Thursday, October 18, 2007

Star Candidates

For the first time in recent memory, there's good news for the Liberals in Quebec, with Marc Garneau agreeing to run in Westmount - this after a fairly public feud between him and Dion last month.

There was good news for another Quebecois star candidate as well today, as Justin Trudeau and Sophie Gregoire gave birth to Xavier James Trudeau. And, wouldn't you know it, little Xavier shares a birthday with his grandfather. Since it's never too early to start planning these things, may I suggest the following slogan for the 2059 Liberal leadership race: "Mark an X for Xavier".

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  • When the best news you've had in months is that Marc Garneau changed his decision about leaving politics, it's not going well. But, yeah, I'm quite happy about it. Westmount-Ville-Marie's a safe seat (if there's still such a thing), and I hope to see Garneau in the Commons as a minister as soon as possible.

    It's sad to see Lucienne Robillard leave though, I'd grown quite fond of her, and she contributed greatly to the Liberal Party.

    By Blogger jeagag, at 9:58 p.m.  

  • The last thing we need is another trudeau...

    I guess whenb you are down as much as dion you take any victory you can get.

    By Blogger Unknown, at 10:06 p.m.  

  • Can we find a riding for Xavier?

    By Blogger Jeff, at 11:23 p.m.  

  • Thank god for good news. Finally Liberals working together. Let's hope this is the start of the turn around.

    By Blogger The Riel One, at 12:56 a.m.  

  • Truly, the Liberals have turned an historic corner.

    They have somehow, with great effort, manage to overcome the odds and convince someone who lost his last bid for election *and* who went public with his gripes against the leader not a month ago, to run under the Grit banner in the safest Liberal seat in Quebec, by handing the nomination to him on a platter....

    By Blogger Jason Hickman, at 1:04 a.m.  

  • I don't see what all the hype is about Garneau. He went into space.. so what. He lost in the last election and then turned on the party leader during the week everything was going wrong. Definitely not a first round draft pick.

    Someone convince me why this guy deserves a safe seat and should be "a minister as soon as possible."

    By Blogger me dere robert, at 7:30 a.m.  

  • It would be good news if the Liberals could have a star candidate run in a francophone riding in Quebec. Where are the appointed female candidates going to run, in rural Quebec where the Liberals are at nine per cent in the polls? It would have been interesting to have Garneau run against Sen. Fortier.

    By Blogger nuna d. above, at 11:34 a.m.  

  • here's hoping Garneau the Star doesn't lose his riding by 10,000 votes this time around...

    and before you blah about handing the star the safest seat in Quebec - before Garneau ran in Vaudreuil, Vaudreuil was a safe Liberal seat! Har!

    By Blogger Tarkwell Robotico, at 12:11 p.m.  

  • I'm not sure what to think... if I were Dion, I wouldn't touch Garneau with a poker after his public criticism of me. OTOH, I wouldn't have let Garneau go for so long without a Yes or No. I don't know what to say.

    I'm pretty sure I'd tell him to go jump in a lake, though.

    By Blogger Jacques Beau Vert, at 4:47 p.m.  

  • I'm not a fan of Marc Garneau. However, the reason this is good news is that it finally shows the Liberal Party under a good light in the media - you know, stuff about mending wounds and all. Like Trudeau, Garneau hasn't done much politically yet, but the average Canadian probably sees him in a higher regard than, say, Marlene Jennings. He's clearly not the brains of the liberal entity, but he can be its red lipstick.

    I'd like to see him as a minister as soon as possible for the reason that it would mean a Liberal government.

    By Blogger jeagag, at 9:48 p.m.  

  • I'd like to see him as a minister as soon as possible for the reason that it would mean a Liberal government.

    Wasn't this used in a freaky time-loop episode of Star Trek: Next Generation, where the cause-and-effect nature of the galaxy was reversed?

    I loved that one!

    By Blogger Jacques Beau Vert, at 11:15 a.m.  

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