Thursday, September 04, 2008

Nomination Watch

-Jets star Thomas Steen is going for the Tory nomination in Bill Blaikie's old riding. The NDP nomination meeting is set for this Sunday, with MLA Jim Maloway among the three candidates vying for the nod. I know some people are going to disagree with me, but I'd be willing to put money on Steen netting this one...that seat is ripe for the picking with Blaikie gone.

-It sounds like David Emerson will not be running again.

-Palliser MP Dave Batters will not be running again, due to medical reasons. Batters knocked of Dick Proctor to win this seat in 2004 and won by 10% over his NDP opponent last time. This Liberals will be running a former Regina police chief in the riding.

-The Liberals anounced a star candidate in Manitoba today, convincing Bob Friesen, president of the Canadian Federation of Agriculture, to run against Steven Fletcher in Charleswood-St. James-Assiniboia. Hopefully this will help the party's credibility with the farming community.

-Former PC MP Andre Bachand, who called said the idea of a merger between the PCs and Alliance "gives me a rash and no dermatologist can fix this problem" must have found a good dermatologist, because he'll be the Conservative candidate in Sherbrooke. It's definitely a long shot riding for Bachand, but he's pretty much guaranteed a cabinet position if he wins, so it may not be a bad gamble on his part.

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  • CG,

    Is it just me or is it really dumb of the Liberals to run a "star" candidate like Freisen in a suburban seat like Charleswood, where Fletcher is going to win, instead of running him in the open Portage seat where the lack of an incumbant and the fact that it is a farming riding might play better?

    But whatever, were going to lose all 14 races in Manitoba anyways

    By Anonymous Tobian, at 10:35 AM  

  • I don't know Manitoba inside out but, yeah, it does seem like there would be more obvious seats for Friesen.

    By Blogger calgarygrit, at 11:47 AM  

  • Portage-lisgar surived the 1993 liberal landslide. Having Friesen run against Flecther gives Flecther a challenge in his riding which would prevent him from sending to many resources to St. B or WPSC.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:50 AM  

  • Well we both Selkirk Interlake and Brandon would have been better than Charleswood...and Fletcher is not going to break a sweat over this "star". Like anyone in St. James or in Unicity cares about the Wheat Board.

    As a Manitoba Liberal I am predicting right now that we won't have a single Liberal MP after this election. The Tories are gunning hard for our two Winnipeg seats, held by two weaker MP's and Keeper without Bev as an independent to split the Dipper vote is going down too.

    And we have no chance in hell of picking seats up. Bruniooge wins his by 1000+ votes.

    By Anonymous tobian, at 12:07 PM  

  • "he's pretty much guaranteed a cabinet position if he wins,"

    So you're saying the Liberals are going to lose for sure? I think Bachand could also be a leadership contender down the road.

    By Blogger nuna d. above, at 12:46 PM  

  • Please find some more Jets to run! How about Doug Smail? Laurie Boschman or Morris Lukowich available?

    By Anonymous Lucien DeBlois, at 1:14 PM  

  • Does anybody have an idea of how much money the Liberals have in the bank for this one?

    I think this election reflects the problem with spending limits. They make sense, and can be set at sensible levels for 4-5 year majority terms, but not for minority governments. The Conservatives have managed to fill up the kitty in under 3 years, and so have a strong incentive to call an election, before the Liberals and NDP do the same.

    They should just do away with spending caps altogether - the real problem is in influence, and you address that by limiting how much people can donate.

    By Blogger hosertohoosier, at 3:02 PM  

  • nuna; If the Tories win that seat then, yeah, it's a safe bet they're going to win. A win there probably means 20-30 seats in Quebec alone.

    By Blogger calgarygrit, at 3:20 PM  

  • h2h; Tories, Libs, and NDP all say they'll spend the maximum during the campaign.

    Of course, the Tories are burning through cash pre-writ now.

    By Blogger calgarygrit, at 3:21 PM  

  • Running a star candidate against Fletcher IS no doubt intriguing, but, given the fact that Fletcher comes into this campaign with a 2-0 record against star Liberal candidates, do the Liberals really think this will help?

    I agree with past comments, if they want him to win, they could put him in an easier riding.

    By Blogger BCT 2.0, at 6:53 PM  

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