Thursday, March 26, 2009

Iggy and the mayors

As Michael Ignatieff continues to work on rehabilitating the badly bruised Liberal brand he finds himself in Burnaby tomorrow. Instead of meeting with area Liberals, however he is focusing his attention on Lower Mainland mayors. Several municipal leaders are expected to join Ignatieff at the Hilton at Metrotown midday tomorrow.

Ignatieff will likely be getting an earful on crime issues as he tries to build a platform for B.C. If all goes according to plan, this strategy may help the Liberals find a potential future candidate or two.

Ignatieff is in the province for a big dollar Liberal fundraiser tonight in downtown Vancouver.

9 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

and don't forget if those candidates lose the next federal election, and the Liberals win, they'll have their name put in the hat for the draw for a Senate seat.

Just ask Mobina Jaffer. She won the last name draw done by the Liberals.

Yonah Martin won the last name draw from the Conservatives.

3/26/2009 5:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nah, I think it will be Mayor Derek Corrigan just like former Mayor Larry Campbell.

Derek would be the perfect candidate as he would love the free after hour drinking parties in Ottawa where he can drink to his heart's content and not have to vote or do anything like the other Senators do.

All he needs to do is stay in Burnaby and protest about pre-trial centres. Senator Corrigan has a nice ring to it. ;)

He'll blend in quite nicely, I say.

3/26/2009 10:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Certainly alot better than Senator Mobina Jaffer and Senator Yonah Martin.

Niether of them do anything useful.

Both are good examples as to why the Senate should be abolished or at least exposed to democratic elections.

3/26/2009 11:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What do you mean if Iggy's lucky he'll find a candidate or two???

1) I thought Mr. Cunningham was our star candidate in Burnaby?Won't he get there eventually?

2) Any ideas/suggestions as to who might be the other candidates in Burnaby?

3) Let's get your comments on the FedLibs prospects in the Burnaby ridings in general.

3/27/2009 11:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What do you mean if Iggy's lucky he'll find a candidate or two???

1) I thought Mr. Cunningham was our star candidate in Burnaby?Won't he get there eventually?

You've got to be kidding, right? This guy lost his third election run. Time to get serious and find a really good one to take on the NDP and those awful evil Conservatives.


2) Any ideas/suggestions as to who might be the other candidates in Burnaby?

A bit early for that. No election for at least a year and a half.


3) Let's get your comments on the FedLibs prospects in the Burnaby ridings in general.

This is a family oriented blog. Couldn't write in what the real comments are in regards to the federal Liberals and a few of their possible prospects. Someone would complain to the blog's web provider.

3/27/2009 5:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Certainly, the people commenting above do not understand what the Senate does or how it works.

Senator Yonah Martin represents a community that is lacking in the House of Commons, visible minorities and in her case - the Korean Canadian community.

Senator Mobina Jaffer represents another community - the Muslim Canadian community that is poorly under-represented in the House of Commons.

The Senate does a lot of good work and not only fill in for under represented regions but groups such as visible minorities, religious groups, sexuality - Gays and Lesbians.

I for one think the Senate of Canada is a vital institution of our parliamentary system.

3/29/2009 6:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Certainly, the people commenting above do not understand what the Senate does or how it works.

The opposite is true. Many people know the Senate, and its basic role. The largest problem is that it is not represented sufficiently and is not elected.

Senator Yonah Martin represents a community that is lacking in the House of Commons, visible minorities and in her case - the Korean Canadian community.

Sure, and what about those in the larger sphere, those who are not Korean or in a visible minority. The Senate is not there to represent visible minorities, it is there as a "house of second thought" when it comes to passage of legislation. When one comes down to the fundamentals, the Korean community, as any other visible minority community does not matter. What is it that makes the Korean Community better or needs more attention than any other?


Senator Mobina Jaffer represents another community - the Muslim Canadian community that is poorly under-represented in the House of Commons.

Wrong. She is supposed to represent ALL of British Columbia on equatable footing as St. Germain, Larry Campbell and the others.


The Senate does a lot of good work and not only fill in for under represented regions but groups such as visible minorities, religious groups, sexuality - Gays and Lesbians.

The Senate does not do "good work".
Many of the members just to the basic work, and nothing else. The Senate is not there to represent specific groups, and never has been set for that purpose.


I for one think the Senate of Canada is a vital institution of our parliamentary system.

You obviously need to widen your political peripheral vision and range of scope.

3/29/2009 9:38 PM  
Anonymous not always anonymous said...

Parliament needs checks and balances.

An elected senate MIGHT do that, but the elections would have to be held at a completely different time than the parliamentary elections.

The NDP plan to abolish the senate is absurd.
That would allow Parliament to run roughshod over democracy - which it already tries to do, regardless of the party in power. (And the NDP would be no better.)

The BC Liberals are sleeping on the Senate file. They could have pushed this issue at any time by placing senatorial nominees on either the provincial or municipal ballots. But they chose not to follow the path of Alberta. (That's their loss, and they are losing Conservative friends as we speak.)

And the federal Tories have just been inept. After campaigning for senate reform, they resort to appointments at the Worst Possible Time. Harper will indeed pay a price.

But it's bad senatorial policies all around.
Now wonder most of the public just wants the damned thing abolished.
How sad.

Canadian politics is the anti-thesis of good government.

3/31/2009 11:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Parliament needs checks and balances.

Already has that. It's called 2nd and 3rd reading of Bills.

An elected senate MIGHT do that, but the elections would have to be held at a completely different time than the parliamentary elections.

No kidding. Basic stuff. Set the Senate elections (if they would exist), between one federal election and the other.


The NDP plan to abolish the senate is absurd.

The Conservatives had also thought about getting rid of it, but are migating towards it being elected.

The only absurdity is the federal Liberals wanting to keep it as it is now, a patronage trough for the
annointed ones.


That would allow Parliament to run roughshod over democracy - which it already tries to do, regardless of the party in power. (And the NDP would be no better.)

Not exactly, since Parliament works on an opposition party basis. If the party of government wins only a minority as is now, then the party of government has to be careful otherwise it could lose out.


The BC Liberals are sleeping on the Senate file. They could have pushed this issue at any time by placing senatorial nominees on either the provincial or municipal ballots.

Er not quite. There are no vacancies now for BC seats. The municipal ballots does not factor in since the civic election is completely different.


But they chose not to follow the path of Alberta. (That's their loss, and they are losing Conservative friends as we speak.)

Even if they did, the PM still has to approve that outcome for the Senate.

But you are right, there could have been an opportunity to go to the people with choices on a ballot carried along with the provincial election, but they decided to go with a has been BC Liberal Cabinet Minister, and a loser candidate.


And the federal Tories have just been inept. After campaigning for senate reform, they resort to appointments at the Worst Possible Time. Harper will indeed pay a price.

The federal Liberals did. Guess the Conservatives are next, right?


But it's bad senatorial policies all around.
Now wonder most of the public just wants the damned thing abolished.
How sad.

How relieved it would be if the dambed thing was thrown out. If that's possible, make it elected.


Canadian politics is the anti-thesis of good government.

Canadian politics is the second blood sport in Canada. The first of course is hockey.

The BC kind of Canadian politics is the most intensive kind. Rock 'em sock 'em bash 'em into the boards kind of politics.

The blood spilled by candidates who tried to take on a strong opposition is frozen everywhere on the ice of B.C. politics.

4/04/2009 10:43 PM  

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