Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Who you know in the OLO

According to Bourque, CBC, and a few other twitterers, Ian Davey (and maybe a few others) are gone from the OLO, with Peter Donolo taking over as the new Chief of Staff.

Donolo, you'll recall, was Chretien's communications director, and is currently a partner with Strategic Counsel.

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  • Thank god! What the hell took Iggy so long? The party is at a lower standing than under Dion.
    Donolo is strong. A great choice.
    Now let's clean up the rest of the house.

    By Anonymous OutremontLib, at 6:11 p.m.  

  • Bob Rae's team is taking over day to day operations.

    Is anyone shocked?

    By Blogger CanadianSense, at 6:35 p.m.  

  • GOOD!

    Here's who else should go:

    - Sachin Aggarwal
    - Jill Fairbrother
    - Rocco Rossi
    - Karen Redman
    - Leslie Church
    - Warren Kinsella (won't happen, but hey...)
    - Dan Brock
    - The other p*ss-ants who fed at the trough while Ian and the Toronto cabal ran roughshod over everyone else which constitute about 75-90% of OLO.

    Clean house Peter, clean house.

    By Anonymous Irritable Canadian, at 6:40 p.m.  

  • Someone should warn the CBC reporter to start packing his bags for an overseas gig again.

    Pete don't put up with dissenters.

    WK should be his first casualty.

    The smears have only helped the CPC. So I hope he stays....lol.

    Let's hope they continue to avoid all adult conversation and continue barking about logos and evil meanie Stevie.

    By Blogger CanadianSense, at 6:50 p.m.  

  • The Desmarais/Chretien/Rae/Rae slo-motion coup continues.

    Iggy still hasn't figured out "for whom the bell tolls".

    By Blogger whyshouldIsellyourwheat, at 6:52 p.m.  

  • "CBC's Power and Politics program kicked off their show by reporting the talented and capable Peter Donolo, former communications director to prime minister Jean Chrétien, has been hired as the new OLO boss. CTV's Power-Play got word from Iggy's current director of communications, Jill Fairbrother, that no that wasn't the case."

    We'll see what happpens...

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:47 p.m.  

  • The PR screwup of the office changes was a Chretien/Rae black op to make Iggy look bad and incompetent again, even as they are placing more of their people in key positions.

    By Blogger whyshouldIsellyourwheat, at 8:04 p.m.  

  • And so it continues: the Liberals leak, retract, force others to retract multiple times, then finally confirm. And on a relatively minor item (even if it's not minor to the particular parties involved).

    By Blogger Paul, at 10:09 p.m.  

  • So after all this talk on this blog and others about the need for a "democratic, open, fair nomination" in Outremont, Cauchon is getting a de facto appointment with all his competition being hounded out. And yet none of these same bloggers and supporters of the open nomination are saying a word about it.

    See here:

    and here:

    En entrevue avec Le Devoir, Comlan Amouzou affirme qu'il quitte à regret la course. Il soutient que des gens au Parti libéral du Canada (PLC) lui mettent des bâtons dans les roues. «J'ai reçu beaucoup de pressions pour que je laisse la place à Martin Cauchon, même si on m'avait promis une véritable course à l'investiture. Chaque jour, je reçois des appels et des lettres anonymes pour que je quitte», dit-il.

    M. Amouzou affirme que la direction du PLC-Q refuse de lui fournir des cartes de membre, ce qui l'empêche de recueillir des appuis.
    Was it really just about getting Cauchon in, and not really about democratic principles at all?

    I like Cauchon and think he deserved a shot at winning back Outremont, but after being away 5 years shouldn't he have had to prove that he could actually win a nomination in his own riding? Because if he couldn't that doesn't actually say good things about his chances of beating Tom Mulcair.

    Oh well in other news, Donolo is a good choice.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:15 p.m.  

  • Paul - what are you talking about? I checked the CTV site and read nothing about a leak, retraction and then a confirmation. Do you have a link?

    By Blogger Gayle, at 10:52 p.m.  

  • CTV's "Power Play" opened with the rumour of the reorganization.

    A few minutes later, Tom Clark announced that he had been informed the rumour was false, and he issued a retraction.

    Later in the show, Tom Clark repeated the retraction.

    At the end of the show, Tom Clark again repeated the retraction.

    Then we get this: http://www.liberal.ca/en/newsroom/media-releases/16785_statement-from-michael-ignatieff-announcing-leaders-office-reorganization

    I can't begin to guess how Tom Clark felt a few hours later as his show repeated at 8 pm.

    By Blogger Paul, at 11:24 p.m.  

  • So Clark got it wrong and you blame the liberals?

    By Blogger Gayle, at 11:36 p.m.  

  • Sure, Gayle, blame the messenger (Clark) for getting it wrong.

    Clearly, by your own admission, you didn't see the show. But you wouldn't let a little thing like not knowing what the discussion is about get in the way of commenting.

    I haven't made that error in days, myself.

    By Blogger Paul, at 11:43 p.m.  

  • Clearly I haven't seen the show, which is why I asked you about it. I kind of thought that would be obvious.

    You have jumped to the conclusion the liberals first said one thing and then another. Is that what Clark said - because if so you should explain yourself better rather than jump all over people who believe you actually mean what you say.

    If the liberals did, indeed, tell CTV one thing, and then tell them something else, and then something else again, I am surprised that does not appear in the article about the show.

    By Blogger Gayle, at 12:12 a.m.  

  • Gayle, where did I say that "the Liberals first said one thing and then another"?

    I said that CTV opened with the rumour. They presented it as a rumour making the rounds. Which is why I referred to it as a rumour. And as a leak.

    Then, Tom Clark announced that he had been contacted by an official in the OLO and was informed that the rumour was not true. I described his retractions.

    Finally, the Liberals confirmed that in fact the rumour was indeed true.

    This is the approach to Management which they would have Canadians trust.

    By Blogger Paul, at 1:21 a.m.  

  • Paul I watched the clip and Robert Silver the Liberal best friend at the Globe leaked the rumour. Tom did not seem shocked by the announcement. A few minutes later his producers must have been yelling in his ears as Ian, Jill team did not get the "memo" before the leak was made public.

    Paul MI's team could have used this to test where his leaks/rumours are originating from.
    Tom, Robert did look silly and their sources may have been

    By Blogger CanadianSense, at 1:29 a.m.  

  • 'Ian, Jill team did not get the "memo" before the leak was made public.'

    So they found out they were fired on national tv!
    ouch! Brutal way to treat the guy that brought you to Canada to become PM, eh.

    By Blogger wilson, at 2:55 a.m.  

  • It gets better: Joan Bryden posted a story at 9:21 pm on the Metro News site, compounding the chaos by indicating once again that there were no changes in the OLO.

    I don't know exactly what time the Liberals announced the changes, but you don't look good by making the media look bad.

    By Blogger Paul, at 4:58 a.m.  

  • Wilson,

    MI after exiting the wardrobe, he found the article he is less popular than Dion.

    Prince Caspian has demanded justice against the woodland creatures who are not loyal to his reign.


    As an example of the failed immigration Liberal Policy MI fired his consultant for not securing that high paying job at 24 Sussex as promised.

    By Blogger CanadianSense, at 7:40 a.m.  

  • Jill Fairbrother and Dan Brock are the next to go along with Jean Francois Del Torchio.
    This is a done deal by weeks end.
    I wonder if someone will tell them before they see it on the internet.

    By Anonymous OutremontLib, at 8:40 a.m.  

  • Outremont Lib your blast is 8:40 am.

    Why did MI not call him in on Sunday and his team so they would avoid this communicatio and public humilation of Liberals?

    By Blogger CanadianSense, at 9:02 a.m.  

  • "Gayle, where did I say that "the Liberals first said one thing and then another"?"

    Well you said they leaked, and then retracted. How else would you descirbe that?

    By Blogger Gayle, at 9:57 a.m.  

  • //Why did MI not call him in on Sunday and his team so they would avoid this communicatio and public humilation of Liberals?//

    Because the Chretien/Rae folks deal in humiliation. They are taking no prisoners in this coup.

    How long till Iggy resigns? Probably after the Olympics.

    Rae's strategy, since he realized that he could never win an open convention, with most MP's in the Iggy camp, has been brilliant, in first undermining Dion, and now kneecapping Ignatieff.

    By Blogger whyshouldIsellyourwheat, at 11:24 a.m.  

  • This may help, but the problems facing the Liberals are strategic, more than tactical.

    What groups need to be courted so that the Liberals can win a majority government? Who, within the Tory tent, represents the lowest-hanging fruit? How can the Greens be eviscerated, without costing oneself lots of votes in a country whose core industries are big polluters? etc.

    By Blogger french wedding cat, at 7:10 p.m.  

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