Saturday, April 23, 2005

Address to the Nation: The Aftermath

Well, Martin's speech was far from impressive, just as I'd expected. One good thing which he has accomplished is that the Liberals can no claim that the Conservatives were trying to avoid the truth and run a campaign of fear. Fear of the Liberals, of corruption, of scandal and of all anything but them. Harper's speech afterwards was predictable, but to me it just demonstrated how desperately he wants the job. Jack's speech was really disappointing, I had such high hopes for him when he was elected leader. He always seems too excited, he needs some seasoning. Still, the talk of an NDP-Liberal coalition is interesting.

A few things worth noting...

The talk of NDP-Liberal cooperation is intersting, but it still leaves them three votes short. Sure, Carolyn Parrish would back them but where do they get two more votes? Chuck Cadman is a likely no. If it becomes an issue he will be courted hard by the Conservatives. Kilgour seems to be in the same boat. So where is the PMO looking? It seems impossible that there would be two MPs willing to defect from the Conservatives or the Bloc, it's interesting to speculate about. Who knows, maybe some Red Tories are a little leery of the right wing fanatics in charge of the party. We'll know more tomorrow after Jack and Martin meet in Toronto.

The glaring question in my mind yesterday morning wasn't what most would expect, but rather when the hell did the Toronto Star become a right wing rag? Giving Stephen Harper's response as much coverage as the PM's address. They also carried a wishy-washy editorial and ran an incredibly right wing opinion piece (not online). This from the premier left-wing newspaper in the country? Alrighty then...

Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty coming out in favour of Martin's plan to wait for the final Gomery report is interesting. It really makes me wonder why the PM won't meet with him. He's no traitor to the Party, he just wants a fair shake for his province instead of getting screwed in favour of Newfoundland and Nova Scotia. Maybe the NDP can force Martin to back down from his ridiculous stance. Otherwise this election will not go at all well for the Liberals.

And finally the Tories lining up superstar candidates, doesn't bode well. Peter Kent is going to run in St. Pauls (my old riding before redistricting gave part of it to Eglinton-Lawrence), Jim Flaherty is going to run in Whitby and Tony Clement in Parry Sound-Muskoka (against Agriculture Minister Andy Mitchell). Former Leaf Russ Courtnall is thinking about it, Elsie Wayne is planning to come out of retirement, and even former Miss Canada Blair Lancaster is contemplating joining the fun. Looks like the vultures are circling.

In any case, very light blogging ahead. Going to visit Mrs. Gracchi's parents out West...


Anonymous Caurus said...

All those star candidates could win, which is frightening. Clement and Flaherty are absolute nutjobs. And a Miss Canada in the HoC? Will there be a bikini contest during her riding debate?

8:44 PM  
Blogger calgarygrit said...

I think Dalton is trying to appease federal Liberals who are a little weary of his attacks on the Martin government.

And the NDP/Lib coalition could work because there are two sick Torries and Cadman has said he'll vote with the Libs.

6:14 PM  
Blogger Don said...

Sorry to put this on this post - I left it at another but you probably didn't see it.

A couple of posts ago, when talking about the Conservative Party, you said "party big wigs are fanatically pro-life"

I thought that was quite a statement so I asked which big wigs you were talking about?

Back on topic - I expect the NDP will see some better candidates mentioned too soon.

9:30 AM  
Blogger Walsh Writes said...

Typical liberal logic, how to stay in power by picking on anybody that might appear to be a weasel on the other side.

It takes one to know one.

So far not a long list though.

8:43 PM  

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