The Kennedy forces and the Dion forces are ready to go.
This weekend delegates across Canada will be selected for the Liberal leadership convention later this year. The eight remaining candidates go into this weekend with varying numbers of automatic delegates and high hopes for being the next leader of the Liberal Party of Canada.
In Burnaby, the likely contenders are Gerard Kennedy, who is backed by the Gurdev Dhillon-controlled Burnaby-New Westminster crowd, and Stéphane Dion, backed by the old guard Martinites that include Billy Cunningham in Burnaby-Douglas. Expect those to ridings to have strong representation for their respective candidates.
The Liberal leadership will play a major role in deciding who is in and who is out in the nomination races across Canada. In Burnaby, the key question will be: does Billy Cunningham enter the race if the Dion forces lose control of the party? We should know early next year.