Friday, May 01, 2009

More Short Convention Updates - Friday

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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...


  • "He carefully avoided weighing in on the youth amendment though."

    So is he in favour, or opposed? Or is he unwilling to lead on the issue, being of such great import?

    Seems to me the Liberals at least deserve to know where their Leadership Candidates stand on significant issues before they formally select their leader. Oh, sorry, that was when the LPC thought that voting for a leader was important, instead of just choosing Dear Leader as you're instructed.

    I still think you deserve to know where he stands before the vote. Don't you?

    By Blogger paul.obeda@, at 12:15 a.m.  

  • Do Ontarians a favour and keep McGuinty in B.C. will 'ya Grit. Both he and we need a vacation from each other.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:10 p.m.  

  • just a correction

    yes,in '68 Michael was a Trudeau organizer;but Goodale worked VERY hard against Trudeau;he was a supporter of Joe Greene

    By Blogger oshawasfinest, at 7:34 p.m.  

  • The chap is definitely just, and there is no doubt.

    By Anonymous, at 2:36 a.m.  

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