Monday, April 27, 2009
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
Toronto the Good hasn't gone away.I asked some folks previously to back that tractor up. I wonder if they will.
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.
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
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
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
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.
Sunday, April 05, 2009
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.
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
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
The traditional photo of the G20 leaders was reshot after Prime Minister Stephen Harper missed his opportunity Thursday to be in the first snap.
Emphasis mine. I wondered if I could ever use that picture again.
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.