Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Caroling

Jamey Carroll with the game winning hit

Jamie Carroll resigns

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14 Comments:

  • Very clever, Grit. :)

    By Blogger Keith Richmond, at 1:45 PM  

  • That isnt a confirmed resignation yet, CG.

    By Blogger Scott Tribe, at 2:18 PM  

  • I wouldn't have resigned if I were him, but - that's just me.

    I've said many times, "I don't know what I'd do if I were Dion right now - how can you beat these people who are trying to do him in?" In this case, I would have done anything to keep Carroll on and deny these backstabbers any kind of victory. I get the very bad feeling that they smell blood and are ready to bite even harder. We'll see - just a feeling.

    By Blogger Jason Bo Green, at 11:38 PM  

  • I find it hard to get upset about Carroll's comments. Obviously, francophones and Chinese are two different things. At the same time, I don't see the benefit in hiring quebecers just because they're quebecers.

    If, however, Carroll himself is the source of the back-biting comments that have been making it into the press that Ignatieff is sabotaging the party, then he should have been gone long ago.

    Ironic, isn't it, that Bob Rae's words the day after the leadership vote turn out to be prescient. You don't necessarily want to dance with the ones what brung ya.

    By Blogger Gauntlet, at 11:51 PM  

  • gauntlet: I doubt that it was the words but rather the message that annoyed or upset the Quebec Liberals so much.

    They feel that their concerns are being ignored by Carroll and that statement about Chinese was just the straw that broke the camels back so to speak. In my opinion at least.

    But Dion is now learning what Harper learned long ago.. teamwork requires that punishments be applied for those that fail to work as a team.

    By Blogger SouthernOntarioan, at 12:47 AM  

  • poor Steffi, his handpicked party aparatchik turns out to a dud, a political IED.

    BOOM !

    By Blogger Fred . . . :), at 1:33 AM  

  • Too bad Carroll did not apologize immediately and publicly after his ill-advised comment got out into the media. No wonder Dion is now bringing some political saavy Chretien hands into his office. Hope its not too late.

    By Blogger Neil McKenty, at 10:09 AM  

  • teamwork requires that punishments be applied for those that fail to work as a team

    Agreed. I learned it from Captain Kirk first, but yes, you're right.

    By Blogger Jason Bo Green, at 10:24 AM  

  • Today, Dominic LeBlanc (Vice-Chair National Policy and Platform Committee) spoke to us in Vancouver about the platform for the coming election. Dominic is an MP from New Brunswick, and spoke highly of Stephane Dion. This is the feedback I sent him.

    Dear Dominic,

    Thanks for the talk. I was disappointed on a number of points.

    First, you did listen to us. However, you failed to ask us to contact you (or your four person policy group) to establish a dialogue. Is there a process?

    Second, no mention was made of the meager policy consultations done during the last year, and at the Party Conference. Was our feedback (such as it was) in vain?

    Polling gives you feedback from the electorate. However, you still need to grow the Party from within. Is the LPC recovering in Quebec?

    Third, your emphasis was on how money would be spent. I pointed out that this was a tactical consideration. This was marketing strategy with product decisions about the package of benefits to the customers.

    I raised the question of a strategic understanding of our position. Has our mission changed? What is the relationship between the organization and its members, and the country?

    Are we still the ‘natural ruling party’? Do we believe that this loss of power is an aberration? Or, do we accept the will of the people, and become the best opposition party there ever was?

    Aligning the organization with the mission has one important advantage. We are likely to recognize social and political trends that tactical decision-making ignores.

    For example, the separatist threat is waning in Quebec. Therefore, the LPC must find a new role in Quebec. Has the CPC pre-empted the Liberals?

    Polling merely tells you what the voters want in an election. It does not tell you how to survive in a changing environment.

    We are likely to have a series of minority governments. Therefore, we must solidify the organization for a protracted struggle. And, accept the inevitability of sitting in the Opposition benches from time to time.

    Top-down decision making must be balanced with bottom-up consultation.

    I do not believe that the LPC is renewing itself. Instead, politicians and insiders are hoping for a lucky win that puts them back onto a familiar saddle.

    For myself, I will vote against Stephan Harper. On the subject of donations, I will support a few deserving politicians. And, that includes John Cummins in Delta-Richmond East.

    By Blogger JimTan, at 11:41 AM  

  • Hey CG,

    Do you wish that someone in HQ had "Fucking Stupid Idiot" carved onto their headstone?

    (C'mon, as painful as this must be for you, you must be having a grand ol' laugh at our grand ol' party!)

    By Blogger Chuckercanuck, at 3:21 PM  

  • Ohhh! Harper just held a press conference. Amazing! He was polite and quiet as he answered the questions.

    He ate humble pie and said that he doesn’t want an election. He just wants a mandate to govern!

    This fella doesn’t look like the victor of the Quebec by-elections. Possibly the polls didn’t pick up.

    By Blogger JimTan, at 4:05 PM  

  • Yes, well if you want want a mandate to govern without having an election then a bloodless coup is your best option, but even that won't work if you're already the sitting PM!

    By Blogger Reality Bites, at 5:08 PM  

  • Minority gov't does not mean gov't by private members bill.

    You vote for (or fail to oppose) a Throne Speeche and a Budget, don't be surprised when the gov't makes the major planks therein non-confidence items.

    That's what Harper means by seeking a mandate from Parliament.

    By Blogger anonymous, at 7:23 PM  

  • Dominic LeBlanc replies politely.

    Jim,

    Thanks for your email. I appreciate your comments and I will share them
    with my colleagues.

    You are correct that polling, alone, will never give us adequate
    insights into public opinion. The Party structure is also critical. All the
    resolutions adopted in Convention were reviewed at the outset.

    The National Policy Committee of LPC (where Nancy Singh from BC) sits
    has been involved. Any ideas can easily be sent to her or me directly.

    I appreciate the time you took to come yesterday morning and to
    follow-up.

    Cheers. Dominic

    By Blogger JimTan, at 10:22 AM  

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