Sunday, May 06, 2007

Leaders and Leadership

1. Sarkozy victorieux!

2. Andre Boisclair is drawing fire from within the PQ, and prominent sovereignist Yves Michaud has called Boisclair "childish". (no doubt this arrogant comment will rouse the distracted giant and lead to many attacks against Mr. Michaud from Quebec bloggers)

3. The provincial PCs held their annual convention in Edmonton this weekend. Usually it's hard to get media coverage of a policy convention but they succeeded in grabbing quite a few headlines, as far away as Calgary:

Tories express Anti-Calgary sentiment
Alberta divide appears to be growing

EDMONTON - A ripple of anti-Calgary sentiment seemed to permeate the Progressive Conservative convention Saturday in Edmonton, with samples coming in both noise and numbers.

Mayor Dave Bronconnier's political tactics were the target of rowdy party members, then Calgary candidate Joe Lougheed -- son of former premier Peter Lougheed -- was rejected in his run for Tory party president against Edmonton-area candidate Marg Mrazek.

But the most palpable moment came when a crowd of more than 1,000 Tories gave Premier Ed Stelmach a raucous 40-second standing ovation, after he attacked Bronconnier -- who wasn't in attendance -- over the mayor's claims a lack of provincial dollars are delaying LRT expansion.

They were also quick to put Stelmach's keynote speech up on Youtube. Since, as a Liberal, I feel it's in my party's best interest to have as many Albertans as possible hear Ed Stelmach speak, I present the clips for everyone here to peruse.

(clip 1, clip 2)

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  • Stelmach hasn't shown me anything so far. Interesting strategy a little like the classic run against Ottawa strategy of Ralph since they can't do that run against Calgary.

    By Blogger jmnlman, at 8:50 p.m.  

  • If Stelmach's being leader doesn't increase the Liberal's seat total in the next election, I don't know what will.

    By Blogger Brandon E. Beasley, at 11:53 p.m.  

  • whatever dan

    you know that wasnt the stupid comment

    either way i underestimated the french press, they reported Justin "turned his back on bilingualism"

    By Blogger Anthony, at 2:03 a.m.  

  • If fast Eddie is a rural protest vote against the cities, then he can't have any staying power over the long term. Good God, he's been Premier for a short time and already we have no sense of where he intends to take the province. It could be that rural Tories are just plain tired of the corporatization of the party.

    By Blogger Sean Cummings, at 7:12 a.m.  

  • Holy cow. I tried to watch that first clip, and fell asleep. Whatever else can be said about him, I wouldn't list "engaging" or "charismatic."

    By Blogger Gauntlet, at 11:06 a.m.  

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    By Blogger Michael Lagace, at 3:14 p.m.  

  • I agree with Mr. Gauntlet's comment. I think Stelmach is trying to lead Alberta into nervous public speaking and a convincing lack of conviction in speech!

    By Blogger Michael Lagace, at 3:15 p.m.  

  • I can't decide what was more exciting, Dishwater Eddie's speech, or the dazzling graphics projected on the screen behind him.

    Maybe the title should have instead read: "All are bored"

    By Blogger The Anonymous Green, at 4:14 p.m.  

  • This government is sad and tired. Unbelievable how little it has done for the people who elect it.

    He is probably a pretty nice guy, but he is proof that "anyone" can run for office, say nothing, be elected, and do nothing.

    By Blogger Mercury Rising, at 4:54 p.m.  

  • What I find funny is that Stelmach still looks good compared to the leader of a certain Federal Party at the other end of the political spectrum.

    By Blogger Paul, at 6:16 p.m.  

  • Beauty is in the eye of the nose holder.

    By Blogger The Anonymous Green, at 6:21 p.m.  

  • zzz.

    Wow, he is dismal.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:53 p.m.  

  • Wow. I'm glad I didn't bother to click, having already snoozed through a speech at a friggin' family reunion.

    I don't give a damn if he's of Ukrainian descent (as am I, and my mother will KILL ME should she ever find this comment on the internet, thank God she stops at POGO), he just isn't cutting it.

    We need a new gov't. What are the Greens looking like these days? 'Cuz history tells us it won't be the Liberal Party of Alberta winning the day. Pigs haven't yet learned to fly.

    By Blogger Candace, at 2:16 a.m.  

  • 65,000 land-owning farmers and the energy industry run the province. I don't see any reason why Stelmach can't keep those pillars happy.

    By Blogger Simon, at 4:47 p.m.  

  • Bring back Klein! When I vote for a Tory, its because I like it when he throws change at homeless people!

    By Blogger french wedding cat, at 5:08 p.m.  

  • By Blogger raybanoutlet001, at 9:32 p.m.  

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