Monday, September 28, 2009

Coderre: Allowing grass roots to have a say in nominations is a slap in the face to the grass roots

MONTREAL - Liberal stalwart Denis Coderre has resigned as the party's Quebec lieutenant and defence critic.

He says he will remain a member of Parliament but no longer believes he has the confidence of his leader, Michael Ignatieff. Coderre has expressed support for the leader, but fired a shot in Ignatieff's direction at a news conference in Montreal this morning.

He says events of recent days send a message that the Liberal Party of Canada is run by Toronto advisers - not by party members close to the grassroots.

Also, be sure to check out Wells and Delacourt.



  • and he picks today to do it. nice.

    By Blogger Scott in Montreal, at 12:30 p.m.  

  • Hey, Coderre - we've had PM's from out west - Joe Clark and Kim Campbell and now Harper.

    We've had PM's from Quebec - Mulroney, Chretien and Martin.

    Perhaps it is Ontario's turn for a change.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:42 p.m.  

  • I say good riddance to bad rubbish...what an arrogant pr@@k.....signed granny from montreal

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:47 p.m.  

  • Na Na Na Na
    Na Na Na Na
    Hey Hey Hey
    Goodbye ...

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:51 p.m.  

  • When is the fruit basket for Layton being delivered?

    By Blogger Greg, at 12:53 p.m.  

  • He proved to be a thorn in the side of Turner way back when, too. Nothing shouts "I believe in grassroots" than sulking in the corner after you've been called out for hording the cookie jar.

    By Blogger rockfish, at 12:53 p.m.  

  • once again people are only thinking very small ,in their own back yard. look, it dose not matter were the PM comes from or who she or he is , only that they are the best for all of canada ,come on get out of your back yard gregory p

    By Blogger Unknown, at 1:06 p.m.  

  • Heh. The Liberals say they have no confidence in this government and will work to defeat it, when confidence in the leader of their own leader is shaken badly to the point that spats like this spill out for public consumption.

    The same exact thing happened when Dion turfed Coderre as defense critic. Circle the wagons if you guys must, but Ignatieff is on borrowed time.

    By Anonymous Grant, at 1:12 p.m.  

  • Given how Coderre treated Dion, Michael Ignatieff better watch his back.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:22 p.m.  

  • Coderre was on the ground running in Quebec, getting 90% those Liberal canidates in place. Federal politics in Quebec, particularly the Liberal variety, is its own animal. Where do you think those candidates are going to lean when the time comes to call upon them?

    He hasn't even been in the leader's chair for a year and already Ignatieff is screwed. Its like Dion all over again.

    By Anonymous Grant, at 1:33 p.m.  

  • That's the problem with Cordere. He is too opinonated and too radical to even have in the cacaus. If he were in Harpers government and did this, he would have been tossed out on his head pronto. Maybe he's being offered An olive branch by the dictator if he makes waves. I wouldn't be at all surprised if that came to pass. For all you nayers, this is my ownopinion and so buzz off. Anything happens when it comes to the Reform/Con party dosen't surprize me one iota

    By Blogger marie, at 1:47 p.m.  

  • ok , now have your say and move on , we wast way to much time on this kind of thing , and not enough tmie thinking about what will make us a better canada!

    By Blogger Unknown, at 1:56 p.m.  

  • Too many Toronto advisors in OLO and LPC office.

    Time for a change.

    Alf Apps should step down and let someone from outside of Toronto be partypresident.

    The Party must be more than Toronto and Iggy had better start understanding that.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:20 p.m.  

  • This notion that there are a ton of toronto people in the OLO and LPC is bullshit. The vast majority are francaphones. Taber did an article on this recently.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:57 p.m.  

  • Anon2:57: What's a "francaphone"?
    Iggy needs some advisors who know what the hell is going on in QC. This whole thing could have been easily avoided.
    Maybe this will be the wake up call that came too late for Prof Dion.

    By Anonymous OutremontLib, at 3:22 p.m.  

  • "the Liberal Party of Canada is run by Toronto advisers"

    A nice quote for the BQ to use in the next election.

    By Blogger nuna d. above, at 4:34 p.m.  

  • "the Liberal Party of Canada is run by Toronto advisers"

    A nice quote for the BQ to use in the next election.

    - - - - -

    Actually that's exactly what I thought when I first read that line. Coderre's stupid sour grapes just helped the Bloc score a few undecided and soft-nationalist votes away from the Grits.

    By Blogger Tof KW, at 5:57 p.m.  

  • Iggy is surrounded by the same team that snatched defeat from the jaws of victory in 2006. It will be interesting to see what that group of people can accomplish in the upcoming federal election.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:03 p.m.  

  • i forgot; their not only libs on this blog

    By Blogger Unknown, at 8:35 p.m.  

  • Wow -- Ian Davey really is the "rainmaker"... cause there is a whole sh*t storm raining all over Iggy. Well done Ian, well done indeed -- hard to come out from Dad's shadow isn't it big boy?

    By Anonymous Irritable Canadian, at 8:35 p.m.  

  • I don't know what to think. I always saw Coderre on the news (especially French news). He was one of the stronger ones in the Liberal party. I support Mr. Ignatieff but I'm really ticked off that he'd let something like this happen while we're sliding in the polls and threatening the government with a confidence motion. Wouldn't it have been wiser to keep the guy happy until we win the election? To me (or maybe it's the media), it seems like Ignatieff can't catch a break. For the first time (and I'm a real Liberal), I'm actually angry at Ignatieff for letting this happen. Weren't we trying to win with Quebec support?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:36 p.m.  

  • His plan is simple and clear, he wants to hurt the party, so it loses again, so he can grab the leadership for himself. Frankly, anyone willing to put the country at risk by giving Harper a majority to get his own personal dreams fulfilled is a very dangerous person.

    By Blogger Unknown, at 1:24 a.m.  

  • I'm also offended at the idea that because the brass is from Ontario that it's time to change. Lets review.

    The Tories.
    2004-2009. Brass from the west
    PC Party, back when they mattered, from 1984-1993 were run out of Quebec. The PC Party was run from Ontario for quite a long time - mostly the time they spent losing elections; their only two wins during this time were from westerners.
    The Reform Alliance was run out of the west from 1988-2003
    The Liberals were run out of Quebec from about 1940-2008
    Now, finally, a major party is going to be run from Ontario. And what? OMG how horrible.

    Frankly, I'm sick and tired of all this BS. Ontario beat both Quebec and Alberta to the punch and should become it's own country

    By Blogger Unknown, at 1:45 a.m.  

  • I can't help but chuckle whenever Denis Coderre's leadership ambitions get mentioned...

    By Blogger calgarygrit, at 9:44 a.m.  

  • Question: why does the Liberal Party need a Québec 'lieutenant' ? It sounds so 19th century. Isn't it essentially a middle-man between the leader and the grassroots?

    By Blogger ChrisInKW, at 9:56 a.m.  

  • Why not change the name of the Party to "Bloc Torontois" and be done with it.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:10 a.m.  

  • Iggy, Cauchon, and Coderre destroyed in one week. Now it's up to Jack as to whether or not to give Harper a majority and Trudeau 4 years of training at Stornaway.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:40 a.m.  

  • Not a good day for MI. He looks bad any way you look at it - did he err in choosing Coderre to be in charge or in contradicting his decision?
    Quebec decisions made in Toronto wll hurt.

    By Anonymous Davey, at 1:38 p.m.  

  • I can't help but chuckle whenever Denis Coderre's leadership ambitions get mentioned...

    He's truly a dick. Now you're starting to realize why conservatives can't stand him, and it ain't because we're irreparably partisan. Addition by subtraction, I'd say.

    By Blogger Möbius, at 8:05 p.m.  

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