Friday, August 28, 2009

In a shockingly non-partisan move

Gary Doer to be named Canada's new US Ambassador. Good choice.

Doer is one of only a handful of Premiers to leave at the top of their game in recent years. He's certainly been one of the most underrated politicians in this country over the last decade.

For those counting, this will leave Gordon Campbell as Canada's longest serving Premier.

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11 Comments:

  • My hubby thinks that Harper dangled this carrot in front of Doer, before he resigned.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:10 PM  

  • Part of me wonders whether any of this had to do with the meeting with Layton the other day.

    Maybe he is trying to appease the NDP for the fall session.

    By Blogger Muskoka Liblog, at 8:24 PM  

  • More to do with Obama making it clear that Wilson and his interference in his primary race with Clinton is no longer welcome in DC.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:50 AM  

  • Lots of speculating, Doer paid his dues. Maybe he is just simply qualified?

    By Blogger Alberta Altruist, at 1:09 AM  

  • The NDP in Manitoba has survived by government by being as right wing as the PC government (Filmon) they replaced.
    They have never fixed the health care system deficit left by Filmon (ask the Manitoba Nurses' Union), have consistently made provincial Pharmacare less inclusive and become the Federal Conservatives ally in the tough on crime campaign.
    Doer has consistently been a Harper supporter since the first Conservative minority. His vaunted "new approach" amounts to power without principles.
    As longtime political analyst John Warnock said about the Sask NDP, the Manitoba NDP has become indistinguishable from the provincial Conservatives and will likely suffer the same fate as the Sask NDP as voters cease to see any real difference.
    Doer made a good decision for Doer, that's all.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:46 AM  

  • I think people should check out their facts. Longer premier?

    I don't think so. Maybe currently, but historically - no. For example, Bill Davis was Ontario's premier from 1971 to 1985

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:54 AM  

  • Whoops - meant to say "longest premier"...sorry

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:55 AM  

  • Absolutely nothing non-partisan about this appointment at all, in boss harp's mind it was all about saving Joy Smith's fat ass. That is exactly where Gary Doer would of run as a federal Liberal.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:13 AM  

  • More to do with Obama making it clear that Wilson and his interference in his primary race with Clinton is no longer welcome in DC.

    I continue to be amused that there are still people trying to claim this.

    By Anonymous The Invisible Hand, at 12:00 PM  

  • Anonymous 8:10: "My hubby thinks that Harper dangled this carrot in front of Doer, before he resigned."

    If I remember the news clip correctly, Doer said he was contacted in July. He was told he was Harper's choice and asked if he was interested.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:02 PM  

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