Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Who will Billy back?

Stephane Dion has been forced out after a poor showing in last week's election. Now the Liberals look to pick the party's 12th leader.

As per usual the field will be wide and full of politicians from Ontario and Quebec. Michael Ignatieff, Bob Rae, Gerard Kennedy, and Martha Hall Findlay are all expected to be back from Ontario joined by potentially John Manley or David McGuinty. Quebec candidates could include Justin Trudeau, Denis Coderre, or Martin Cauchon.

From the rest of the country, Frank McKenna's name is floating around as is that of Vancouver MP Ujjal Dosanjh. It is unlikely all of these enter the race, but the field should be large and competitive between Gerry Lenoski's favourite, Michael Ignatieff, Bob Rae, and a third candidate. Who that third candidate is will be known in the coming months. Whatever happens, the race should be a nasty one as this is likely the last chance for many of the old guard.

No word yet on which of the many leadership hopefuls that passed through Burnaby will get the Bill Cunningham seal of approval.

21 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Probably whoever will let him run next time around again.

Ujjal will not be anywhere close to the leader. The Liberals already tried a guy who couldnt speak English. Last thing they need is a guy who cant speak French.

10/21/2008 8:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

100% true.

This "who will Bill Cunningham back" is getting to be nonsense.

Bill has lost three times, and why do people think this guy is some kind of political hero?

and why this silly "seal of approval from Bill Cunningham"?

Only in politics are failures like Bill are rewarded.

Doesn't happen in business. If you fail or not up to the task, you're out the door.

10/21/2008 9:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

More importantly, who does Lee Rankin support for Liberal party leader?

There is no greater backroom boy for the Grits than our irrepressable and longest serving member of city council.

10/21/2008 11:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If so, then why were all the TEAM people helping out Mr. Leung?

10/21/2008 11:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rankin was NDP far longer than he has been federal Liberal.

Then, one has to wonder if he is federal Liberal, is he also provincial Liberal?

and who cares who Rankin supporters for Liberal Leader.

The membership should be smart enough to choose on their own without relying on these self-serving endorsements.

10/21/2008 12:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

and why were the Team burnaby types helping Leung? Most likely to get something back in return.

They weren't there because they like the way Ronald Leung talks or parts his hair.

10/21/2008 12:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

But we sure like the way Leung parts the water
- the political water, that is!

ha ha

10/21/2008 3:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Billy will back Dominic LeBlanc in his leadership bid. You heard it here first!

10/21/2008 3:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for that "insider information".
But it does not even begin to matter. It is unfortunate how far he has fallen since his tenure as the president of BC Chapter of the Liberals.

But my consistent prediction regarding where the anti-NDP is trending towards conservatives has been proven true. So it will be more important to see the anti-NDP force is going to come together against BCA. I believe the party that will receive the majority of the anti-NDP support will be IV, not TB. The problem about Lee Rankin is not how many votes he will get, it will be where he decides to spend his retirement after he becomes irrelevant.

10/21/2008 5:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

But we sure like the way Leung parts the water
- the political water, that is!

Big deal. Anyone can part water.

In the bathtub.

Leung wasn't born in a manager.

10/21/2008 6:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

But it does not even begin to matter. It is unfortunate how far he has fallen since his tenure as the president of BC Chapter of the Liberals.

No its not. Only to his crying friends who are soaking the hankie and the crying towels.

But my consistent prediction regarding where the anti-NDP is trending towards conservatives has been proven true.

How so? There are two NDP MP's in Burnaby. You kept going on there was going to be one.


So it will be more important to see the anti-NDP force is going to come together against BCA. I believe the party that will receive the majority of the anti-NDP support will be IV, not TB.

COuld be true, but that's a manifestation of Team Burnaby not being and acting like a real team.


The problem about Lee Rankin is not how many votes he will get, it will be where he decides to spend his retirement after he becomes irrelevant.

It will be in the cave chair in his living room after the commuute from the law office.

10/21/2008 6:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

During the2006 Liberal Leadership race, Bill Cunningham was payed $14,000 for his work on the Dion campaign(see www.elections.ca). My guess is this time around he'll support whichever candidate is willing to pay him for his expertise.

10/22/2008 4:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Figures.

Few people seem to volunteer much anymore.

It's all for money.

I've seen sign chairs on local campaigns get paid, which is getting ridiculous.

10/22/2008 7:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

NDP:
17,937 votes, gain of 614 = + 3.5 %

Cons.:
17,139 votes, gain of 3,672 = + 25.25%

Green:
2,822 votes, gain of 1,128 = +66.6%

Comm.:
203 votes, gain of 65 = +47.1%

Liberal:
9,177 votes, loss of 6,902 = -42.9%

In other words, the NDP gained only 10 per cent of the Liberal loss. The remaining 90 per cent went Tory, Green and Communist!

10/23/2008 12:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Was this adjusted to the change in voter turnout or just carrying over
from the 2005 results. Big difference.

The percentages are a bit misleading.

3 from a gain from a previous result of 1 is how much in + %?

The Communist didn't get any benifit of votes from the NDP.

Communists pretty much stay within their own.

Also factor in the efforts of getting out the vote, and the ambient acceptance of the overall national campaigns of each.

The Tories ran an error prone campaign, while the Liberals were stuck on a convulted Green Shift ideaology, and the NDP were pretty much the status quo with Jack O'Lantern.

10/23/2008 3:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let me rephrase.

Of the massive 6,900-vote Liberal LOSS, the NDP picked up ONLY 614 votes, and the Greens got 1200.

That is the NDP earned LESS THAN 10 PER CENT of the Liberal losses.

10/24/2008 10:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why would the NDp earn any specific Liberal Party support?

It's more of who personally is the better MP candidate rather than specifically the party.

10/24/2008 11:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why no posting on the civic election since Oct. 10?

Here's one:

Council candidate Ismet Yetisen is also running for school board in New West.
And some websites claim that he is a Vancouver resident.

What is the truth?

Go get'em Ozbert! (But be careful. Someone who runs in two different municipalities obviously has a lot of money to throw around.)

10/24/2008 3:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Like the Borg, the Communist Collective is every where.

They mean you no harm.

10/24/2008 5:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

WTF?

10/28/2008 10:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

WTF?

10/28/2008 10:34 AM  

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