Wednesday, February 08, 2006

We have our first contender! (And other drop-outs)

And it's a name that absolutely no one was talking about. Martha Hall Findlay, whom some may remember as the Liberal candidate in Newmarket--Aurora in 2004, has thrown her hat into the ring to lead the Liberal Party. Asked about her lack of political experience, she responded brilliantly "I absolutely recognize that that's what people will say and I will say, yes, it is bold. But it is a time now to be bold."

Personally, I think she'll make a fantastic candidate. I've always felt sort of bad about her getting the shaft when Belinda defected, since she is a very able woman.

Meanwhile, Gerard Kennedy has ruled himself out.

Also, apparently Martin Cauchon is rumoured to be dropping out. Hmm... keep an eye on that one.


At 2/08/2006 8:45 p.m., Blogger Dan McKenzie said...

Countless what ifs running through my mind. What would have happened if Findlay had got those 700 or so votes to beat Stronach back in 2004.

Well I guess thats only 1 'what if'.

At 2/08/2006 10:54 p.m., Blogger OttawaCon said...

When I saw her bio last spring, I had a bit of nausea about Stronach - I never liked Stronach as it was, but Findlay is practically a polar opposite.

I just don't think the Liberal Party has it in them to select someone like her - if they had that instinct for immediate renewal, the Martin-Chretien fight would have been done in 1993.

At 2/08/2006 11:53 p.m., Blogger Miles Lunn said...

I don't think she has any chance at winning, but I think at least others won't be so afraid to come forward now. I think a lot of them were genuinely worried the Liberals will lose the next election, so hopefully this will encourage more to come forward. Besides with the screw-ups Harper is already making, I think the Liberals have a great shot at making a comeback.

At 2/09/2006 6:23 p.m., Blogger IslandLiberal said...

With Cauchon, he's probably too connected to the Jean Chretien wing of the party (so is Dion, to an extent, but the difference is that Dion has a straight-arrow reputation and is tremendously appreciated).

At 2/10/2006 3:12 a.m., Blogger Miles Lunn said...

Both Dion and Cauchon are Chretienites, however Dion would probably popular due to his clarity act and tough stance against the separtists. Taking a hard-line against the separtists is quite popular in English Canada not to mention it works better in Quebec than pandering to soft nationalists. Separtism was stronger under Mulroney and Martin who were more willing to pander to them then under Chretien or Trudeau who had absolutely no tolerance for them.


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