Monday, November 13, 2006

The World According to Garth

Garth Turner is planning to make a "major" press conference Tuesday.

Bold Prediction: This has the Lyle Oberg false alarm written all over it.


  • It smells to me like someone is realizing his 15 minutes (if he ever had it) is almost up and he's make a last ditch effort to stay in the spotlight.

    By Blogger Scooge, at 3:43 PM  

  • I hope he is doing more than just announcing a shift to the Liberals or Green Party. That would not advance the state of art in opening up party politics and making it more relevant - and trustworthy. In fact the breathless hype would tend to do just the opposite if that was all he did tomorrow.

    He sure know how to play the media - gotta give him credit for that.

    By Blogger Ken Chapman, at 3:44 PM  

  • On his website, Garth says that he has received some letters (three I believe) and the implication is that they came from officials in the Conservative party, perhaps in response to some questions his riding association posed to Stephen Harper.

    I can't see the CPC putting something damaging in writing and sending it to Garth knowing that he has a tendency to seek the limelight.

    Perhaps they have set him up . . .

    Or maybe its the three letters I sent him on CPC letterhead.

    By Blogger Down & Out in L A, at 3:49 PM  

  • Over at his blog, Turner said he won't be announcing any party switches. He's leaving that for the next few months. Terrific.

    He says that this press conference will be all about this government.

    My guess is that he's trying to set the stage for deflecting questions about having to eventually resign his seat, which is what he asked of Emerson.

    I suspect he'll use the word "unprecedented" a lot during the press conference in describing Harper's justification for booting him out of caucus.

    It still doesn't seem enough to justify all this hoopla. If this news is so important, why the wait? Why do we need to get if in a press conference tomorrow starring Garth Turner?

    Could it be that his ego has finally caught up with him? That the bite doesn't match the bark? We'll see.

    By Blogger Dennis (Second Thoughts), at 4:40 PM  

  • First - I missed that Lyle Olberg story, great stuff and thanks for the link.

    I'm sorry Turner won't be announcing a shift to the Greens. I'm not affiliated with them but I do think it's time to have them in election debates, if this is what it takes, then that's what it takes. In the long-run bigger picture, it'd be *a* right thing to do.

    By Blogger Jason Bo Green, at 6:44 PM  

  • Right now he's on CityTV's pundit panel discussing the Toronto area municipal election results with Kinsella, Art Egelton and others. Art was a Toronto Mayor, Warren worked on John Tory's mayoral campaign three years ago, so I know why they're there. Garth...well, he loves a camera.

    By Blogger A BCer in Toronto, at 8:59 PM  

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    By Blogger The Anonymous Green, at 9:20 PM  

  • Having worked with politicians at the provincial level, I will still say that Lyle Oberg is one of the best.

    He always took action and you knew where you stood.

    When the Calgary school board was dysfunctional and couldn't work together, he fired them.

    When educaton needed fresh eyes he formed the Leaning Commission, and to the surprise of many, accepted and implemented over 90 recommendations.

    He showed strong support for school boards and worked with them when Minister of Learning and Infrastructure to help them suucceed with their education and infrastructure plans.

    Have worked with lots of others and had much lower levels of support and commitment.

    By Blogger Down & Out in L A, at 6:32 AM  

  • JBG: The problem is that simply having a sitting MP 'cross' the floor to join you doesn't qualify you for the debate.

    For better or worse the Greens need to earn their first seat the hard way in order to gain legitimacy. May's flirtations with Senators and now MPs is slowly eroding away at the Greens legitimacy. The reason why the Reform was allowed in a debate was because of a byelection in which Deb Gray (correct me if I'm wrong) trounced all others. That showed that the Reform party was truly a new political party.

    That is what the Greens need to do. Gain their first seat legitimately.

    By Blogger SouthernOntarioan, at 12:44 PM  

  • southern ontarioan: "The problem is that simply having a sitting MP 'cross' the floor to join you doesn't qualify you for the debate".

    To quote from the Green Party's website...

    "In the 1988 general election, the Reform Party ran 72 candidates and won 276,000 votes. They didn’t win any seats. By 1993, the only Reform Party seat was held by Deborah Grey following her 1989 by-election. They did not have nor had ever held Official Party status. Although, they did not win a seat in the 1988 election, Preston Manning participated in the 1993 leaders’ debate, based on the 11,154 votes Deborah Grey won in a 1989 by-election with a 47 per cent turnout. In 1993, they ran only 207 candidates."

    I personally think the broadcasters need to set a % of the popular vote as the threshold... otherwise there is an unfair advantage benefiting regional parties who are much more likely to pick up the odd seat if they are only concentrating on a few.

    By Blogger MERBOY, at 4:11 PM  

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