More Short Convention Updates - Friday
10 am: A random Vancouverite on the street heckles me on my way down to the convention centre, complaining that the Liberal Senate is responsible for all the crime in the country. C'mon bud, I'm from Alberta - that's nothing.
10:30 am: I had a good chat with Ralph Goodale about making the party competitive in Western Canada. Interesting tid-bit - both Goodale and Ignatieff were youth organizers for Pierre Trudeau during the 1968 convention.
11 am: I missed Iggy's speech to the Young Liberals, but the word is he spent a good chunk of it pushing them to vote for One-Member-One-Vote. He carefully avoided weighing in on the youth amendment though. My sense is that most of the youth are for the amendment, but the rest of the party is very mixed on the idea. If I had to guess, I'd say the amendment squeaks through, and WOMOV is overwhelming passed.
2 pm: My rough count has the NDP and Liberals tied on lawn signs. However, both are well behind the Canucks.
Now, to save you the trouble of reading it in Jane Taber's column tomorrow, the hospitality suite review:
From a quantity perspective, there were a surprisingly high number of suites last night (considering there's not really anything to vote on this convention). Not much food, but the beverages were plentiful. The Alf Apps suite is supposed to have an open buffet tonight which, in my opinion, makes Alf the greatest LPC President ever. Dalton McGuinty is also throwing a party tonight which will, you can be sure, have a few people talking...