Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Liberal Convention 2009: Iggy Nation (Within a United Liberal Party)

I'll be flying out to the notaSeinfeldconvention tomorrow night. And even though it's a leadership convention without voting, or suspense, or novelty tambourines, it should prove to be a good time.

To begin my convention coverage, I've posted interviews with the two Young Liberal Presidential candidates, John Lennard and Sam Lavoie. I'm not a young Liberal anymore, and I'm not endorsing or supporting either of the candidates, so I post the interviews without comment. I know John and Sam - they're both good guys who would do a great job. I must say, I was very impressed with both of their answers on the WOMOV question.

Tomorrow night, I'll have my review of the change commission report, and Thursday morning the Michael Ignatieff profile goes up. From there on in, there will be copious amounts of convention blogging...and, hell, if it turns into a non-event, there's a BC election and a Canucks playoff run to cover.



  • You mean they voted down One Member, One Novelty Tambourine as well back in '06? That's just wrong.

    By Blogger Greg Fingas, at 10:46 p.m.  

  • Not "Seinfeld", but I don't see anything exciting happening for Liberals. The Party announced several discussion topics which were "too contentious" to allow party members to discuss at a convention. The outcome of the Leadership race seems to be rather predetermined.

    I'm just curious what sort of freebies will be provided to avoid becoming a dudfest: will the free snacks be any good? Any useful binders or pens?

    Enjoy the convention!

    By Blogger Paul, at 6:10 p.m.  

  • I see broadcasting policy is terminally dead in Liberal circles thx to Conservative attack ads. Sad for our nation long-term. I don't think we can ever become a post-modern naiton again without policy.
    I'm waiting for Conservative attack ads that mention the environment or even feature the colour green in them. I'm deciding what range of engineering (from Iraq-ing oil sands to bioterror) to learn and just how nutty (from lone natural gas BC bomber to Al-Qaeda) allies I should seek. If Albertans and rich Canadians want this planet dead in the future it must be dead to rich people now. Your move CTV, Global, Albertans and Cons.

    By Anonymous Phillip Huggan, at 12:06 a.m.  

  • ...never again will Canadians be educated about public policy. From now on, like in the USA, Canadian politics will be power struggle between the idosyncracies of media and party leaders.
    Canadians don't fully understand the implications of this. But basically, it means no more functional democracy.

    It is ironic that Ignatieff, the leader who believes Mossad hit squads assassinating whatever Iraqis they don't like (most targets in 2003 were probably killers but I bet a few were great *intellectuals*), and 4 million refugees exitting Iraq to already unstable and poor nations, and losing electricity, and the USA's tarnished reputation and the corrollary geopolitical world-shift that comes with this and will come with this, no electricity hospitals, running water, a lack of civil order to maintain these rebuilt infrastructures, a massive transfer of wealth to Republican contractors and individuals (many with Conservative ties such as the inbred Right-Wing thinktanks), the increase of one trillion in USA debt and about the same in other nations and the future increased risk of USA debt default; Iggy believe all these are worth bringing democracy to Iraq while being the first Liberal leader to witness our democracy in tatters.

    I see no future for this planet under Conservative principles and if no one else will end their dance on the graves of the future, I'll end the party myself. Sad because I thought I had real boomer medical quality-of-living gains advice to offer over the next decade or so.

    By Anonymous Phillip Huggan, at 12:23 a.m.  

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