Sunday, March 05, 2006

Partisans!

So, Harper dismisses the ethics inquiry into Emerson's floor crossing, and the efforts by constituents in Vancouver-Kingsway to have Emerson resign, as "partisan" attacks.

I guess by that token this means that any criticisms of Conservative policy that don't come from within the party are just partisan. It will be interesting to see if this trend in defense keeps up.

Meanwhile, I have to say that I kinda agree with Mad Milan on this one; why is the Federal Liberal Party going to be moving so slowly on finding a new leader?

I know a leadership convention isn't something you could pull together in a couple weeks, or even a couple months, but one year?

If funding is the issue, then maybe consider lowering the cost of entry into the fray. That would have the side benefit of making the process more democratic, but that's just my opinion.

This isn't about white-washing the corruption from the past; it's about getting down to the house-cleaning that the party needs.

One thing to consider is that without that new leader in place, the Conservatives might find a sweet spot to engineer their own defeat, and blame it on the opposition. Yes, it's unlikely, as it would be a risky strategy, but if they felt they could launch themselves into a majority then they just might try it.

March 15: Ok, I think I understand the leadership timing thing now. The candidates will be signing up new party members as part of the campaign; however, only members who have been with the party for at least 5 months can vote. If the leadership convention is set for Feb. 2007, then September is the cut-off for new memebers who can have a say, which leaves the next 5 and a half months for campaigning... kinda short on time when you look at it that way.

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