Convention leftovers

I’ve a few convention leftovers that I want to share.

Convention buttons were a big hit on the floor among Liberals. (See my previous post for the other buttons)

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Speaking of Justin vs. Belinda in Smackdown 2008, check out Macleans top story about the race to replace Stephane Dion, the Liberals’ interim leader.

I mentioned in one of Greg Staples earlier hotstove podcasts that if Bob Rae had won, the Conservatives would have spun the new Liberal leader as “potentially Canada’s first NDP Prime Minister”. I think that this button captures that spirit.

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Staying on Bob Rae, and mocking him on his record instead of resorting to vicious ad hominem attacks we have this amusing button handed out on the convention floor:

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This button was critical of the lack of french spoken at the Liberal convention in Montreal. I heard that a full 80% of delegates could not speak french (or were unilingual, I forget which).

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Finally, on the last ballot between Iggy and Dion, these buttons made their first appearance on the convention floor. These are obviously funny for a few reasons.

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Moving on from the buttons, this piece came from the Conservative war room to help Liberals feel especially good about themselves at their party.

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And… the best piece from the convention, in my opinion, was produced by the NDP war room who were kind enough to email me the PDF of their “map to the scars”, an Adscam tour of Montreal. Print it out, fold it up and hand it out to your friends (but tell them to vote Conservative!)

Download the Adscam map (PDF)

Justin Trudeau to run in Outremont?

justin-trudeau.jpgI overheard at the convention last weekend that Justin Trudeau is considering a run in the riding of Outremont.

I didn’t put much stock into the rumour, but this makes it more likely to be true (Romeo St. Martin reports that Jean Lapierre may not run again in Outremont). Further, could he sit as an MP under a Dion government given Dion’s hardline with soft Quebec nationalists?

Also, perhaps Trudeau believed that Kennedy (and then Dion) were weak leaders to support so that the eldest son of P.E. Trudeau could run for Liberal leadership in 2008.

Trudeau would be a (future leadership) candidate that would run heavily on personality and the name “Trudeau”. Here’s Blogging Tories Television’s interview with him.

I’m certain that it’s not a question of if but when and when may come sooner than we think if Lapierre’s vacating of Outremont (again, perhaps because of Dion) is true.

A Justin Trudeau run in the riding of Outremont? You heard it here first.

An interesting comparison

The pundits at Bluedraft made an interesting and yet legitimate criticism of the media today concerning the bid of Belinda Stronach for the leader of the Conservative Party of Canada.

Just compare Belinda Stronach’s treatment at the hands of the national press to another famous kid with a rich daddy.

When Justin Trudeau makes a speech, he’s not described as a tasty little piece of beefcake, but as “the heir to the Trudeau legacy.” Media outlets line up to write breathless profiles of him, slavering at the prospect that he will run for public office. “It’s a question of when, not if,” they intone. Trudeau’s qualifications, thin though they might be, are overlooked in the rush to resurrect Trudeaumania.

Stronach, who’s actually accomplished something in her life, runs for office and she’s instantly dismissed as “the It girl.” Because she’s blonde and attractive, she qualifies for descriptors such as “hot,” “bodacious” and the press reports on what she’s wearing as if she were Queen Elizabeth.

I don’t know what causes this cynicism it the media and this attitude unfortunately filters down to some Canadians. Is there an agenda or does this invective petty attitude actually sell newspapers?