Monday, April 27, 2009

Gone Fishing

I leave for Vancouver tomorrow morning for my first Liberal Party convention ever where I will drink of teh red Kool-Aid.

As such, this will be my last post until likely after the convention.

I'm waiting for the opportunity to meet with some of the individuals running for the executive positions before announcing any endorsements.

I continue to support the weighted one member - one vote proposal, and I'm opposed to the YLC amendment.

I'll see you all when I get back.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Open Letter to Toronto Haters

Toronto Sun, T.O. posts lowest crime rate:
Toronto the Good hasn't gone away.

Statistics Canada -- using a new crime severity index developed with help from police, justice officials and academics -- reports Toronto had the lowest ranking out of the 27 metropolitan areas in the country in 2007.

That year, Toronto also had the lowest rate of police-reported crimes for cities across the land, with 4,278 offences called in to cops per 100,000 of population.

Hogtown's grades are worse when it comes to violent crime but still below the national average and far less than the highest crime cities in the country, which include Regina, Saskatoon and Winnipeg.
I asked some folks previously to back that tractor up. I wonder if they will.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Liberal Convention Coverage on The Progressive Right

While I will do my best to blog some of my thoughts from the Vancouver convention, in all likelihood, I will not be blogging full time while I'm there. I'm going a couple of days early to sight-see and visit with some old friends before hunkering down to do whatever it is us Liberals do at these things.

Remember, I'm new.

That said, I know some folks will be blogging the convention - either as full-fledged delegates, media types or as accredited bloggers. If that's the case, I'd like to offer you a free link from my blog. That way I can claim I'm covering the convention. :)

Just comment on this post and I will add you to my yet-to-be-added-Liberal-convention-coverage sidebar.

Thursday, April 09, 2009

Reader Poll - iPhone vs Blackberry

I've put a poll up on the right hand sidebar for you folks to help me choose between an iPhone and a Blackberry. If there's something better, vote for "Other" and comment on it here.

I'm hoping to have it before Vancouver.

Cheers.

Conservative Party of Ontario?

Stephen Taylor is reporting that Randy Hillier is going to propose changing the name of the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario to the Conservative Party of Ontario.

I believe it's just a Randy Hillier trial balloon attempt to rouse the masses as Stephen suggests. Get the word out there and see what happens.

As I said over at Stephen's blog, you generally only change the name of a party if you want to associate or disassociate the party from another party (see the history of the Yukon Party and the discussion around the Alberta Liberals).

Is this the time for the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party to hitch their brand to the federal Conservative Party?

I'd be interested to hear what Christine Elliott, Tim Hudak, and Frank Klees think.

I'm surprised Randy hasn't endorsed Frank yet.

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Appealing to the Masses

I'm in the market for a smart phone. Please help decide for me.

iPhone or Blackberry? Or...?

I'd like to be able to text and email, update the blog and surf the interwebs. The problem I have is, I'm not sure I'm too much into the touch screen jazz.

Thanks.

Opposition to the YLC Amendment Facebook Group

If you're opposed to the YLC amendment to the OMOV proposal, feel free to join the Facebook group and share your feelings on your opposition.

Sunday, April 05, 2009

John Lennard on Growing the Youth Wing

To further the point about an energized youth, look at this quote from YLC Presidential candidate John Lennard.
The Liberal Party will always be progressive if we, as a youth wing, constantly focus on growing our active base. Youth will never be marginalized if we punch above our weight with real numbers. No one will be able to ignore our ideas if our members have real influence, not just every couple of years, but all the time, and throughout the Party. And so at the very least, we need to double our membership. I'd personally like to see it triple, or quadruple, or even reach 100,000. But we have to start somewhere. So let's get on with it!
That's youth energy. That's why the OMOV amendment is unnecessary.

No Amendment to OMOV

A number of other Liberal bloggers have commented on the proposed amendment to give the Liberal youth a 25% allotment of votes under a One Member One Vote (OMOV) system. Jeff has a great run down of his opposition to the amendment. Steve voices his concern as well.

Here's a summary of their proposal.
The YLC is proposing an amendment to the amendment to allot a minimum of 25 points to youth voters in each federal riding in order to maintain our representation in LPC. This amendment would translate to having separate youth ballot boxes at a leadership vote in every riding, and the votes would be tallied separately and given a minimum of 25/100 points in that riding. However, if the percentage of youth exceeds 25%, the larger number will be counted.
Quotas are undemocratic and will ultimately undermine the purpose behind OMOV; giving each riding a direct vote in selecting a leader.

I cannot support this amendment.

From my short time within the Liberal Party, I see both an energized and determined youth wing of this party who do not need this amendment to maintain their influence.

Saturday, April 04, 2009

I'm Off the Christmas List for Sure

Canada's back!


Well, I can officially cancel any hope of getting that Senate seat now.

Ontario PC Leadership Prediction

Here are my predictions for the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party leadership race as it stands now.

Randy Hillier will drop out of the race and endorse Frank Klees before the vote.

Christine Elliott will endorse Tim Hudak shortly thereafter.

Tim Hudak will win the leadership of the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party.

The social conservatives will rally around Klees, and the blue Tory base will rally around Hudak. The moderates will support Elliott, but will go to Hudak to stop Klees.

(A little tidbit - during the 2004 PC leadership vote, I chose Frank Klees as my second choice to prevent a Jim Flaherty win. Jim's anti-Toronto rhetoric drove me around the bend. So, take it with a grain of salt when I say moderate conservatives would try to stop Klees)

Still early, I know ... but, I don't think it's going to shake out much differently even if some others decide to step into the race. I'd likely still predict a Tim Hudak vs Frank Klees finale.

Thursday, April 02, 2009

Might Need a Bathroom Break?

CBC, Take 2: G20 group photo snapped again after Harper's absence:

The traditional photo of the G20 leaders was reshot after Prime Minister Stephen Harper missed his opportunity Thursday to be in the first snap.

Harper met with his officials following the first working session in London on Thursday morning when the picture — dubbed the family photo — was scheduled to be taken.

Officials said the prime minister was getting a quick briefing on changes to the communiqué that is expected to be released by the G20 at the end of the summit.

The BBC, however, is reporting that Harper was in the bathroom while the photo was being taken.

Emphasis mine. I wondered if I could ever use that picture again.

Canada's back!