Posts Tagged ‘liberal leadership

COLUMN: Kinsella – Mischief could stop Trudeau

- February 24th, 2013

Liberal ‘supporters’ could prove Justin’s downfall

by Warren Kinsella

As the Liberal party’s leadership race inches towards its mid-April conclusion, one fact is undeniable: Justin Trudeau has won it.

The Montreal MP has raised more money than all of his opponents combined. He attracts fans in the thousands, even in previously hostile territory like rural Western Canada.

And successive polls show that, under his leadership, the Liberals could plausibly vault from third-party status to government. Read more…

COLUMN: Goldstein – Canada’s love affair with Trudeau

- June 28th, 2012

We’re Justin love

When it comes to Trudeau, Canucks act like groupies

by Lorrie Goldstein

There are only two possible explanations for this week’s national Abacus Data poll which surveyed Canadians on the prospect of Justin Trudeau becoming federal Liberal leader.

The first is that Canadians can accurately be described as giddy school girls who would elect their hair brushes as prime minister, as long as they were named “Trudeau.” Read more…

COLUMN: Solberg – Liberal leadership follies

- June 26th, 2012

Hair-raising Liberal leadership race

by Monte Solberg

So the Liberals will choose a new leader in April 2013. What could go wrong?

Normally this is just a totally hilarious question Conservatives might pose to their friends as a way to get a laugh. Obviously anything and everything can go wrong for the Liberals. It already has.

But Conservatives shouldn’t be smug. Conservatives are of the cast mind that we expect things to go wrong and we know that eventually Conservative parties will lose office, lose their conservatism or both. Read more…

COLUMN: Robson – Go away Bob Rae, but not because you’re old

- June 17th, 2012

Rae too old?! Rubbish!

by John Robson

Looks like we won’t have Bob Rae to kick around anymore. After much agonizing by columnists, he announced Wednesday he wouldn’t run for the leadership of a Liberal Party we may not have to kick around much longer either. Frankly I’m glad to see him go. But not, please, on account of his advanced age.

To hear some pundits talk, Rae is a living fossil, the coelacanth of Canadian politics, ancient as the Rocky Mountains. Why, he’s 63. Can you imagine?

The Globe’s Lawrence Martin can’t, insisting Rae would be an unsuitable leader because his party needs renewal and Rae was born waaaay back in 1948. (Along with Martin.) Why, by the next election he’d be *gasp* 67. Who is this guy, Amenhotep III? Get thee to a pyramid.

I mean really. By the time Winston Churchill was 63 in 1937 he was so senile he thought Hitler was a menace. Three years later he was good for nothing but pottering about rallying Britons in the darkest part of World War II and saving civilization. Fetch my spade, boy. Read more…

COLUMN: Kinsella – Trudeau is the man for Liberal leadership

- June 12th, 2012

Justin time for Liberal leadership

by Justin Trudeau

How serious is a Justin Trudeau candidacy for Liberal Party leader?

Serious enough that the smearmongers are now frantically trying to stop his momentum. Serious enough that nasty rumours and scurrilous allegations are now being circulated in some Grit circles — anonymously, natch — to try to persuade the Montreal Liberal MP to stay out of the coming contest. Read more…