Thursday, April 06, 2006

Iggs Has The Movers And The Shakers

First, I would like to appologize for all the errors in my previous draft - I wrote it quickly on a lunch break and made some mistakes... ooopss... sorry Milton!

Young and old, we've got 'em: Senator David Smith, Marc Lalonde, David Peterson, Jim Peterson, Pablo Rodriguez, Rodger Cuzner, Eileen Carroll and more will come out of the woodworks tomorrow at Iggy's official announcement signalling his quest to become leader.

Senator David Smith:
Smith was elected to Parliament in 1980 and in 1982 became Deputy House Leader and Minister of State for Small Businesses and Tourism. Smith later returned to the legal profession and served as Chairman of Fraser & Beatty and its successor firms, Fraser Milner, and Fraser Milner Casgrain, one of Canada's five largest law firms, until his appointment to the Senate. In the 1990s, he worked as a senior backroom adviser to Liberal leader Chrétien and since Martin's resignation, Smith has been advocating for Party unity.

Marc Lalonde:
A lawyer, Lalonde worked as a special advisor to PC Justice Minister, E. Davie Fulton. He then left politics to pursue a legal career, only to return as an advisor to Lester Peterson and as a Principal Secretary to Pierre Trudeau. In 1972, Lalonde won a seat in Parliament and served in several Cabinet positions while also being Pierre Trudeau's Québec's Lieutenant. In 1989, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada and in 2004, was inducted into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame. During the 1990s, he served as an ad hoc judge at the International Court of Justice and has represented Canada in numerous trade disputes. In 2005, Paul Martin named him Co-President of the Liberal Party's electoral campaign. Along with David Peterson, Lalonde will be Igg's Honorary Campaign Co-Chair.

David Peterson:
Peterson was the first Liberal Premier of Ontario in 42 years. Peterson's government introduced several pieces of progressive legislation. It eliminated "extra billing" by doctors, brought in pay equity provisions, and reformed the province's rent review and labour negotiation laws. He was also the founding chairman of the Toronto Raptors and was a member of Toronto's Olympic Bid Committee. Since leaving politics, he has been a professor at York, a senior partner and chairman of the Toronto law firm Cassels, Brock & Blackwell. In his legal practice he provides international advice to a wide range of clients about public policy issues and government affairs in Canada. With Marc Lalonde, David Petson will be Iggy's Honorary Campaign Co-Chair.

Jim Peterson:
A former MP, Peterson was appointed Secretary of State of the Ministry of International Financial Institutions, but Peterson was sent back to the backbench in 2002. He returned to serve in Paul Martin's cabinet, whom Peterson had long supported. Yet, Peterson first came to public attention in 1974 when he helped ballet star Mikhail Baryshnikov defect from the USSR during a performance of the Bolshoi Ballet in Toronto. He is also the brother of former Ontario Premier, David Peterson and Tim Peterson who sits in the Ontario Legislature. He will be Mr. Ignatieff's Ontario campaign co-chair alongside of Aileen Carroll.

Aileen Carroll:
A former Alderwoman of Barrie, Ontario, she was the former Minister of International Cooperation under the Martin Administration. Along with Jim Peterson, Carroll will be Iggs' Ontario Campaign Co-Chair.

Pablo Rodriguez:
Rodriguez, who most of the potential contenders had courted, is aMontreal MP and former President of the Party's Quebec Wing. With a background in communications and consulting work, Rodriguez is one of two or three MPs with substantial organizational networks across the province. Currently, he is the Chair of the Standing Committee on Official Languages and a Member of the Liaison Committee and the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage.

Rodger Cuzner:
As a former former political organizer, Partliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister and Chair of the Liberal's Canada Caucus in the last Parliament, Cuzner is now an elected MP in Nova Scotia. He will serve Iggy as his Atlantic Canada campaign chair.

As for the the Young Liberals, we've got Kim Emsley-Leik as our BC Organizer. Kudos to her (eat shit Coco!). Emsley-Leik is bright, articulate, driven, connected and principled. I look forward to working with her. She is a strong, capable woman and in inspiration to young girls.

In Ontario, it looks like Milton Chan will be Iggy's National Youth Chair. Chan is great. I've been working with him and I have been so impressed with his principled approach and his solid work ethic. Undoubtedly, it is his strong character that has made him so successful in his positions with the YLC, but you probably know him best for creating Election Predictions. On top of all Chan's accomplishments, he is a full-time law student at Osgoode and is still PASSING!

Last, but not least, Iggs has Antonio Di Domizio. Di Domizio is my personal favourite and is best known for his sincere, thought-provoking editorials on Fuddle Duddle. He is also the Vice President of Policy for the YLC(Q).

*** Also supporting the Igg-ster is Quebec-Wing President Robert Fragasso and Vice-President Mario Poirier.


At 12:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

His name is Milton Chan, actually.

At 3:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was about to say.

At 3:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, Milton Wong, Senator David Smith AND David Smith!

This guy is unstopable!

At 3:31 PM, Blogger Pedro said...

I KNOW, I KNOW! I wrote this super fast on my lunch break. I wasn't thinking, but I'll up date it once I get home from work! Oops!

At 4:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Michael Ignatieff is the man to lead the party. However, Antonio Di Domizio is an incompetant fool. He isn't principalled, nor is he particularly serious or bright. I think he may hurt the Ignatieff campaign, of which I am a great supporter.

At 4:58 PM, Blogger Pedro said...

I put in Antonio because I really like him. He's sweet as pie ;) and he always manages to get people talking.

At 6:59 PM, Blogger Dan McKenzie said...

So Pablo Rodriguez is the National Campaign Co-Chair while he's still an MP? And who's the other Co-Chair?

At 10:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Emsley-Leik is pretty phenomenal

At 8:17 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Heil Iggy!, eh?

At 3:09 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I personally do not think Iggy is a strong leader that could reunite the party and eventually lead the country. Nor has he lived here in Canada, long enough to run, nor does he have the political experience of the charisma to do so.


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