Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Shadow Cabinet

The Liberal shadow cabinet is (for the most part) complete and can be viewed here. Some interesting choices. It's good to see Mike Savage in there (ACOA), as well as LeBlanc (International Trade), Minna (Women and Multiculturalism) and Godfrey (Intergovernmental). Some of the shoe-ins though are not at all where I would have expected.

For example, I wasn't aware that Ujjal Dosanjh (Defence) had an extensive military knowledge. Lapierre for Industry (I thought for sure that'd go to Stronach, though I guess Transport makes sense for her), and I also wasn't aware that Scott Brison (Environment) was a big tree-hugger. (Though I do look forward to watching Brison and Ambrose go toe-to-toe, as they're both very good speakers.) Also, Ignatieff as Associate Critic for HRDC? He seems less suited for that particular portfolio than Belinda...

The SC is a good mix of Martinites, Chretienites and others, with Hedy Fry and Stephane Dion in there with Ralph Goodale and Joe Volpe. Carolyn Bennett in Social Development seems like a good pick, as does Fry for the Olympics, given her passion for her city. But... uh... Telegdi in Immigration...? Isn't that guy a closet racist or something? I could also gripe about the inclusion of people who are clearly not real Liberals (McTeague, McKay), but they do have seignority.

All griping aside, a strong front bench made up of, for the most part, the names you'd expect to see, showcasing the talent of the Liberal Party - but most certainly a shadow cabinet, as I can't see even a quarter of these people taking on the respective cabinet position.


At 2/22/2006 7:17 p.m., Blogger Toronto Tory said...

Belinda trying to take on Lawrence Cannon should be incredibly amusing.

At 2/22/2006 8:41 p.m., Blogger IslandLiberal said...

Yeah, but he can't beat up on a girl too much or else people feel sorry for her.

PEI gives all we have to the Liberals and all we get is one critic? I'm never voting Liberal again...Wayne Easter was the obvious choice for Agriculture, and he'll do a good job there. He can deliver a really blasting tirade.

There's definitely a healthy mixing up of names and portfolios here; Dion at Foreign Affairs will be good to see.

Prime matchups:

- Brison vs. Ambrose
- Cotler vs. Day
- Dryden vs. Clement

I thought Defence would go to Keith Martin, since he was the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister at one point.

At 2/22/2006 9:35 p.m., Blogger HearHere said...

Did I hear that a guy from Newfoundland is the critic for the Vancouver Olympics?

That can't be right.

At 2/22/2006 11:45 p.m., Blogger IslandLiberal said...

No, a guy from Cape Breton (Rodger Cuzner) is backup to the Critic for the Vancouver Olympics.


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