Friday, May 26, 2006

Pedro Salutes Kennedy

Earlier this week, Calgary Grit posed that Kennedy was considering running for a seat in Western Canada. While I would discourage Kennedy from doing so, seeing as his roots wouldn't be very deep, I salute his intentions to try and make Western Canada feel more included. However, I don't really think that having a powerhouse, like Kennedy (you got it - in my books, he's a powerhouse), run in a Western province is really going to do much, but kudos to Kennedy for having the right intentions.

Western Canada (and by that, I mean West of Ontario - how arrogant), by no stretch of the imagination, is a homogenous entity. The politics is very different depending on the Province you are in, althought I don't really know because I have no idea of what goes on between Alberta and Manitoba. I usually just stick to my BC politics, but also follow the news in Ontario and Quebec.

To say that I, as a Westerner, will feel more included to have a strong candidate in the West, is a little unrealistic. Say he decides to run in Saskatchewan - won't make a difference to me; I have no idea what happens there (not a good thing, but let's be realistic). Even if he ran in Alberta - who cares?! I don't even care that our Prime Minister is from Calgary, and not just because he's an asshole, but because it really doesn't mean anything.

At the end of the day, it's not about where you are from, but what kind of policies you produce. Harper is from Alberta and the Province has been pissed that there isn't enough representation for them in Cabinet, etc, etc. I mean, the guy is from Alberta, but keeps dotting on Quebec!

To make the West feel more included, have Western-friendly policies would do so much more - hold more conferences out here, give us a Federal bureaucracy head quarters, give us more seats... There are other ways to make us feel more included in the federal political process than running a powerhouse out West.

BUT, having said that, I really do tip my hat off to Kennedy. I haven't met him personally, but I'm sure I would like him. The more and more I read of him, I'm realizing that he's the idealist-type. Perhaps it's his young age, but I think that he will bring so much to our Party in terms of renewal, raising our morale, bringing marginalized groups into the fold, maintaining our conscience etc. He definitely inspires me and give him a few more years of life experience and I hope to see him as our leader one day. In the meantime, support Iggy ;)

Oh, and as a side note, I am so impressed with all you Kennedy supporters - I think you guys (with few exceptions) are the nicest campaign team outside of the Ignatieff's crew, that I've come into contact with. Meanest campaign team goes to Fry for this stunt. Ouch.


At 6:26 PM, Blogger calgarygrit said...

Thanks for the nice words Pedro.

Kennedy running in the West is a small gesture, but a good symbolic one. Having a party leader or major Cabinet Minister/critic from the West can't help but be a good thing.

At 6:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Obviously, as an Iggy supporter, you will have a certain viewpoint but I think you are missing the key point on Kennedy and a run for a Western seat. While many feel the Liberal Party has to strategically pick up seats in the West and Quebec (for the obvious reason that we hardly have any seats in these regions), for Kennedy it is simply a natural option to run from where you have a perspective. He is just as at home in the West as he is in the East.

The fact that Kennedy could run in an Eastern or Western seat is nothing but good news for the party and for him as the next leader. Although it doesn't matter to you, many Westerners like the idea of having the first Liberal leader who was born and raised in the West.

At 7:46 AM, Blogger H. Cowen said...

Fact check: Harper is actually from toronto. scary.

At 9:28 AM, Blogger Pedro said...


Yeah, I hear what you are saying. I don't know how "at home" Kennedy would be in the "West", though, since his roots are out East. But I would still respect Kennedy if he decided to do so. I just don't think it will do that much, but like CG said, it's a symbolic gesture and it can't hurt.

h. cowen,

Interesting - from Toronto, eh? Still, though, his seat is in Calgary.


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