Amazing coincidence – Peter Mackay muses that liberalization of pot/marijuana laws/legislation easing criminal charges are now a real possibility, and like magic, the anti-Justin Trudeau ads running on Toronto area AM radio that claim his stance on legalizing marijuana would ‘make it easier for kids to smoke pot” and “he isn’t up to the job” that were running incessantly for the month of February prior and after the LPC Biennial Convention have magically disappeared. Funny that.
Amazing occurrence: Ontario Liberal MPP Mitzie Hunter’s Private Member Bill (Bill 166) that would authorize Toronto to choose ranked ballots for their electoral voting system (as they voted to ask for late last year) [...]
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The week before convention was a tough one for my team – tempers were running high, work and school obligations were pressing, we were spending more money than we had planned, I was travelling, doing founding meetings and still trying to be a responsible employee and everyone was just plain tired. So, driving to the airport to pick up Erich was a nice opportunity to shift gears and get into the “Convention mindset”. Things got even better when I ran into a friend from Law school and ended up with two passengers for the long, slow drive downtown. The guys hit it off [...]
I took a bit of a break in blogging the past week – partially to recharge batteries from the Montreal Biennial.. partially because I’ve been doing some other political stuff behind the scenes… but back to a regular blogpost today, with some thoughts of the week behind and a look ahead:
- I read with amusement at the Manning Centre Conference where a pollster warned those conservative attendees of “grim” polling statistics they found on the CPC losing ground on issues to the Liberals and the NDP. Grim for them, perhaps, but certainly not for me or likeminded people who want the Conservatives gone (and there are many of us)
This is going to be a shorter post then my others I only was here til 11 am before I had to run for my train home and didn’t catch the constitutional stuff.. but thanks to the good flow of motions as done by the chairpersons (Maryanne Kampouris and Ralph Goodale), the policy resolutions were all gotten through ahead of schedule. I’ll be brief on those; I was pleased on a couple of things – the Basic Income Supplements measure(s) were passed, as was Section 31 on voting reform.. and one on looking to ban neocontinoids – the pesticide being blamed for killing off honeybees and other pollen-bearing insects. If [...]
A very early start to the day (7 am) when I visited the Breakfast Suite for Leanne Bourassa, one of the National Membership Secretary candidates (at the time – more on that later). I’ve known of Leanne for a while now, and she seems to have known of I and of bloggers in general, thugh we haven’t figured out yet where our paths would have crossed in the past. At any rate, I sat down there to a welcome breakfast and juice. I was joined eventually by fellow blogger Jeff Jedras, and we both were given time by Leanne to chit-chat for quite a bit, even though she had a [...]
Where to start! A VERY busy day today.
-I know it has to be done, but the constitutional by-amendments opening of the Biennial was a tad dry. It was a good move to have held this in a smaller conference room. Less people there (as obviously they knew better). If I’m at the next biennial, or at some other party’s policy convention, I’ll know to skip this part.
- Despite the fact he was scheduled during a very important Canada – US Olympic hockey game, there was basically a full house in the main hall to listen to retired Lt. General Andrew Leslie remarks. I livetweeted this earlier on Friday [...]
- There are a lot (I mean a LOT) of people here for a non-leadership convention. I hear it may be the largest of these they’ve ever seen.
- The powerbars work at he bloggers tables and arent in short supply – a dramatic improvement over the Showcase. We also have a pretty sweet location for viewing proceedings, but we’re going to need extra, ah, security or a sign so people dont steal our seats (that should be rectified, I am assured)
- For a non-leadership convention, the Liberals have gone all out with their big-screens and displays at this event
- As I said on Twitter, during the Larry [...]
We’ve had a lot of bloggers (both former and current) decide to drop their hat into running for both provincial and federal nominations for political parties, and on the eve of the Liberal Biennial Convention, I was very pleased and thrilled to see we have a new one today, someone who is a good friend of mine and who I am pleased to see put her name forward to contest for the Liberal nomination in Brant county – Danielle Takacs:
Policy research analyst and political organizer Danielle Takacs is vying for the Liberal nomination in Brant with a goal of re-energizing the party’s standing in the riding…She acknowledged that the [...]
I was pleased to receive in my email from Andree-Lyne Halle (Comm Mgr for the LPC) a “Bloggers Welcome Note” for those of us bloggers accredited to the Montreal Biennial.
I’m also intrigued we’re getting formally welcomed and “briefed” by National Director of the LPC, Jeremy Broadhurst, on Friday AM. We’ve never had any formal welcomes before to any of the other conventions we’ve been accredited at, Liberal or otherwise – so I’m intrigued to hear what he will be saying. I’m also pleased to see the accredited bloggers have full access to all plenary sessions, policy resolutions sessions and expert panel sessions. We are also located in the Main [...]
You may have read this past week about the leaked documents the Toronto Star obtained that showed the Conservative Party hinting they will try to disrupt and cause disunity amongst Liberal Party members at the upcoming Biennial Convention in Montreal starting this Thursday (being attended by Yours Truly and other bloggers with media/blogger accreditation).
The part about trying to focus on Liberal “disunity” particularly caught my eye:
The Conservatives are also seeking to exploit cracks in the Liberal party “that are opening up again.” As proof, the document cites Trudeau’s early departure from a recent tribute dinner for former prime minister Jean Chrétien, along with Trudeau’s own decision to oust [...]