Sunday, March 25, 2007

Bag 'o Links

1. Completely off topic, but if you want proof that Quebec is a distinct society, this video makes a pretty good case of it...

2. As much as I loathe SU politics, it's hard not to find this amusing. Daveberta links to the greatest SU debate of all time.

3. Tid Hudak is running The Great Dominion Dust Up on his site to find Canada's most inspiring politician. He's seeded 64 contenders March Madness style in a series of knock-off games. Today's battles feature Ellen Fairclough (7) against Mitch Hepburn (10), and Jean Chretien (7) versus Robert Bourassa (10).

4. TDH has the run down on the Mississauga Streetsville nomination race.

5. The latest Ipsos Reid poll has the Tories up by ten points in Ontario. If the Conservative internals stay in that range then we're definitely going to have a spring election.

6. Quebec is too close to call. Any speculation at this point is about as scientific as a Super Bowl prediction, making Monday's vote one of the most interesting provincial elections in recent memory. For what it's worth, Democratic Space has Charest winning a minority in his seat projections. I'll be sure to post frequent updates tomorrow night as the results roll in.

7. Battlestar Galactica season finale tonight!

8. Signs it's a slow news day. Then again, has anyone seen Reg Alcock since the last election?



  • That Quebec Metro video looks like it comes from the era of Gino Vanelli/Gino Soccio. Are you old enough to know who they are?

    By Blogger nuna d. above, at 6:24 p.m.  

  • A couple of months ago I would totally anticipating the BSG finale - now, not so much. It is sad really.

    By Blogger Greg Staples, at 7:37 p.m.  

  • hey, we do have the prettiest subway system in the world. And just the other day, I got caught up in a chorus line getting off at Peel - and guess what, half the dancers were tourists from Regina. So, not so different afterall.

    By Blogger Tarkwell Robotico, at 7:49 p.m.  

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    By Blogger Peter, at 8:11 p.m.  

  • Is it really necessary to run down a potential Liberal candidate in Mississauga, Ontario, all the way from B.C.?

    It is pathetic that a potential, female candidate for the Liberal party is criticized in this way.

    Yes, TDH (who supported Iggy) has made it clear that he supports another Iggy supporter for the nomination. That's fine. But is it really necessary to run down Christina?

    I have never met Christina or TDH's candidate. But his comments across the country are totally unacceptable. He dishes on Jason Cherniak, and then does this.


    Note the following article:

    Broadcaster seeks Liberal nod in Streetsville

    Joseph Chin
    Mar 12, 2007

    Christina Cherneskey, a popular 15-year Canadian radio and television broadcaster, announced today she will pursue the Liberal nomination in the federal riding of Mississauga-Streetsville.

    "Politics is not an easy calling, but I firmly believe it is an important one," said Cherneskey, who currently hosts a show on CFRB.

    Cherneskey was also active behind the camera, acting as senior producer for CBC's groundbreaking national debate program, Counterspin.

    A resident of Mississauga for the past five years, Cherneskey said her broadcast experience helped lay the foundation for her long-term objective of serving her community and her country in in public office.

    "As a radio and television broadcaster, I have years of insight and analysis," she said. "I have been afforded the opportunity to critically view Canada's political landscape, interview many key politicians and speak to Canadians about the issues that affect us."

    Renowned journalist, author and activist June Callwood has formally endorsed Cherneskey's candidacy.

    "Here's a woman who is savvy about politics, informed about issues of social justice and how to keep communities together, and full of integrity and charm."

    Mississauga-Streetsville was won by Wajid Khan in the 2006 election for the Liberals, but he crossed the floor to the Conservative Party earlier this year.

    By Blogger Peter, at 8:12 p.m.  

  • It is pathetic that a potential, female candidate for the Liberal party is criticized in this way.

    What does it matter if she's a woman? TDH even endorsed another woman for the nomination.

    By Blogger JG, at 8:15 p.m.  

  • Josh Gould,

    Because it is difficult to get women to seek a nomination in the first place.

    Because if we are a party that truly believes in increasing our candidates to better reflect our population, we should be supportful of their efforts (even when they are not our choice).

    Because TDH slanted criticism of Christina "is pathetic" and unwarranted.

    Because TDH criticizes Christina for someone on her campaign, and makes no mention of who his candidate was campaign manager for in the last Toronto mayoralty race.

    In all fairness to the two, good candidates running for the Mississauga-Streetsville nomination, here are their websites:

    I am sure either of them will be an excellent MP after the next election.


    By Blogger Peter, at 8:38 p.m.  

  • The Quebec race is interesting since any of the three main parties could potentially win the most seats. In addition we could see a historical first in Canada: The party that comes in third in terms of votes wins the most seats. My guess is Charest will still win a minority, but the PQ won't be far behind and the ADQ will make a historic breakthrough making them a permanent force to deal with. Some have commented how the Appalaches-Chaudiere region and Quebec city are turning to the right as seen last federal election and now as it appears provincially.

    By Blogger Monkey Loves to Fight, at 10:44 p.m.  

  • A couple of months ago I would totally anticipating the BSG finale - now, not so much. It is sad really.

    Well... I hope you still watched it. Because it's restored some of my faith in the series.

    By Blogger JG, at 11:15 p.m.  

  • Greg; Yeah, the stand alone shows over the past few weeks kinda dragged...but it was a gooder tonight.

    By Blogger calgarygrit, at 11:35 p.m.  

  • I'm delighted that Liberal nominations are being contested.

    And disappointed that some would portray nomination contests as a win/lose scenario. e.g "if my candidate doesn't win, we all lose".

    Truth be known, people who author those messages will always be losers themselves.

    By Blogger Down & Out in L A, at 12:25 a.m.  

  • I love BSG. The finale was gripping.

    By Blogger JimTan, at 1:05 a.m.  

  • BTW, did you catch "Why We Fight?" on CBC? You must see it.

    You can see the context of Dwight Eisenhower's warning in 1961 about the industrial mititary complex.

    Oops! I hope the right-wing guys don't call Eisenhower a leftie.

    By Blogger JimTan, at 5:27 a.m.  

  • Dan, I've always called a 2008 (fed) election. But I admit, I'm wondering more now if I may be in err. It wouldn't surprise me any longer if there was one.

    Season One of 60s Star Trek is my new thing - man, why didn't anyone tell me it was so great?

    By Blogger Jacques Beau Vert, at 8:17 a.m.  

  • Nope, no one has really seen Reg since the last election. He didn't even come to our AGM!

    ~mlle. b.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:42 a.m.  

  • Many thanks, CG, for your link to The Great Dominion Dust Up. Today's battles feature Robert Borden v George Murray, John A Macdonald v Mike Harris, Tommy Douglas v Preston Manning, and Wilfred Laurier v Jean Lesage. BTW, I voted for Borden, Macdonald, Manning & Laurier.

    By Blogger Brian in Calgary, at 12:54 p.m.  

  • 1. hilarious

    3. if she had anything to do with Counterspin, could she really be that bad???

    8. reg is organizing in winnipeg south for a very credible candidate. it will be an interesting nomination race.

    By Blogger canuckistanian, at 1:45 p.m.  

  • Thank you, CG, for posting a link to the Great Dominion Dust-Up tournament on your website.

    We have seen a jump in hits to the site today and it's largely thanks to the support of political-based bloggers such as yourself.

    Remember, new match-ups will be posted every 48 hours until a winner is declared, so keep on voting!

    Thanks again,

    Tim Hudak, MPP

    By Blogger Tim Hudak, MPP, at 3:07 p.m.  

  • 2. As much as I loathe SU politics, it's hard not to find this amusing. Daveberta links to the greatest SU debate of all time.

    My nerdy brain just exploded.

    By Blogger The Invisible Hand, at 8:44 p.m.  

  • By Blogger Unknown, at 4:42 a.m.  

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