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Make up your own mind on Canada 150

As I said yesterday, a lot of journalists and other opinionated folks in the media and elsewhere have gone in with pre-conceived notions that the Liberals ‘Canada 150’ conference is going to bomb.

Well, here’s a chance to watch for yourself and make up your own mind; the conference is being streamed live all weekend.

There also are several Liberal bloggers there in attendance liveblogging the event and giving their impressions – folks such as Far and Wide, Liberal Arts and Minds, Impolitical, Morton’s Musings, Confessions of A Liberal Mind, A BC’er in Toronto, to name the ones I know. (If there are others, I will update and add them to this list if I’m made aware of them). Keep an eye on their blogs or Tweets on Twitter – because unlike most Blogging Tories, they will offer constructive criticism of the party they support if it needs to be offered (as well as supporting the process if they feel it’s getting/gotten a bad rap).

I’ll also add in the non-partisan blogging folks too for their perspective – again if I see that they’re blogging about it.

UPDATE @ 3:25 pm: Via David Akin, here are several other bloggers who are here and blogging (or tweeting it on Twitter): Stephen Gordon of Worthwhile Canadian Initiative, A Liberal Minute, and Ken Chapman.

8 comments to Make up your own mind on Canada 150

  • Marie

    I agree that Ignatieff wwould not have been my choice either but my husband likes him and he’s a pretty intelligent guy. He listens and is not influenced by the propaganda spread by the Media like the lot of us seem to be. Maybe we don’t think Ignatieff is a good leader but their are a lot of Canadians who do support Ignatieff so the facts are, we cannot speak for all Canaidans when we say no body likes him. Its plain to see what the media think and that’s the message canadians see. Those who take the time to listen to him may have a different outlook on him.We have to keep an open mind and not be zoned out by the Partisan Media who fully support the Dictator Reform/Con leader.

    We have no choice to support him and his members until such time that their is a convention to choose a new one. Supporting Harper for me his the worst option and I do not intend to ever do that. Running Ignatieff down merely gives the Reformers and the media more fuel to critize him. I do not plan to help them there.

  • As for people who can’t have a “positive” educational experience because a woman with a niqab is in the room, I don’t know why this is at all accepted as legitimate and rightly derided as the rantings of racist crybabies. I’ve been in class of 60 with two women wearing the niqab. Things were fine. Charest and now Ignatieff are just legitimizing the bulls**t arguments of racists.

  • Toe

    Like Chrystal Ocean I would like to know what the themes are as well. Most especially since Ignatieff describes the disconnect between the people and the political class, obviously democratic reform will be discussed?

  • Jim Vincent

    I’m wondering why Ignatieff, at a conference of “thinkers” and “ideas”, decided to announce his support for Charest’s ban on the niqab for government services.

    I mean, couldn’t these geniuses have come up with a solution that allows the handful (how many? a few dozen?) of women who wear the niqab to keep it on while providing them services?

    Haven’t they heard of iris scanners for identification purposes? Why couldn’t they think of this?

    As for people who can’t have a “positive” educational experience because a woman with a niqab is in the room, I don’t know why this is at all accepted as legitimate and rightly derided as the rantings of racist crybabies. I’ve been in class of 60 with two women wearing the niqab. Things were fine. Charest and now Ignatieff are just legitimizing the bullshit arguments of racists.

    First the family planning screw-up and now this…how far are Liberals willing to follow their leaders to the right? As far as the morons who agree with Harper’s every word?

  • ck

    Thanks for the link, Scott, unfortunately, my office computer doesn’t have sound. I will have to follow from home this week-end.

    Anyone catch anything new and exciting there?

  • Jennifer mentions three themes of the day. Is that particular to the Halton event or does that apply to the bigger one too? If the latter, what are the three themes?

  • I’ll be blogging, tweeting, recording AND speaking at the Halton satellite conference tomorrow. We’ve got over a dozen panelists lined up speaking on the three themes of the day, including Oakville Mayor Rob Burton, income trust advocate Brent Fullard, Sheridan College President Dr. Jeff Zabudsky, plus representatives from the Halton Multicultural Council, BurlingtonGreen, Canadian Association of Community Living… just an amazing group. I’m really, really excited about this.

    • Red Forever

      Jennifer

      Way to go!!!

      I hope your enthusiasm is infectious.

      I’m Hoping for some good things to come out of the conference.

      Maybe get some of our mojo back

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