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Random Observations – Harper, Colombia, more Iggy blog endorsements.

– In case you missed it, Harper has signed a Free Trade agreement with Colombia, which has had one of the worst human-rights records in the hemisphere, as well as still being the largest producer of cocaine in the world. It’s not a surprise Harper would sign this despite all of that, since he considers Colombia and its president Uribe to be an ideological friend, and he has dismissed calls before that he is placing trade over human rights. The Toronto Star is right in calling for opposition MP’s to force Harper to commission an independent human rights assessment of the country before approving this Free Trade Agreement.

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Another horserace?

The Globe and Mail’s Lawrence Martin seems to think so, judging by its article on Dominic Leblanc titled Will Dominic Leblanc be the Liberal’s Kingmaker? as highlighted by James Morton’s blogpiece:

For an unheralded candidate, he’s off to a good start. He has an impressive base of support in the Maritimes; will attract many younger delegates; has strong ties, being an Acadian, to francophones; and is building up support in British Columbia. A first-ballot haul of 10 per cent to 20 per cent of the delegates is well possible. From there, he could navigate the outcome, choosing to move to Bob Rae or Michael Ignatieff on the second ballot.

If […]

The voting commences at the 2008 Canadian Blog Awards

First round of voting is now in progress at the 2008 Canadian Blog Awards (with one notable category exception. It seems those unhappy that this category was even there to begin with tried to make a mockery of the nomination process, so the CBA folks are correctly trying to sort the legitimate nominees from the ones sent in trying to discredit it, and I’m sure voting for it will begin shortly).

Despite the fact the numerous categories (and at times numerous blogs and choices to vote for) make this feel like an American type ballot with all its numerous questions, I encourage you to go and vote for your […]

List of blog endorsements of Liberal leadership candidates update

Things have slowed down a bit on the blog endorsement front in the past week or so, but I thought this would be a good time to mention how the 3 leadership candidates for the Liberal Party leadership are doing endorsement wise amongst the Liberal blogs (both those on Liblogs and those who aren’t).

As you might expect being “the front-runner”, Michael Ignatieff leads with 9 blogs endorsing him – he got an additional blog endorsement today courtesy of Vijay Sappani’s blog. Bob Rae comes in second with 6 blog endorsements, followed closely by Dominic Leblanc with 5. So, Bob and Dom’s blog endorsements together outnumber Iggy’s. If that ratio […]

Liberals should replace the leadership convention.

I’ve seen this being mentioned elsewhere on blogs and in at least 1 newspaper article (though where escapes me at the moment as I search for it), but there’s been some talk on whether the Liberal Party should replace the traditional Leadership Convention (some would call it anachronistic) that uses delegates to choose Liberal leaders, with something a bit more democratic and a bit more modern – something like “One Member, One Vote”, where all party members would have the chance to elect their leader, and not just several hundred delegates (and allow those members to vote for the candidates from their own riding and even from their own home).

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Bob talks to bloggers.

So, the blogchat with Bob Rae has just ended about 15 minutes ago. Bob took our questions for about 35 minutes, and the session was well attended by many well known Liberal bloggers. If you’re a regular reader of Liblogs or Progressive Bloggers, I’m sure you’ll see their accounts soon on their blogs popping up. I won’t steal all their thunder, but I’ll focus on 2 issues that Bob addressed from myself and a couple of other bloggers that I was paying close attention to:

– With regards to the post-Green Shift postmortem, it sounds to me that he believes still in the environmental goals and issues that the Liberal […]

Rae Day

So Bob Rae has officially announced his candidacy for leader of the Liberal Party, which Kady is live-blogging the news conference where he’s doing the announcing.

Later today, Mr. Rae will be holding a “bloggers news conference” which apparently has Liberal bloggers of all persuasion invited, regardless of who they are supporting. As someone who is undeclared/neutral, it should be an interesting event, to hear what the bloggers ask him, and what his responses are – particularly to Liberal bloggers who’ve already endorsed another candidate.

(And yes, I do have a question in mind to ask him if I get a chance to ask it).

On electoral reform and Instant Run-Off Voting (IRV)

David Graham had a detailed article written in the Guelph Mercury that he highlighted at his blog yesterday about how he was in favour of reforming the voting system we have by changing it from what we currently have (First Past The Post) to Instant Run-Off Voting.

David and I have disagreed many times – sometimes vehemently – over what type of electoral voting system reforms Canada should have. We were on opposite sides of the MMP referendum last year in Ontario. That said, I follow the view of the website Liberals For Electoral Reform, who yesterday affirmed that while the site does support the Single-Transferable Vote Option that […]

Peter Miliken re-elected as Speaker of the House

Congrats to Peter Miliken who has managed to get re-elected to the job as Speaker of the House after 5 ballots. There were some who thought he might not be back, but after the NDP’s Joe Cromartin was surprisingly out of the race after the 4th ballot, it appears the BQ and NDP broke to Miliken rather then go for the remaining two Conservative contenders.

We’ll see if the decorum in the House for this session is any better then the last. Somehow, I have my doubts.

Leblanc gets a major blog endorsement.

I won’t be posting one of these updates every time we get a new Liberal blogger or blog endorsing such and such a candidate, but when a major Liberal blogger endorses, that’s noteworthy. Since Jason Cherniak stepped away from blogging, I’m going to make an educated guess that Dan Arnold of Calgary Grit is probably the most widely known and most widely read of the Liberal bloggers out there. This morning, he’s made it known that he’s endorsing Dominic Leblanc for Liberal leader, and lists the reasons why:

In short, LeBlanc is a politician of great potential, the only knocks being a lack of name recognition and a really bad […]

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