likely gain seats in NB next time around.

    It's interesting how the NDP is dead in NB but is currently the most popular party in NS.

    By Blogger nuna d. above, at 11:41 AM  

  • nuna D. above is right,

    I wish Lord was eradicated, but his party did win the popular vote by a slim margin and a roll of the dice brought the Liberals a majority of three more seats than the PC's.

    I wish we could, but no one should count Lord out just yet.

    By Blogger Riley Hennessey, at 1:50 PM  

  • Bilderbergers, Templars and Masons! Are you guys serious???

    When in doubt, throw in a good conspiracy theory. After all, they can't be proven, and they can't be disproven, so let's just throw them around.

    Do you truly think that spouting that kind of bunk builds any credibility? I hate it when some of my fellow conservatives thinking partake in that kind of nonsense, and I cannot believe that liberal thinking people are bamboozled by those same conspiracy theory idiots.

    I know! Let's bring back McArthy, and see how many commies we can find under the beds of the nation!

    By Blogger Andy, at 5:09 PM  

  • While Peter seems to be serious about the Bilderberg thing, I'm pretty sure Chuckercanuck was just having some fun with the idea.

    Besides, everyone knows that it's really the Trilateral Commision who's pulling the strings.

    By Blogger The Invisible Hand, at 8:56 PM  

  • Andy,

    Nobody believes in the stuff about Templars et al. Besides, anyone with half a brain realizes that it's really the International Bagel Vendors' Association who wield real power...

    By Blogger Jarrett, at 10:39 PM  

  • In some ways, it is probably a good thing for the Liberals Lord didn't become Liberal leader. He probably could have won in 2004 and in 2006 I think he could have won a majority. Lord has two characteristics Harper doesn't have

    1. He is moderate and close to the centre, while Harper is still a well to the right of the majority of Canadians

    2. He is likeable as a person, while Harper is a cold fish who generally turns people off.

    By Blogger Miles Lunn, at 11:48 PM  

  • probalby not that dumb, but hindsight is 20/20..

    like it was said previously... at the time Martin looked to be on the way to a landslide win, and everyone expected Harper and the CPC to need at least 1 more election before becoming a serious challenger...

    plus he would have had to overcome the Harper loyalty to even get to that point....

    besides the dumbest politcal move in recent history is by far the "beer & popcorn" crack by Scott Reid.

    By Blogger Sierra, at 6:43 PM  

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