Wednesday, November 19, 2008

We Interupt this Liberal Leadership Race... bring you the following news stories - now (mostly) leadership news free!

1. Peter Miliken pulled off a dramatic 5th ballot victory in the Race for Kingmere. Although I thought he might lose this time, can you really blame the children for not electing a teacher on a promise to “get tough” with them when they misbehave?

2. In less exciting parliamentary news, today was throne speech day. Given the lack of specifics, there's rarely much in a throne speech to get too excited or too angry about - I would however like to express some concern over the promise for “a charter of open federalism”.

3. For those worried the end of the US election would make Nate Silver any less awesome, fear not! Check out this interview on 538 with John Ziegler on an Obama "push poll" Zogby ran. Warning - it is not satire, it is the actual interview.

4. And then there were (still) three. Martin Cauchon is out of the race for Liberal leadership - that's a shame, Cauchon would have brought a lot to this race.

5. Jean Charest now leads 44% to 33% in Quebec. For a reference point, in 2003, Charest led the popular vote 46% to 33% to 18%, and the seats broke down 76-45-4. So, for the moment, it looks like the man is in majority government territory.

6. The new seating chart for the HoC is out and...look who wound up as seat-mates! How long before someone declares a thumb war?

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  • I understand that, when Milliken was thrown at him, Dion actually dropped him.

    By Blogger Möbius, at 7:29 PM  

  • Peter Milliken hardly looks like the reluctant one in that photo.

    By Blogger Rob, at 9:06 PM  

  • I bet you regret not climbing aboard the Milliken train while you had the chance! CHOO CHOO!!!

    By Blogger James Bowie, at 5:20 AM  

  • Wow... I was honestly not aware that the Speaker had an official residence.

    Isn't that kind of insane? I mean, frankly I think Stornoway is going a little far!

    By Blogger saphorr, at 3:02 PM  

  • saphorr,

    I disagree. I think the key is to make the speaker's job so desirable that the speaker cares more about their job than their party. Because the speaker is elected anonymously by all parties, an impartial speaker will almost always do better than a highly partisan one.

    Secondly, it isn't like the government bought Kingsmere - it is William Lyon Mackenzie King's old home. I could think of no more appropriate occupant than a short, workaholic bachelor who even kind of looks a bit like King.

    By Blogger hosertohoosier, at 3:23 PM  

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