Friday, January 25, 2013

Day One Over #olpldr

Today was mostly about registering delegates and getting everyone organized. The vast majority of the time was the tribute to outgoing premier, Dalton McGuinty. Premier McGuinty thanked his family, his mother - and regretted that his father could not see him enter public life.

Tomorrow, I rejoin the blogging crew and bring you coverage of the leadership ballots.

As always, check out the photos on ProgressiveBloggers.ca.

Live from Toronto, it's the Ontario Liberal Party Convention! #olpldr

I'm firmly entrenched now in blogging headquarters for the Ontario Liberal Party convention. I'll be spending the greatest part of my time uploading pictures to the Progressive Bloggers main site, and offering witty commentary on Twitter and on this blog.

For my initial thoughts - we have two strong front runners in Kathleen Wynne and Sandra Pupatello. In a one-on-one contest, they'd split the vote easily. But, we have a delegated convention and that means some attention needs to be paid to the middle of the pack contenders. Those delegates on a second ballot can sway the leadership vote in unpredictable ways.

All Ontarians need to pay attention - Ontario Liberals are not just picking a leader, they are also picking Ontario's next premier.

Your intrepid blogger plans to spend some time getting to know the delegates, the alternates, the media, and the bloggers. What do they think? What are they planning? Where can I get the best swag? :)

As I tweeted, I'll be in their hospitality suites, tweeting all their secrets.

Stay tuned. It's going to be a long couple of nights.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Ontario Liberal Leadership Convention 2013 Coverage (#olpldr)

I will be attending the Ontario Liberal leadership convention as an accredited blogger. You can follow my coverage here, on Twitter (@progright), and on Google+. I'll also work out something with Scott about streaming coverage via Progressive Bloggers.


Full disclosure, I stood as a Sandra Pupatello delegate, but did not land a delegate spot. I decided not to stand as alternate.

I'd like to thank the Ontario Liberal Party for accrediting bloggers to the convention. I argued on behalf of allowing bloggers access even while running as a delegate and this is a great indication that they "get" social media.

That all said, this will be my first provincial Liberal convention. I'll be there bright and early on the Friday morning right through to the count of the last ballot.