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Pontiac Liberals – choose Cindy Duncan McMillan!

The outlook for the Liberals is bright as the 2015 election approaches. There are a number of very qualified and dedicated candidates or nominees lining up to clean our country of the CPC mess that is Harper’s legacy. I while back, I profiled Danielle Takacs and Karen McCrimmon as two strong nominees (Danielle has since won the nomination for Brant!) and today, I’m presenting another nominee that is in my back yard in the riding of Pontiac, QC : Cindy Duncan McMillan.

With her husband, Cindy owns and operates a family farm outside of Wakefield. In fact, I just recently bought part of a side of grass-fed beef that was raised on her farm – yummy!!!!

And she is also engaged in the importance of integrating environmental decisions into wider policy considerations. Her street creds on this are solid.

Cindy ran for the LPC in the last election in Pontiac and had a very, very good campaign. The problem was the timing. The “Jack effect” kicked in and the Dipper candidate unexpectedly upset Cindy. I’m of the opinion that this was one of those ridings where the NDP was going to win regardless of which qualified candidates were running against them. These things happen in politics sometimes.

But Mulcair is NOT Layton and this riding should be a prime pick up for the Liberals next year. And I think Cindy will deliver on this if she receives the nomination.

She has proven to be hard-working, resourceful and is a mighty nice person to boot! I have met her in person and have done the back and forth thing via email and I’m pretty good at picking out those folks who have a positive attitude – a joie de vivre!

And it is infectious – I met her for the first time when she dropped off the beef at my house and she immediately struck me as a person who takes pride in what she does and works hard to complete what she starts.

The Pontiac LPC riding association and members would be wise to choose Cindy as the candidate for the next election. She will colour the riding red, as it should be.

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There are some quality candidates…

… vying for Liberal Party nominations.

My political junkiness kicks into high gear usually about 12-18 months ahead of a projected election date. I love elections. And I love the processes and machinations leading up to them.

Although it has been an unbelievable (literally and figuratively… which you’ll understand if you know me personally) summer, I have been following some of the LPC nominations that are shaping up. There are some interesting and quality candidates stepping up to the plate in many parts of the country, but two of them really caught my eye. One of them is in Kanata-Carleton, where Karen McCrimmon is standing for the nomination and the other is in southwestern Ontario in Brantford-Brant, where Danielle Takac is throwing her hat into the ring.

Kanata-Carleton is one of the ridings that has been re-jigged for the next election and it is almost in my backyard! One of the many CPC trained seals, Gordon O’Connor, is the current MP of the riding of Carleton-Mississippi Mills. I am unsure as to whether he has announced if he will run again, but he’ll have a helluva fight on his hands if Karen McCrimmon gets the nomination!

Ms. McCrimmon is a decorated ex-military officer who is engaged in and connected with the real issues that her riding and the country are facing. According to her website, “she is pushing the issue of youth unemployment, and improved benefits for Canadian war veterans.” The way the Harperites have pushed both vets and the youth to the back-burner has long been a sore point with me and this stance will serve her well in a riding that is home to many military and ex-military personnel.

One of the comments she recently made on her Facebook page says a lot about how the Harper government has conducted itself and how the Liberals will not follow suit:

This government is all about keeping up ‘appearances’ or ‘perceptions’. Now is the time for us to inject a little reality into the discussion because it will take a better part of a year to break through their carefully crafted propaganda…

She, of course, is dead on! And Ms. McCrimmon and the other Liberals that will be elected as the government next year will focus on real issues and not bumper-sticker politics.

This riding can be a LPC win in the next election – especially if someone as qualified and energetic as Ms. McCrimmon is nominated! Go get ’em!!

The next nomination that I’d like to highlight is flying her flag in a riding far from my backyard, but one that again I think winnable for the Liberals if the right person is in place.

Brantford-Brant is in southwestern Ontario and is currently held by yet another CPC minion, Phil McColeman, whose main claim to fame seems to be that he organises a local hockey tourney every year. Yeah, good for him.

Danielle Takacs is a woman who can colour this riding Liberal red. Looking into her background I was struck by the degree of engagement and committment that she has shown at the local level and in the Liberal party. The “experience” tab on her webpage is extensive and broad. She has obviously built a lot of bridges through her work and these will serve her well to win the nomination and the riding after that.

AND, she used to pen a very well-written blog that I used to follow! Look out folks, we bloggers are a-takin’ over the joint!

Some of the issues that she notes as being important to her include:

  • Upholding and Honouring Veteran’s rights
  • Addressing the Youth Unemployment Crisis
  • Promoting Canada as a friend to international development, and regain its once highly regarded international reputation.

Like Ms. Takacs and Ms. McCrimmon, these are important issues for me as as well, and I suspect for most Canadians.

I wish both of these fine leaders the best of luck in their nominations and beyond!

 

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He wasn’t perfect…

… but no one is.

Yet then PM Chrètien led by example back in 1993 when he came to power and significantly cut his Ministers’ budgets. 

Tired of the ballooning Ministerial budgets under Mulroney, he cut their Chiefs-of-staff and told them to rely more on the advice of public servants.

Not a bad move.

Would Harper do such a thing?

Nope.

 

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Canada West Foundation…

… endorses Trudeau’s Senate move…

<sound of Trashy passing out on the floor>

Some “first” here:

  • First time the words “west” “endorses” “Trudeau” have even been seen in the same sentence
  • First time The Canada West Foundation has endorsed anything connected to the Senate – except its abolition
  • Upon seeing this headline, the first time JT has been at a loss for words

Wow.

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Perhaps brilliant in the short term…

… but this may bite Justin’s butt after he is elected PM.

However, critics can no longer point to a lack of direction or policies… This is a doozy!

Good on him, this is the type of leadership many Canadians have been waiting for.

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Yeah, yeah…

… I KNOW that the only poll that matters is the one held on E Day, but for Libs like me, this is encouraging:

The latest Nanos tracking numbers reveal that national support for the Liberal Party is at 35.4%, just ahead of the Conservatives at 31.3%. Liberal support has been slowly increasing since the last federal election, but has not seen similar numbers since 2009. Ballot support for the NDP is currently at 23.6%, while the Bloc and the Greens have 4.8% and 4.2%, respectively.

And it must be a little worrying for those 25 year old staffers at the PMO… watch for the ReformCon attack machine to rev it up a notch against JT.

Any bets that this little dance will somehow be twisted into a negative ad?


ZyPurT

 

“Justin Trudeau. Dancing with hot wife while thinking of ways to waste your tax dollars.”

Well, I prefer that to Mr. Roboto:

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“Have a good day young Mr. Harper.”

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Liberal leadership race – Joyce Murray for PM

As much as I’d like to believe that Joyce Murray can pull off an upset and win the LPC leadership, I cannot realistically expect this to happen. Trudeau has the momentum, the money and the supporters. And the hair.

But…

Joyce has the policy knowledge. She knows the files. We don’t know if JT knows the files. J’en doute.

She has the guts to stand up to the hyper partisan portion of the party to say : let’s put our differences with the NDP aside for one election and cooperate in order to defeat the Cons. Then we reform the electoral system with something that will more accurately represent the intentions on Canadians.

She recognizes that splitting the centre / left of centre vote election after election will only assure a CPC government… Election after election.

She also sees the value of environmental sustainability and policies aimed to ensure that biodiversity, our water supplies and our food supplies are protected.

She also knows that Canada’s place on the international stage has been severely tarnished by the Harperites, and she will work to put us back in a place where we are once again respected.

And she also knows that the war on marijuana is one that should have never been waged and the time has come to legalize its use and remove the criminal element from this industry.

I Just voted for Joyce Murray, the best candidate to represent the interests of Canadian progressives and the LPC!

And I hope my vote helps to elect her.

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David McGuinty is an honourable man….

… And I suppose he did the honourable thing by apologising for what was spun as an anti-
Alberta slur.

But he was utterly and unequivocally accurate in what he said.

Wasn’t he?

No, as an MP, he shouldn’t have said it.

But I can.

And to all of the CPC hypocrites who jumped all over this misstep: when was the last time a single one if you apologized for anything? ANYTHING?? Even after you have clearly f$$$ed up.

That’s right, you hypocrites.

I’ve been accused from time to time of playing “gotcha” politics. Well, I guess it’s OK when the Cons do it, eh? I don’t see a lot of dissent on Blogging Tories.

David should have chosen his words more carefully for sure but the CPC hypocrites could take lessons from him in honour and humility.

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What does the most successful Premier in Ontario’s history…

… do for an encore?

I, like everyone, was shocked by the premier’s resignation yesterday.

So, what’s next for my MPP? Is he going to throw his hat into the federal ring in an effort to lead the LPC?

I for one, and as a Liberal, hope so. I think he would make a great leader.

But even if Trudeau (or someone lese – though that is unlikely now) came out from the scrum with the ball, a race between JT and Mr. McGuinty would be the best thing to happen to the party in a very, very long time. No coronation but a TRUE leadership race that would capture the attention of all Canadians from coast to coast.There could ba true debate with the Leader’s seat at stake.

I would dearly love to see that!

Then again, maybe Dalton is simply sick of it all. Despite his detractors, he is a really nice guy and a great rep for his constituency in Ottawa South. His staff are always helpful and his roots in the ‘hood are deep. Maybe he has figured out that his family is more important than his role as the leader of the LPO or of the LPC.

And I cannot fault him if that is the way he feels.

But he should run because even if he lost, the party and progressives would win.

And we’d have a shot at unseating King Steve from his throne at 24 Sussex.

 

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But is there substance?

Cuz Justin The T sure as hell has the sizzle.

His speech yesterday was what many of we progressives were waiting for. It was honest, open and positive. I really cannot picture The Robot or Mr. Angry saying those words because absent were the vindictive hateful diatribe.  Can you even picture either of those guys giving a speech of that length (or any length) without dissing the other parties and their leaders???

No way.

Good speech. Safe speech. I liked the positivity.

The best thing about JT entering the fray is that people will start to talk about the Liberals again – and in a good way. It’s already happening.

Now, do I support him? I would like to but am reserving judgement. Dude has the sizzle but does he have the substance? I can’t wait to see his first hour-long interview with a top-notch journo who will ask him about fiscal policy, monetary policy, international relations, etc. I will, of course, vote for him. But my level of engagement (e.g., whether I donate, volunteer, etc.) will depend largely on how he defines himself in terms of substance.

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