Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Two Quick Links

1. No surprise here - Justin Trudeau has his eyes on Outremont. Glad to see Justin thinking about running. Time will tell how good of an MP he'll make, but he's young, a great campaigner, and a strong federalist - we could use more people like him in the Quebec caucus. Westmount Liberal has the low-down on other nomination gossip out of Quebec.

2. Hill Watch has a very detailed breakdown of the economic benefits and costs of Dion's environmental plan.


The Globe on the disappearing fifth priority and Wells on the disappearing Report of Khan.


  • I don't envy young Mr. Trudeau for a second. He'll be running against the legacy of his father with the added burden of being perceived as the saviour of the Liberal Party. Such high expectations will be hard to meet.

    By Blogger Trav, at 4:16 p.m.  

  • Maybe he should run against the legacy of his mother.

    By Blogger AwaWiYe, at 4:23 p.m.  

  • .Justin Trudeau has his eyes on Outremont.

    Well...it dovetails nicely with Dion's desire for more women in politics. But for the rest of us who are not part of the orgy of infatuation with the name "Trudeau," this act grows more fatiguing with each fawning MSM sighting.

    By Blogger Dr. Strangelove, at 4:24 p.m.  

  • I think it would be better if Justin got recruited for BC where he's lived most of his life, and Dion should make it an effort to recruit Alexandre, who I think is the star of the 2 (no disrespect to Justin intended).

    By Blogger Scott Tribe, at 4:59 p.m.  

  • Scott Tribe is absolutely right on this. Justin should run in Vancouver. He is a very polarizing figure in Quebec. Today's media coverage doesn't seem to be very enthusiastic about an eventual candidacy of Trudeau in Outremont.

    The Liberals of Outremont don't seem to want Trudeau as a candidate. We have to be respectful of the grassroots. There should be an open nomination there.


    By Blogger Phil Larouche, at 5:51 p.m.  

  • I figured him more for running in Vancouver-Kingsway.

    By Blogger Red Tory, at 5:53 p.m.  

  • Trudeau will be one to watch. I'd like to hear what he has to say about a sustainable, green economy.

    By Blogger The Sustainable Future, at 6:21 p.m.  

  • If the Jewish vote in Outremont moves towards the Conservatives and the nationalist vote moves towards the BQ, Trudeau could have a problem winning the seat. Lapierre won with 35 percent last time.

    By Blogger nuna d. above, at 9:08 p.m.  

  • Trudeau would cake-walk Outremont, and I'm a Harpermaniac. Unless we could recruit Celine to run against him in Outremont, then he's toast.

    By Blogger Chuckercanuck, at 9:13 p.m.  

  • If the Jewish vote in Outremont moves towards the Conservatives and the nationalist vote moves towards the BQ, Trudeau could have a problem winning the seat.

    The Tories are an unknown factor at this point (although they've slumped in Quebec recently), but I think it's highly unlikely that there are any Liberal voters left who could be shaken loose to the Bloc.

    By Blogger IslandLiberal, at 11:13 p.m.  

  • Chuckercanuck is either bluffing or doesn't live in Montreal.

    By Blogger Phil Larouche, at 11:32 p.m.  

  • Trudeau needs to be told NO by Dion and quickly. He is challenging the leader with this bid because everyone knows that riding was being saved for an appointment and not for Justin. This is bad news and no one should support it. This seat is for a woman and there are hundreds who are more qualified, competent, and expericenced than Justin.

    Not only is he challenging the leader, he is expecting a safe seat because of who his Daddy was and not putting the promise and platform of more women in the house before his own ambitions.

    Liberals need to get serious about this. There have been men since the beginnning of time who feel entitled to power because of their lineage. Enough already. Its time to say no. Gee with Rae, Kennedy, Garneau Trudeau etc etc etc all expecting safe seats we might as well not even let women apply.

    Its time women weren't just used by this Party to get men elected. its time they were elected.

    I can't even believe this man's candidacy is even being considered.

    If he wants a seat let him work for one, where his name might get him elected.

    Liberals need to say NO to male dynasties.

    By Blogger s.b., at 11:58 a.m.  

  • So long as he runs in a nomination battle, I think he's a perfectly competent and capable candidate. It wouldn't hurt to add a few more federalists to the Quebec caucus and if you look at where the vote has bled to in Outremont the past two elections, it's obvious the Liberal fall was a Lapierre backlash.

    By Blogger calgarygrit, at 12:04 p.m.  

  • His father was a moral coward who sat out out the greatest calling of his generation and totally failed to confront the evil of Nazism.

    He, like his father is a rich kid dilletante.

    Please get him to run.

    Trudeaupia is dead.

    By Blogger Fred :), at 12:25 p.m.  

  • Can anyone get that link to Hill Watch to work ?

    By Blogger Down & Out in L A, at 1:31 p.m.  

  • down & out - I went to hillwatch.com & found it.

    These paragraphs cause a serious chill down my spine:

    "...While the public may focus on the various incentive programs, these are really just the thin icing on a very large regulatory cake. By Mr. Dion’s own calculations, if enacted, in the range of 88%-91% of the anticipated greenhouse gas emission reductions between now and 2012 will be brought about by regulation – not incentives. These regulatory costs will be borne largely by business. Some undetermined portion of these costs will be balanced off by new demand for green products, technologies and services.

    The costs will initially affected selected industries but then tend to be more widely spread via increased market pricing for a wide variety of goods and services. Ultimately, consumers will pay... "

    By Blogger Candace, at 2:13 p.m.  

  • Open nominations favour and encourage white men of priviledge Calgary. IN order to meet 30% and subsequent targets in susequent elections appointments of female candidates will HAVE TO happen. There's no getting around it. And they can't all be in Alberta either. They have to be in winnable seats or it's a farce. Let Turdeau run in a tough riding where his name and cwelebrity might help the Liberals win not a safe seat and let him sit on the backbenches for a while. Outrement is a saved future cabinet appointment seat and Trudeau knows it which is why his bid for this seat is so divisive and disturbing.

    By Blogger s.b., at 4:37 p.m.  

  • While it can be necessary at times, I generally oppose appointments. If the leadership wants to actively seek out and promote women to run for nominations (even make clear that she's their preferred candidate), by all means, but the final choice should be made by the people who will actually be working and paying to run the local campaign, and then (hopefully) be represented by them.

    If Trudeau wants to run for the nomination, let him run.

    By Blogger IslandLiberal, at 4:50 p.m.  

  • The name "Trudeau" cost many of us in the west our homes, our businesses and often our families. So, it is not a name many of us are endeared to.

    That being said, I find it outrageous that the Liberal party will not let DEMOCRACY work. Trudeau has indicated he would run for the seat, and by what convoluted mindset does making an appointment for a candidate make democratic sense????

    I agree we should have more women in federal seats, by all means. Often it is women who are the backbone of many local constituency associations, not men. In many cases it is their influence as to who gets to be a candidate.

    I too find it sad that there is not close to a 50/50 split in the house, but the reality is that many women do not choose to run.

    So, let Trudeau run. If he wins, the Liberal party should endorse him. My hope of course would be that he loses a subsequent election, but that is my political prejudice showing. He probably has a good chance of winning that election, and the Liberal party would be stupid not to celebrate what probably would be a bright young star for them.

    Oh, I forgot, we need to be politically correct!

    By Blogger Andy, at 12:20 p.m.  

  • By Blogger mmjiaxin, at 7:54 p.m.  

  • By Blogger raybanoutlet001, at 9:25 p.m.  

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