Sunday, March 19, 2006

LIBERALS PICKING A NEW LEADER THIS DECEMBER

The Liberal leadership convention has been officially called for December 2-3, to be held in Montreal, Quebec. I could be wrong on this one but I think this could be the first time one of the national parties has held its national leadership convention in Montreal. Certainly the first time in a very long time. I think maybe the Bloc chose their leader there. Or was it Quebec City? Anyway, they don't count anyway as a national party.

I'm sure they chose Montreal for political reasons: so they could win back Quebec after ripping Quebecers off with the sponsorship scandal. Fat chance.

I'm not terribly surprised they chose Montreal. I would have thought Toronto would have stood a shot since so many of the potential leadership candidates are from the city. Toronto would have been nice and convenient for most of them. Maybe they figure Toronto has had enough of leadership conventions, federal and provincial. This decade alone, Toronto has hosted something like a half-dozen. That's enough.

The Liberals select delegates in late September and they have a July 1st cutoff for membership sales. They have a spending limit of 3.4 million dollars to contend with. Interesting stuff. Expect to see the major candidates declare their intentions pretty soon given this timetable.

And oh yeah, you can finally put a fork in Paul Martin as Leader of the Liberals, he's resigned today. The title now fully belongs to the interim leader, Bill Graham.

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