The Un-Pundit Speaks

I give you a selection of thoughts and comments from Speech Night at the Liberal leadership convention.

Disclaimer: I'm a bit of a socialist tree-hugger. Read on at your own risk. But of course I welcome comment and debate.

It's not surprising, but the environment has never enjoyed this level of exposure in politics. However, criticizing the Government over what they've done with Kyoto is very pot/kettle. If the Libs think Canada believes they're going to make real progress this time around, they'd better lay down a plan, and fast.

Martha Hall Findlay spoke so well and seemed so organized, it's hard to believe she's #8 in the ranks. I hope she runs for office, and soon.

Scott Brison's tie knot? Wayyy too wide. I hope he's not leading a fashion trend here. His speech, however, was excellent.

Joe Volpe may become the new Joe Who.

I was frankly surprised at Ken Dryden's political track record. That's one accomplished lawyer/goalie. The dude finished his law degree while playing pro hockey.

St├ęphane Dion's english is just fine, despite what critics say. It's not like we've never had a Francophone leader in this country."Stephen Harper thinks child care should be delivered through the mailbox" may have been the funniest line of the night.

Belinda Stronach (providing political commentary for CBC tonight) looks good with dark hair. I trust she's done that so that people will listen to what she has to say rather than describing her as typifying blonde ambition.

The Lovely Wife would all but leave me for Justin Trudeau.  And I wouldn't blame her.

Gerard Kennedy is far too grassroots to be chosen as leader (and he's from the West!). Canada wouldn't know what to do with someone so dedicated to poverty issues. I like him. I loved his video.

Bob Rae's left-leanings is exactly what I might wish for in a centralist party like the Libs. I'm guessing he won't win, which is a pity. I can't believe he's doing his speech without the prompter. Incidentally, if you don't think the guy's a good politician and an extremely personal guy after watching this, then you're nuts. (Ack.  I spoke too soon. His off-colour joke about the PM ordering steak in a restaurant had me embarrassed for him.)

I have got to get myself on french training at work.  Watching people bounce back and forth between English and French with such ease is fantastic. And hey, I got most of the french bits even without the help of the fine folks at the CBC.

People should not fear politicians who are "smarter than they are". Ignatieff's stats are staggering. Iggy's got an M.A. from Cambridge, PhD from Harvard, and a paltry 9 honourary degrees. 16 books published in 12 languages? Tough to believe this guy wants to sign up for the grief of the PM's job. If he doesn't win, I'll be shocked.

I guess we'll see how it all shakes out tomorrow.

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Posted bythemikestand at 10:01 PM  

4 stepped up to the mike:

Anonymous said... 7:48 AM, December 02, 2006  

I have to be catty. Scott Brison can't dress to save his life. And where the heck is that accent from?? No one else in the valley has that accent. I shudder at the thought of having a leader who posed in a nude calendar, even if it was for charity.
My vote's with Bob Rae.
Although we all know that whenever the Liberals get back on the hill it'll all be blaming the Tories for legislation issues. The more things change the more they say the same.

And I hear you on the French training, mine is disappearing faster than dignity at an office xmas party.

Anonymous said... 9:02 AM, December 02, 2006  

bah! i lost my post by signing into BLOGGER BETA. okay, don't follow my example and change.

anyhow, i said i agreed with the lovely wife about justin, and with most of your comments. the only person i'd be sickened by is ignatief. that guy wouldn't recognize a poverty issue if he stepped over it.

chirky said... 3:30 PM, December 02, 2006  

Okay, I just don't get it. When I visit your site from work, I am redirected to this crazy advertisement site, the annoying kind that is ALL advertisements and not any blog. And it's frustrating, because I'm like, "This guy has funny comments. Why doesn't he have a blog?"

And then I came here today from my home computer, and look! You have a blog!

Who knew?

themikestand said... 8:59 AM, December 05, 2006  

frozenextremities: I concur (not about the accent... I didn't really notice) -- and have you SEEN the picture of him in that calendar? Tsk, tsk... somebody's not doing their ab crunches.

chrstine: sorry to hear that beta lost your comment. I didn't mind Iggy all that much, but I think the "other side" would have jumped all over him for not being anywhere near the liberal party until last year.

chirky: Glad you finally were allowed to see the drivel I come up with. You obviously know I love your stuff.

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