Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Iggs Is Gonna Take It

You heard it here first! :)

I know there is plenty of bullshit being spun by bloggers on how great their candidate is. It's easy to think that it's just empty propoganda, but I assure you that I use the utmost sincerity when talking about Michael Ignatieff.

As I truck along with the Ignatieff's campaign, I continue to be impressed with the organization. I'm learning so much and this is truly one of the best experiences I've had in politics.

The people a leadership candidate has around him or her, are very much indicative of the person they are. I've been lucky enought to have met a lot of people on the campaign in BC and I am totally impressed with the morale, the integrity and the work ethic. The people Ignatieff keeps close to him are good, quality folk and ultimately, it's their character that has confirmed it for me that I am working for the right candidate.

Here's a look at some of Ignatieff's support across Canada:

Newfoundland and Labrador
- Paul Antle, Past Candidate (2006) - St. John's East
- Tom McGrath, Treasurer - Liberal Party of Canada (Newfoundland and Labrador), 1999 Provincial Candidate - St. John’s East
- Todd Russell, MP Labrador

- Hon. Wayne Easter, MP Malpeque
- Hon. Joe McGuire, MP Egmont

Nova Scotia
- Hon. Geoff Regan, MP Halifax West
- Rodger Cuzner, MP Cape Breton-Canso
- Robert Thibault, MP West Nova

New Brunswick
- Jean-Claude D’Amours, MP Madawaska-Restigouche
- Sen. Rose-Marie Losier-Cool
- Paul Zed, MP Saint John

- Hon. Denis Coderre, MP Bourassa
- Sen. Roméo Dallaire, retired Lieutenant-General
- Raymonde Folco, MP Laval—Les Îles
- Marcel Proulx, MP Hull Aylmer
- Pablo Rodriguez, MP Honore-Mercier and former President of LPCQ

- John Cannis, MP Scarborough Centre
- Paul Szabo, MP Mississauga South
- Hon. Mauril Bélanger, MP Ottawa-Vanier
- Marlene Catterall, former MP Ottawa West—Nepean
- Hon. Elinor Caplan, former Cabinet Minister, former MP Thornhill
- Milton Chan, Vice President Policy - Young Liberals of Canada
- Ruby Dhalla, MP Brampton-Springdale
- Hon. Albina Guarnieri, MP Mississauga East-Cooksville
- Susan Kadis, MP Thornhill
- Hon. Derek Lee, MP Scarborough-Rouge River
- John Maloney, MP Welland
- Hon. John McCallum, MP Markham-Unionville
- Hon. John McKay, MP Scarborough-Guildwood
- Christian Provenzano, 2006 Liberal Candidate - Sault Ste. Marie
- Lloyd St. Amand, MP Brant
- Roger Valley, MP Kenora
- Hon. Elinor Caplan, former federal and provincial cabinet minister
- Hon. Jim Peterson, MP Willowdale
- Sen. David Smith

- Sharon Appleyard, President of Liberal Party of Canada (Manitoba
- Hon. Raymond Simard, MP Saint Boniface

- Hon. Pana Papas Merchant, Senator

- Cory Lynch, Elections Readiness Chair - Alberta Young Liberals
- Sen. Grant Mitchell, Former Leader - Alberta Liberal Party

- Hon. Keith Martin, MP Esquimalt - Juan de Fuca
- Hon. Stephen Owen, MP Vancouver Quadra


At 4:23 AM, Blogger Red Tory said...

It would be nice if they answered their e-mail. That might seem petty, but when you contact them asking for materials and all you get back is >>crickets<<... not too impressive.

At 4:39 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

And in BC it would be nice if they reached out to anyone who had been involved in the party the past five years. They've shut everyone out in favour of the country club lifestyle.

At 5:05 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So the "big names" are with IGGY, eh? Just like they were with Paul Martin in 2003 and John Turner in 1984.
That may be good for the IGGSTER but will be very bad for the PArty if he does luck into this.
It should also be noted that his campaign is being run by Alf Apps and Ian Davey. Nothwithstanding Davey's classy pedigree, those are the two that submarined John Manley's effort back in 2003.

At 5:32 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


I don't see it. Afghanistan is splitting the Liberal Party with Iggy/Brison getting 1/3 of the support and the other candidates 2/3 of the support.

Unless more Liberals become pro-Afghanistan between now and the convention, your prediction is mistaken.

The only chance the Iggy/Brison camps have in changing this 1/3 vs 2/3 split is my signing up as many Conservatives as possible the next 10 days. This is the only way your prediction will occur.

At 6:13 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What those guys said. Me too.

At 6:28 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Iggy is a carpet-bagger, just like Rae.

Grassroots Liberals will stop these tourists in our party, and choose someone who has a commitment to Liberalism that goes beyond their own personal ambitions.

Both Rae and iggy polarize Liberals rather than unite them.

At 6:45 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

for anon......John Manley did himself in when he dissed our beloved Queen.

At 8:40 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The people a leadership candidate has around him or her, are very much indicative of the person they are

The fact that you linked this to the Jonathan Ross endorsement means I can agree 100% with you. Jonathan Ross is a pompous do-nothing who jumped ship during a campaign because David Hurford told him to, rather than on legitimate policy concerns.

At 9:37 AM, Blogger Zac said...

That might seem petty, but when you contact them asking for materials and all you get back is >>crickets<<... not too impressive.

RT, what materials do you want? I'll send them to you.

At 10:16 AM, Blogger Pedro said...


Me too. Let me know.

At 10:30 AM, Blogger noone said...

Iggy divides Liberals and the party.

Your statement here:- I know there is plenty of bullshit being spun by bloggers on how great their candidate is is doing the same thing.

At 10:33 AM, Blogger Pedro said...

One of the anons,

Alfred Apps and Ian Davey are not running his campaign. He has three national co-chairs: Ruby Dhalla, Sen. David Smith and Denis Coderre.


I think that this whole Afghanistan debacle (the supposed "division" among the Party) is something that has been engineered by Harper. It would truly be a shame if people bought into it.

Personally, I support the extension of the mission and there are a million other reasons why I support Michael Ignatieff and Afghanistan is just one.

To another anon,

Tourists? Blah, blah - do your research.

To another anon,

Country clubs? My experience has definitely been that this isn't an elitist group - maybe they are, but it definitely hasn't been my experience. And besides, I'm way too poor to be hanging out there anyways ;)

At 10:35 AM, Blogger Pedro said...

Carrie - go to hell. What do you know?

At 3:46 PM, Blogger Jeff said...

Yowza. Troubling, this is becoming. Just get along, can't we all?

At 7:26 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ignatieff commands the support of existing MPs, long time Liberal candidates and other ex officio delegates because he has promised all of them (personally) the world.

Many supporting Ignatieff do so not because they think he is worthy, but because they think they've picked the winning horse. Let's face it, you're not going to get a cabinet spot by supporting Hedy Fry.

Ignatieff is a trend not a leader of substance. His supporters favour him because they favour their own careers.


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