01 November 2006

Ignatieff for PM?

"If he ever becomes prime minister and tries to advance on this file, I shudder for the country."

-Jeffrey Simpson, on Ignatieff's constitutional proposal.

9 Comments:

Blogger In_The_Centre said...

and tries to advance on this file

Which Ignatieff won’t do because the conditions will not be right (conveniently?)

So in that case, Simpson shouldn’t be shuddering.

November 01, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Almost a year ago today, the very same pundits who are up in arms over the Quebec Liberal resolution were predicting that voters in the rest of Canada would make the Conservative leader pay dearly for his election overtures to Quebec. In the end, Harper's promise of more open federalism gave him enough Quebec seats to become Prime Minister... Canadian elections are usually won by reaching out to Quebec." - Chantal Hebert, The Star

November 01, 2006  
Blogger Gavin Neil said...

In-The-Centre - so you mean Iggy is opportunistically making this issue a central plank in his campaign in spite of the fact that it's incredibly divisive and he has no intention of moving forward on it?

Simpson can stop shuddering, but I won't.

November 01, 2006  
Blogger Jason Bo Green said...

I wont' stop shuddering either - he's cornered. He's made promises that will be addressed and that will haunt. It's not going back into the bag, it's out.

Why anyone is still supporting this guy is beyond me. He is clearly a disaster. It's un-frigging-believable that this guy is creaming and MHF gets 0.9% support. WTF????

November 01, 2006  
Blogger Gavin Neil said...

JBG - it tells us that the party is an oligopoly, not a democracy, and that the preponderance of decision making power is reserved to a small group. As ever, those with power tend to try to keep it, and therefore there are a number of processes (the delegated convention, for example) designed to prevent outsiders from participating effectively.

The small group of insiders decided to support Iggy back in February, and in spite of everything since that band of insiders with their early support have ensured he started off as and has remained the leader in this race.

It is possible that a truer democracy takes place on the floor, when delegates are free to change their minds in the second round. I expect to see a decline in Iggy's support, which would end his race even if he hung on to the lead. See which of Gerard and Dion pick up the most support, and you have your real contender.

November 02, 2006  
Blogger DivaRachel said...

I'm surprised that G&M's flagrantly biased writers are slowly changing their tune on Iggy. Who's bandwagon will they jump on next?

November 02, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ya, and Jeffrey "Conservative" Simpson is the end all on points of view - hmmmm.

November 04, 2006  
Blogger Gavin Neil said...

Anon - agreeing with someone on a given point is not the same as conceding that their opinions are the be all and end all of anything. But I suppose it's easier to pretend that I have blind faith in Simpson, and then to attack me for that, then it is to consider what's being discussed and contribute.

G

November 04, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It wasn't an attack - it was an opinion - a little sensitive here?

November 06, 2006  

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