Because I can only subject my poor friends and family to my political rantings and ravings for so long.
posted by Ryan Ringer @ 12/02/2006 03:53:00 PM
Gerard will get whatever he wants.
The first thing Kennedy will have to get is a seat somewhere in the GTA. It would be great for the party to have Kennedy's voice on social change in opposition.In opposition it is much harder to get someone to step down from a safe seat - there are few perks that the leader of the opposition can offer.
I've been very impressed with Findlay. She should get something BIG no matter who wins.She's good.
You have to win the election first.....I think Dion is going to take a Mackay style nose dive in the polls. Meanwhile, the passing of the accountability act and the next Tory budget will boost the Tories in the polls. A Quebec lawyer as leader all but solidifies Harper's western support.There's ALOT of work for Liberals to do. I don't see Dionmania happening any time soon.
none.the party's just elected a new leader with no charisma.he can't convince the country like he did the delegation.tell everyone there they dissapointed the rest of us.
I'm no Liberal, never have been and never will be. But Dion does have something going for him and that is his commitment to sustainable development, something Canadians are finally ready to embrace.
Would it not be a good idea for Kennedy to run in, say, The Pas, rather than Toronto? That way, he could be considered a western cabinet minister, and free up a spot or two for other talent from the GTA.Not that, as a Left Coastal, I feel the need for more Toronto cabinet ministers...
Heh, I knew to check Bluegrit, or "clear-grit" now, after watching Dion take the race this morning. I had a strange feeling he would be more than a little happy.It is quite the stretch to assume that Mr Dion is going to win the next election though. While I think it was wise of you Libs to knock off Iggy/Rae, Dion has never exactly spurred up excitement west of Ontario. I believe Dion is an intelligent man, an important attribute when going up against Harper. However, I daresay Dion has come off as even less charasmatic than his socially awkward conservative rival. For the Liberal party/supporters who are always so obsessive over having a charasmatic 'superstar' leader, I think this is going to be a big flaw in his character. I personally have no issue with Dion's English, but the double standard is definitely annoying (IE Kennedy's French supposidly preventing him from being a 'credible' choice). All that said, I imagine he will provide some decent competition for the conservatives in the next election.Oh and Penny don't hold your breath waiting for non-Ontario or even non-GTA high profile members in a "Dion cabinet". This leadership race has almost exclusively been a Toronto/Montreal affair and the only serious member claiming any western roots was Kennedy with his food bank work. In all reality Kennedy is only as much of a westerner as Harper is a Torontonian.
I would suggest giving Kennedy deputy PM or finance minister. I would also give Hall-Findlay a major cabinet post although cannot say yet. The problem here is until one sees the make-up of those elected, it is difficult to make cabinet predictions since a lot depends on what regions the candidates come from, gender balance, the skills they offer, experience, and a whole bunch of other factors. Although I believe Dion will try to give cabinet posts to all those who leadership contenders. I just hope he doesn't include Volpe in his cabinet or at least puts him in the lowest budget ministry so he cannot waste much money.
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