Sunday, December 07, 2008

Iggy Campaign to Senate and Grassroots: Your Voices Don't Count

The Ignatieff braintrust has been lobbying hard today for a caucus vote to select a new leader. Last I checked, the full Liberal caucus includes Senators, however Team Iggy doesn't think our esteemed caucus members from the Upper Chamber deserve a say. They're in good company, however, because Team Iggy doesn't think individual Liberal Party of Canada members should have a say either. A lot of people are horrified by this but it makes a certain amount of sense given the hunger for power Iggy and his team have not even taken pains to conceal over the past two years. Seems only 10 of 58 Senators back Iggy with the overwhelmingly majority backing Bob Rae. And 50 of 77 MPs support Iggy according to his campaign. You do the math.

As for the grassroots.... Well. Given that it is these hardworking Liberals who fight elections, donate money, and all that non-elitist stuff, one might imagine that they were clearly baffled by Iggy's tepid reaction to any coalition. Why wouldn't we seize any opportunity to get back into power - even with Dion as temporary leader? they are no doubt wondering. Good question, that.

So, if Iggy has his way he will be selected by less than 1% of the party base, with only 2 Liberals between Toronto and Vancouver having the franchise. Brilliant.


At 10:20 p.m., Blogger wilson said...

How does it feel?
Western Canadians feel your pain.

At 10:28 p.m., Blogger The Pontificator said...

I don't want to be a member of a party that would be lead by another bully. Michael Ignatieff cannot steal the leadership from the membership.

At 10:28 p.m., Blogger Sinestra said...


While I do appreciate your thoughtful comment, I have to wonder if you do anything but troll on Liberal blogs.

At 10:29 p.m., Blogger Sinestra said...

Yes, Pontificator. This does have shades of someone else, doesn't it? And look how well that ended.

At 10:40 p.m., Blogger JCKelan said...

So, to what extent do the agreements, accords and letters which put the coalition in place apply to the successors of the signatories?

If Dion is out, I would expect that the Accord is dead and, consequently, the coalition is dead. This is particularly true if Iggy is successful in taking the leadership of the Liberal Party. After all, Mr. Lukewarm has done nothing to give the GG any assurance that he is fully committed to this "coup de graceless".

Consider, he only reluctantly stepped before the microphones with the other two aspirants to say he was in. Never has he shared the stage with Layton or Duceppe, let alone Dion, on this crucial matter. Never has he given a "come hell or high water" quote ... and he always has a good quote.

Now, if Iggy is willing to align the Liberals with the NDP and Bloc once again, Ms Jean may have something to think about. Clearly, the new Liberal leader will have to go through the hand-shaking, accord-signing ritual with his socialist and separatist friends to make the GG take even a passing glance at an alternative government.

I am confident, however, that Iggy recognizes the folly that this represents for the already tarnished Liberal brand and will let this thing die.

Bottom line - if there is a successful non-confidence vote in January, we will be going to the polls. With no alternative drooling at her front gate, the GG will have to proceed with disolution and a trip to the polls.

Get your campaigns ready, folks!

JC Kelan

At 11:35 p.m., Blogger Lizt. said...

It is not really up to Ignatieff to have the caucus vote him in..this is crazy. I am a member, and I would like my say the same as 308 riding members

At 2:53 a.m., Blogger Pissedoff said...

Just like all Canadians would like a vote (say) on your separatist coup-alition

At 8:10 a.m., Blogger RuralSandi said...

Wilson, I find it rich that you make comments EVERYWHERE and yet look at the scuzzy backroom dealings that formed the merger of the Alliance and Prog. Conservatives.

Do you not have anything to do in your life? Sad and pathetic.

And, this is a Liberal conversation - you input is only partisan and not worth the time.

At 10:48 p.m., Blogger Darth Vader said...

Why do so many people think they have a right to vote on things so evident during a crisis like this.

Iggy must be installed. If it went to a vote they could vote in anybody that they want.


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