Tuesday, January 16, 2007

This and That

1. Kevin Taft was on the Dave Rutherford show recently and you can listen to the interview here.


2. According to these calculations, Ralph Klein and Shirley McLellan will each be walking away from the Alberta legislature with parting gifts well over half a million dollars.


3. This Decima poll is interesting. More Canadians would prefer a plan which gave a $1,000 tax break to households which take environmental action rather than a plan which would give a $1,000 tax break to every household.


4. If the ugly headlines over Wajid Khan continue, one has to wonder how long it will be before Harper banishes him to a desolate planet.


5. The Hill Times has some speculation on Liberals eying Wajid's old riding. Some of the names they mention:

-Andrew Kania, of 2004 nomination controversy fame, and a key organizer on John Manley's 2003 leadership campaign.
-Khalid Usman, a former city councilor in Markham.
-Charles Soussa, a Royal Bank executive.
-Bonnie Crombie, a Michael Ignatieff organizer

I've also heard a lot of talk about former Allan Rock and Gerard Kennedy staffer, Mandy Maghera, eyeing the seat. Given Dion's commitment to electing more women to parliament, she would certainly be a good fit.


6. Rumour has David McGuinty as the next Liberal environment critic.

39 Comments:

  • But, but, but:

    a. was Taft any good, for those who rely on your concision, wit and judgement?

    b. the Globe article, despite the self-referential and negative 'furor' headline, ran very complimentary quotes about Khan from those he met on his trip.

    By Blogger matt, at 1:10 PM  

  • Didn't Khan's riding executive go with him?

    Maybe Garth Turner should run in this riding.

    An independent might be the only one who can afford to.

    By Blogger Down & Out in L A, at 3:03 PM  

  • a - Taft was good and Rutherford seemed to be directing his guns more towards Stelmach than Taft (although he had his usual digs at the federal Libs). Nothing earth shattering but the "rural versus urban" question has the pottential to be big.

    b - the Globe article did detail Khan's visits so it wasn't so bad, although they had an editorial which was critical and a second article on him which was also fairly negative.

    By Blogger calgarygrit, at 3:30 PM  

  • Nobody is looking to the Globe for unbiased coverage anymore. That ended long ago. If they can run something negative about the conservatives they will...

    By Blogger renegadejet, at 3:57 PM  

  • ...like that time the Globe endorsed Harper...knowing that conservatives hate the paper, the endorsement would result in conservative voters giving up on Harper as too moderate and Ontario friendly

    Very very sneaky

    By Blogger Small Town Shyster, at 4:10 PM  

  • Of all the people I think Bonnie has the best chance along with Sat Gosal who was not mentioned and backed by the supporters of Nav bains. I have spoken to most of the candidates (i know them) and the best thing I have seen is the respect they have for other candidates. Some think this is going to be ugly, I think this is going to be rejuvinating for the party/

    By Blogger vsappani, at 6:04 PM  

  • As a Liberal I would not support candidates in that riding unless they happen to be from the visible minority, preferably women of that community. I believe more minorities (sikhs, muslims, hindus, asians, so on) should be elected from areas where they form sizeable part of the community.

    By Blogger mezba, at 6:40 PM  

  • Have come across a new blog that is fantastic. It's "Born With A Tail"'s dad! He's a lifelong Alberta Liberal.

    darrylraymaker.blogspot.com

    By Blogger Scooge, at 7:07 PM  

  • It's no rumour. Mandy is going for it, and she's going to win! And for the commentor above, I think you'll find that she fits the cultural demographic...

    By Blogger Jason E, at 7:18 PM  

  • ya nothing to do with qualifications in the Liberal party as long as you fit the racial and gender profile you're good to go.

    What a bunch of morons you guys are.

    By Blogger renegadejet, at 7:32 PM  

  • It would surprise me if Dion did not appoint a female candidate for this riding.

    By Blogger WestmountLiberal, at 7:35 PM  

  • Who said nothing about qualifications? I think the moron is the one making assumptions based on race and gender. You see a talented, multicultural woman as simply filling the demographic.

    Unfortunately for you, her qualifications are rock solid. She has dedicated most of her life to public service and will make an excellent candidate.

    By Blogger Jason E, at 8:23 PM  

  • I have to agree with Jason, Mandy has proven herself to be a dedicated and intelligent woman. Having had the opportunity to work closely with her I'm very excited to see her put her name forward.

    She can count on my support!

    By Blogger Jay T, at 8:33 PM  

  • 3. This Decima poll is interesting. More Canadians would prefer a plan which gave a $1,000 tax break to households which take environmental action rather than a plan which would give a $1,000 tax break to every household.

    Define environmental action...I think most people think they are already doing some thing for the environment...

    By Blogger eastern capitalist, at 9:02 PM  

  • Regardless of what anyone has proven themselves to be you guys still insist on promoting gender and race above all else.

    Also, no-one has ever said WHY we NEED more women in politics. All anybody talks about is statistical representation based on gender as if any thinking person couldnt tear that arguement apart while drinking copious amounts of beer and chewing gum at the same time.

    I have never heard an argument that one's political attributes or accumen were related to the equipment between their legs. I base my vote on far more important criteria and so should you guys.

    By Blogger renegadejet, at 9:12 PM  

  • Mandy Maghera is exactly the candidate Dion should be recruiting. She is young, well spoken, worked hard in the party and has experience working for Ministers at both the federal and provincial level. The party needs to do a better job recruiting talented and bright young women like Mandy.
    Mandy also understand the needs of the ethno-cultural community in Missasauga, hell, she is part of the ethno-cultural community in Missasauga. If the Liberals nominate a white person in the riding, Khan will be correct that the party is no longer responsive to the needs of the visible minority communities.

    By Blogger Constellation, at 9:30 PM  

  • I have known and worked with Mandy since the early days in Winnipeg - hell she was on my YL Exec back in the day. She's a hell of an organizer, a hell of a liberal and as smart and dedicated as they come. I support her wholeheartedly. Why can only the tories have young people running in winnable ridings. Go Mandy!!

    By Blogger Jeff, at 10:06 PM  

  • With all due respect to some of the commenters here, Mandy Maghera has been gainfully employed for the better part of a decade by the likes of Liberals you may have heard of in passing such as Lloyd Axworthy, Allan Rock and Gerard Kennedy.

    I suspect she must have some qualities in terms of politics or else these gentlemen would not have hired her, retained her and recommended her to those she went on to work with after.

    Several years of consistent and successful work with some of the biggest names in Canadian politics seems to be a bit of a higher caliber than running a car dealership as is the case with the hon incumbent member for Streetsville.

    By Blogger nbpolitico, at 11:01 PM  

  • Liberals and NDP can not afford to ignore this current problem.


    smalldeadanimals.com/archives/005347.html#comments

    It is coming. Protect yourself. Don*t pretend and look the other way. = TG

    By Blogger TonyGuitar, at 1:11 AM  

  • That MLA pension plan needs another look.

    Why can't politicians ever match their benefits to those available to the rest of us?

    By Blogger Down & Out in L A, at 5:03 AM  

  • If the leadership race is over why the reference to possible candidates as supporters of Ignatieff, Kennedy, or others?

    Is there something you are nto telling us?

    By Blogger gimbol, at 7:02 AM  

  • I have to agree with that sentiment.

    Who people backed in the leadership race is no longer relevant.

    One of the most encouraging things that I heard in the last week was that Braden Caley won the Youth Presidency in BC with endorsements from supporters of several leadership candidates.

    Way to go Braden!

    By Blogger Down & Out in L A, at 8:38 AM  

  • I think the Star is ridiculously biased, but otherwise, I think you can find some very fair coverage of news in Canada.

    I remember when Martin apologized to Canada on live broadcast, and CBC headlined it as 'Martin offers "apology" up' (their air quotes), and the Post commended his 'sincere apology'. In a general sense, while the media could be doing far, far better, I don't find partisan bias to be too bad, including the Globe. Actually, I think the Globe might be the best for it (it still sucks and I don't read it, mind you...)

    By Blogger Jason Bo Green, at 9:14 AM  

  • Mandy will make a great MP.

    The only regret I have is that she will be representing an Ontario riding, instead of one here in Winnipeg.

    She would sure be a step up from the 3 Liberal MP's we have in the province right now.

    By Blogger Manitoba Liberal, at 10:18 AM  

  • Who is refering to leadership politics?

    By Blogger nbpolitico, at 2:42 PM  

  • Jeez, I hate to ask an uncomfortable question, but has Mandy Maghera ever held a job outside of backroom politics - you know, a *real* job? Because it seems, to me at least, that this is part of that funny little thing called merit that should be a part of picking a candidate.

    By Blogger The Dilettante, at 5:41 PM  

  • A "real" job? Most jobs are... ever talk to an oil exec and find out how much work they do?

    Political staffers work longer hours for better causes than most in the work force.

    By Blogger Jason E, at 8:06 PM  

  • While "jason e" clearly either runs Ms. Maghera's campaign or is a political staffer himself, I think that all reasonable people - to say nothing of the voting public - would disagree with his statement. Political jobs are acquired not by merit but by familiarity and fealty, and those aren't qualifications that'll get you a job in the real world.

    Since the whole "real job" thing is out for Maghera, does anyone know if she at least has a post-secondary degree? Or is that also asking too much?

    By Blogger The Dilettante, at 9:43 PM  

  • the dilettante,

    Your assumptions about "jason e" are out to lunch. And beg bigger questions: "Why are you attempting to smear a good Liberal?" "Are you Wajid Khan or a Conservative troll or some lowlife?"

    You said: "While "jason e" clearly either runs Ms. Maghera's campaign or is a political staffer himself..."

    I say: "jason e is an engineer working for GM."

    I am not a political staffer but have a high level of respect for political staffers. Your condescending attitude towards political staffers is ignorant.

    MississaugaPeter

    By Blogger Peter, at 10:13 PM  

  • And I say, "most members of the voting public have a level of respect for those that choose to enter the realm of public scrutiny."

    Unfortunately some have no respect for the fact that governments do exist and play a role in people's lives.

    By Blogger Jason E, at 11:18 PM  

  • Nobody's debating the important role that government plays in our lives. I'm a social democrat, for what it's worth, so chances are that I believe more strongly in the role of government than anyone else on this little board.

    But I also happen to believe in the concept of merit, and expect my elected officials to represent that standard. I have no problem with bakers, lawyers, doctors, millworkers, former hockey players, or business people running for office (although I doubt that the general public shares your altruistic feelings about public office). I have a very large problem with people seeking office who have no experience outside the favour taking, favour making world of backroom politics. If there were some element of merit in these jobs, perhaps I'd feel a little less cynical about those who try to hop from them into the big chair.

    I prefer my politicians, in other words, to have lived in the real world, if only for a little while.

    By Blogger The Dilettante, at 12:46 AM  

  • If you so want visible minority female MP why was Jean Augustine, a former deputy PM booted out of her riding so idiot Iggy could parachute in?

    By Blogger billybud, at 10:06 AM  

  • Mandy has had tones of work experience and a post secondary education.

    After working for Glen Murray at city hall (Winnipeg) she worked at a Royal Bank. She also worked as a security guard and did home care to put herself through University.

    When I met her we were both back at school at the University of Winnipeg completing post-degree diplomas in public relations and management.

    I think that why there is not discussion on why it is important to have diverse representation is because it is obvious.

    By Blogger Melissa, at 12:26 PM  

  • Some posters are implying in their points that the current nomination process is wholy meritocratic, which, as anyone who has been involved in them knows, is sometimes not the case.

    Skills and the sort of background that helps in getting a nomination are not always the same that will help the nomineee become an effect MP.

    Accordingly, limited interventions in the nomination process is sometimes in the best interests of the party and the constituents.

    Keep in mind that in many cases, more than one of the nomination seekers is ably qualified to be an MP.

    By Blogger Abrawang, at 1:10 PM  

  • renegadejet said "ya nothing to do with qualifications in the Liberal party as long as you fit the racial and gender profile you're good to go."

    Yeah renegade? well then i guess nothing to do with qualification in the Conservative Party as long as you fit the racial and gender profile you're good to go! (hint, cough, white, cough, male, cough cough). and shall i also add havent gone to university! check out the percentage of conservative MP's who have no post secondary education compared to any other party.

    By Blogger ktr, at 1:10 PM  

  • Obviously you want qualified candidates, but MPs should be representative of Canadians and that means there should definitely a push to see more females, visible minorities, aboriginals, people from diverse backgrounds, etc...

    By Blogger calgarygrit, at 2:06 PM  

  • Bonnie Crombie did in fact win the riding nomination this weekend, however, she must have done it with quite a bit of support from people who qualify as visible minorities. She has a pretty impressive resume and I think people supported because she had a lot to offer the riding. I think the important this is that everyone has their say regardless of race, colour and creed and that the person they choose is the best one for the party. I would hope that no one would pick someone just because they were a visible minority. Politics are about philosphy and public policy and leadership. I think it is more important to get everyone especially women and minorities involved in the political process and then representation should follow - one of the main reason these groups are under represented is that they are simply not running.

    By Blogger Jennith Peart, at 9:49 AM  

  • Bonnie Crombie did in fact win the riding nomination this weekend, however, she must have done it with quite a bit of support from people who qualify as visible minorities. She has a pretty impressive resume and I think people supported because she had a lot to offer the riding. I think the important this is that everyone has their say regardless of race, colour and creed and that the person they choose is the best one for the party. I would hope that no one would pick someone just because they were a visible minority. Politics are about philosphy and public policy and leadership. I think it is more important to get everyone especially women and minorities involved in the political process and then representation should follow - one of the main reason these groups are under represented is that they are simply not running.

    By Blogger Jennith Peart, at 9:49 AM  

  • Mandeep dresses inappropriately
    Does not work well with peers
    Party's n drinks way too much. Alcoholic
    Engages in smearing others to make herself look important
    Does not carry herself in a manner becoming of a Sikh woman
    Has many sexual encounters and takes gifts from married men
    Yea shell make a grate politician

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:10 PM  

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