Posts Tagged ‘liberal leadership

Quebec may not care but it hits above its weight for the Liberal leadership

- April 9th, 2013

Last year, when New Democrats elected Thomas Mulcair their leader, every single paid-up member of the party was allowed to vote and every single vote counted. It was a one-member, one-vote system.

There was, at various points in the race, concern from the Montreal-based Mulcair camp that, since Quebec had never had — and still does not have — a provincial wing of the party and since members of provincial NDP parties in BC, Manitoba, Ontario and elsewhere are automatically voting members of the federal party, that the one-member, one-vote system would be a handicap to candidates, like Mulcair, from Quebec.

The one-member, one-vote system in the NDP leadership race turned out, after all, not to be a handicap for Mulcair because he won.

Still, though the province of Quebec has about 23 per cent of the Canadian population, just 9.6 per cent of the eligible voters in that NDP contest were from Quebec. By contrast, more than 30 per cent of the voters were from B.C., even though B.C. has only 13 per cent of the population. Those who were nervous about one-member, one-vote were worried that regional imbalances would either given an advantage to one candidate or another.

The Liberal Party of Canada is in the midst of its own leadership race and voting is underway this week. Again, Quebec is under-represented so far as voters go if one compares Quebec votersto the overall population. Just 11.6 per cent of the Liberal leadership voters are from Quebec.

This time next week, the leaders of the two leading opposition parties could be from Quebec and yet, judged on their participation in each party’s leadership contest, Quebecer’s seem not to care that much. That’s the starting point for my discussion with Le Journal de Montréal blogger Lisa Ravary, above.

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VIDEO: On his way out as Liberal leader, Bob Rae puts his shoulder into a vital by-election

- April 8th, 2013

He might just be the best leader the Liberal Party of Canada never had and, for just a few more days, Bob Rae is the interim leader of the Big Red Machine. Tonight, we chat about the byelection in Labrador and the soon-to-be wrapped up leadership race.

Elizabeth May salutes Bob Rae — who could have been Green!

- March 27th, 2013
Bob Rae in Question Period

On his last day in the House of Commons as Interim Liberal leader, Bob Rae speaks during Question Period on March 27, 2013. (REUTERS/Chris Wattie)

After his caucus colleague Ralph Goodale, Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird (you’ll want to read what Baird said about Rae), and NDP House Leader Nathan Cullen said some nice things about Bob Rae — it was last day in the House of Commons Wednesday as his party’s interim leaders — Green Party Leader Elizabeth May had this tribute:

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Twitter’s Liberal Juggernaut

- February 22nd, 2013

The Liberal leadership race according to the number of followers each has on Twitter (current at 3:30 PM ET this afternoon):

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Trudeau: “Ottawa is less and less relevant to Canadians”

- February 21st, 2013

Today, in St. Hyacinthe, QC, our reporters asked Liberal leadership candidate more questions about the $277,000 he says he has earned in speaking fees since becoming an MP in 2008. You can watch one of his answers in the video above but I’ve also reproduced here below. If I parse it back correctly, Trudeau is saying his speaking tour has been necessary because Canadians are tuning out what happens in Parliament — and that, of course, is the fault of the current Conservative government — which means that if MPs, like Trudeau, want to talk to Canadians about their ideas and policies they advocated, well, the House of Commons is no longer the place to do that: Read more…