Friday, November 10, 2006

Edmonton Grits

Kennedy's Alberta momentum continued this week as he picked up two more endorsements from Liberal MLAs.

I mentioned his first three MLA endorsements back in September: Mo Elsalhy (the famous Mark Norris slayer), Bruce Miller, and Bill Bonko. On Wednesday, Gerard added two more names to his list of supporters from MLAs who have pledged to support Gerard once the bottom four candidates they have endorsed drop off: Hugh MacDonald, one of the longest serving and most respected MLAs in caucus, and Edmonton Manning MLA Dan Backs who can be seen sporting a cowboy hat in the picture above.

In Hughie's case, this will actually mean another vote in Montreal as well since MacDonald was elected as a Ken Dryden delegate and has pledged to vote for Gerard once Ken drops off the ballot.


  • Dan Backs is not a delegate, and is endorsing a different candidate. He may support Gerard, but that is different than an endorsement.
    If you have a statement from DB saying he endorses Kennedy, go ahead and print it and make me look dumb. It wont be the first time.

    By Blogger ktr, at 2:34 AM  

  • Like I said, Hugh is a delegate (Backs isn't). That said, he's in the same situation in that he's supporting a bottom four candidate - he's simply made it known that Kennedy is his choice to lead the party (among the four who actually have a chance to lead the party).

    I've re-worded the language slightly in the post to explain this a bit more clearly.

    By Blogger calgarygrit, at 3:27 AM  

  • This may sound shallow, but I think it's relevant - Kennedy should button his jacket closed for photos, or wear a different tie. He doesn't look PM material in that photo. It seems to me his posture is slouching a bit, maybe that's it. In the end, I do think these little things add up. They are not the Most Important Thing, and should be attended to as Little, but they make a difference.

    Anyway, good on him, congratulations.

    By Blogger Jason Bo Green, at 8:48 AM  

  • MLA's mean noting, just like MPP's in Ontario.

    By Blogger s.b., at 11:25 AM  

  • Huh?

    MPPs were huge for Kennedy doing so well in Ontario. The Ontario Liberals are tightly linked with the Federal Liberals and made their organizational support key.

    Nice afternoon news CG.

    By Blogger Dan McKenzie, at 4:56 PM  

  • I'll restate MPP's mean nothing. Kennedy doesn't stand a chance and I have other first hand knowledge of what tactics were used to gain Kennedy delegates in Ontario and it has nothing ot do with grass roots support.

    By Blogger s.b., at 5:21 PM  

  • S.B. As a "keeper of the grassroots" flame, why do you yourself stratify Liberals? MPP's mean as much as members, supporters, MP's, delegates...they are still Liberals. They are no less valid because they hold a provincial position.

    By Blogger LiberalAtHeart, at 9:38 PM  

  • fair enough cg

    By Blogger ktr, at 10:56 PM  

  • Shoshana, for god's sake, shut up.

    By Blogger Jason Bo Green, at 12:05 AM  

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