Monday, December 04, 2006

Rae in Toronto--Danforth; Kennedy in Calgary West; Hall Findlay in Toronto Centre?

I forget where I saw this suggested originally, but I thought it was a brilliant idea. Jack Layton does represent a swing riding, though very left-leaning. A sufficiently left-of-centre candidate could really give Layton a run for his money, and who better to knock off the leader of the NDP than the former leader of the NDP? If anyone can do it, it's Rae.

Running Rae in Toronto--Danforth would be strategically brilliant for the Liberals. A strong contender in his own riding would force Layton to spend a lot of time there, instead of campaigning for the NDP. If the Liberals are going to win a majority, we need to poach a good million votes from the NDP, so anything we can do to disrupt their campaign would be invaluable.

Were Rae to win, it would be a huge upset for the Liberals and force the NDP into disaray - which would be even more advantageous in the event of another minority government. Rae would be a hero, a giant-slayer. If he loses, aw well. He's had a good run of it.

Meanwhile, Gerard Kennedy's potential to appeal to voters west of Ontario could still be tapped. Were Kennedy to run in a western riding, it could be a huge boon for the Liberals. If he were to run in Alberta, it would send a clear message that the Liberals are willing to reach out to the west by running candidate who, if elected, would play an extremely important role in any Liberal cabinet or shadow cabinet. Where should he run? Well, Edmonton is considered to have potential for the Liberals, but what about Calgary West?

Calgary West, for those who are unaware, is the riding of Rob Anders, quite possibly the biggest pariah in the House of Commons. The most famous thing Anders has ever done was be the one MP who refused unanimous consent to make Nelson Mandela an honourary Canadian citizen, citing that Mandela is, I couldn't make this up, a communist and a terrorist. Anders never appears in the public eye - for good reason, he is an embarassment - and has been the subject of an aggressive campaign by ashamed residents of Calgary West to vote him out and replace him with... anybody. Well, why shouldn't anybody be Gerard Kennedy? It's obviously a vulnerable riding, and I really think Kennedy could win it. Imagine; a Liberal victory right in Stephen Harper's backyard (literally the riding right beside Harper's.) It would be euphoric, no more for anyone than for the poor residents of Calgary West, who have had to put up with their bonehead MP for a decade.

As for Martha Hall Findlay - the other leadership contender with no seat - I wonder where in Toronto she is going to run? Rumour has it that Bill Graham is going to retire, which isn't that far-fetched. He's been an MP for 13 years, a successful cabinet minister, and the interim leader of the Liberal Party. He could retire with pride at this point. That would leave a perfect seat open in which Hall Findlay could run.

Just some speculation.

4 Comments:

At 12/05/2006 12:46 a.m., Blogger LIB YYC said...

Calgary West would be a really bad idea for Gerard. Despite Anders being an asshole and a terrible MP, he continually gets reelected with 55 plus percent. Gerard would get tagged as a parachute candidate almost definitly wouldn't win. He should run in Parkdale-High Park and streamroll Peggy Nash.

 
At 12/05/2006 12:50 a.m., Anonymous Anonymous said...

Agree with lib yyc. Kennedy should run in Ontario. NO Liberal can win Calgary West, especially under a leader like Dion who is a bit weak out West.

 
At 12/05/2006 1:09 a.m., Anonymous Werner Patels said...

Let's not forget that lots of Conservatives even in Calgary are mad at Harper over the income trust thing.

Even one of their riding association officials resigned and wrote a letter to the Calgary Herald saying that he would fight Harper to his last breath. There's plenty of now-ex-Conservatives in Calgary.

Rob Anders is not well-liked at all and the ongoing court case regarding the nomination battle in that riding, and clear proof that Harper has been playing fast and loose with his own party's rules there, has pissed off so many Conservatives that they could be swayed to vote Liberal.

I, myself, have converted a lot of Conservatives in Calgary, who would have voted Liberal for sure if Kennedy had become leader. Now, though, I am sure they can be convinced to vote for Kennedy if he ran out there.

 
At 12/05/2006 5:35 a.m., Blogger Loraine Lamontagne said...

Krieber in Bourassa - or Laurier Ste-Marie?

 

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