Friday, May 01, 2009

Convention Update

I'll have some pictures and more detailed updates later this afternoon but, for now, a few random convention observations on Day 1:

Thursday 9 am: The (provincial) Liberal signs here are blue...go figure.

Thursday 11:45 am: Michael Ignatieff shows up to register, drawing dozens of excited "Michael! Michael!" chants. I suspect the signs, noise makers, chanting, and "spontaneous" demonstrations we saw in Montreal won't be as common this time around.

Thursday 12:00 pm: I'm in line to register as media for the convention...I spend 5 minutes explaining to local reporter behind me the different between "right wing" and "left wing".

Thursday 12:30 pm: No chants. No tambourines. But there are buttons! And t-shirts!

Thursday 2:00 pm: The common consensus appears to be that the free delegate souvenir bags are not as nice as those given out at the last convention. But there is free Liberal stain remover in them! (insert own joke here)

Thursday 8:00 pm: No Michael Ignatieff t-shirts anywhere but there are dozens of blue "Vote Steve" shirts. Yes, they're in reference to the VP English party position race, but they seem a bit out of place at a Liberal convention.

More to follow later...

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  • "The (provincial) Liberal signs here are blue...go figure."

    once more . . slowly for you.

    It is the BC Liberal Party. It has 0.0% affiliation with the LPC. The is now Provincial Liberal Party in BC.

    The BC Liberals are a coalition of "anyone but the BC NDP Socialist horde that is really just a sock puppet for the BC Federation of Labour (Maoist, Lenininist, Trotskyist Local Chapter)

    By Blogger Fred, at 4:54 PM  

  • once more . . slowly for you.Not patronizing at all there.

    That the BC Liberals are their own party (as with the Ontario and Quebec Liberals) hardly needs to be said; it also needn't be said that blue is not, anywhere, the traditional colour of parties called Liberal (or just liberal in general). Quite apart from everywhere else in Canada, the international standard is blue = Conservative, red = Liberal (or Labour, etc.).

    The US has a giant case of amnesia about this after the networks started the reverse red/blue state thing in 2000; if you look at electoral maps printed before the 2000 election, the Democrats are red.

    By Blogger IslandLiberal, at 6:10 PM  

  • Not in 1992. Georgia and the northeast are shown in blue in the picture linked below. Both went for Clinton.

    http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://static.guim.co.uk/Guardian/media/gallery/2008/nov/04/tvnews-ustelevision/1992-4930.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/gallery/2008/nov/04/cnn-election-coverage-tv-news%3Fpicture%3D339282747&usg=__uIHCdDCirvaUitsHg7kPVLeJX7M=&h=390&w=630&sz=253&hl=en&start=1&um=1&tbnid=jsWDxHO7UekuUM:&tbnh=85&tbnw=137&prev=/images%3Fq%3D1992%2Belection%2Bcoverage%26hl%3Den%26sa%3DG%26um%3D1

    By Blogger hosertohoosier, at 6:21 PM  

  • There was no clear standard pre-2000 (in that year, the networks all sync'd up); to this day, neither the Democrats nor the Republicans have official party colours.

    By Blogger IslandLiberal, at 6:52 PM  

  • The Steve Kukucha shirts are Blue, Green and White, which may be familiar to hockey fans as the colours of the last Canadian team in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. I thought that was kind of clever, but then again I'm a Vancouverite.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:23 AM  

  • "That the BC Liberals are their own party (as with the Ontario and Quebec Liberals) "

    No no no . . . NO NO NO affiliation with the Liberal Party of Canada or anything else.

    Totally unique, not LIBERAL.

    Jeez you guys are thick.

    Explains why you are Liberals

    By Blogger Fred, at 5:19 PM  

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