Friday, February 17, 2006

More Leadership News

The Globe and Mail ran a story today on the initial, sort of "pre-writ" stages of the Liberal leadership race, during which potential candidates attempt to stake out issues for their campaigns. Here's a basic rundown of what we can expect from potential candidates:

Stephane Dion wants to concentrate on sustainable development, making it the "third pillar" of Liberal success, along with social and economic development.

John Godfrey wants to move the party left and win back votes from the NDP and the Greens, especially on environmental issues.

Scott Brison wants to offer generous tax credits to businesses which are environmentally friendly (noticing a theme, here?) In addition, he wants to champion tax reform, lower income taxes, and a vigorous defence of the Charter of Rights.

Carolyn Bennett, were she to run, would focus on democratic reform, including more grassroots influence in the party and more role for citizens in policy between elections (and any young Liberal who watched Paul Martin smugly brush aside the last policy convention's adoption of the prostitution legalization motion can definitely empathize with that.)

I wonder what Belinda would run on... "I'll show Stephen Harper how to bake a bigger economic pie."


At 2/18/2006 1:40 a.m., Blogger Cy2 said...

How bout Iggy?

At 2/18/2006 12:43 p.m., Blogger IslandLiberal said...

No, no...Belinda would help George Bush make the pie higher.

I imagine that Ignatieff would have a lot to say on foreign policy matters, some of it right-wing, and a generally left domestic policy.


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