Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Wide Open

Ed Broadbent today announced he will not seek re-election here in my riding of Ottawa-Centre due to his ill wifeThis is huge news since this riding is now in play for all three parties. . No knock on he NDP really but Ed won this riding handedly just on his name, he is so respected in this country that he could have run as a Tory and won. The riding has been a sure thing for the Liberals in the past but has a large NDP following. Richard Mahoney, Martin confident and area lawyer ran in the riding last election for the Liberals but said he would not seek the nomination till he felt he had a chance. Now with Ed out, chances are he will decide to seek the nomination again, my hunch is also backed up by the fact I got an email from the riding association for a meet and greet with Mahoney next week. The Tories ran a dud candidate last time but he faired pretty well in territory which is not Conservative at all. From what I have heard and read the Tories have a lot of quality candidates vying for the nomination, who though I do not know. The NDP still have a chance here if they can find someone to run with a name, the area has a lot of youth and that social liberal upper-class.

9 Comments:

  • At 11:59 PM, Anonymous dave said…

    It's too bad that Ed's leaving again.

    I wonder if there are any other high profile ND's planning a retirement? McDonough?

     
  • At 12:14 AM, Blogger Political Nobody said…

    I read somewhere that it is 50-50 if she runs again.

     
  • At 1:29 AM, Blogger Psychols said…

    Ed Broadbent is the one politician that retains his credibility year after year. Those of us who have never voted NDP would probably vote for Broadbent if he ran in our riding. Given Canada's current political climate, and voter alienation, we could use a few more like Ed Broadbent right now.

     
  • At 10:49 AM, Blogger daveberta said…

    i agree.

     
  • At 6:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Dear Mr. (or Miss) Nobody,

    You should be happy that there will be an election. How can you put up with all the corruption? I can't keep thinking of my Uncle Mark, who, after working hard in northern Saskatchewan for 47 years, paying taxes for so so long, asking nothing from any government ever, is now stuck on a small pension. Yet these Liberanos have no concern for the hard-working electorate. They don't care about others' money and how hard the taxpayers have worked to earn their living and pay their taxes. They spend it like it is water. This attitude pervades the Liberal party and it is time that the message was made loud and clear that the people of Canada won't stand for it any longer. One has to stand sometimes on principles, even if there is a personal cost. And no matter who is elected next, the people of Canada need to stand up for honest government, or it will continue to get worse.

     
  • At 9:13 PM, Blogger Political Nobody said…

    You know that last comment is typical oppostion bs. All Liberals are currupt, all Liberals are stealing your money. Tell your uncle that if he wants lower taxes and higher pension then he can cut funding to healthcare, foreign aid, infustructure etc. Simply put you cannot have it all my friend. And however much the Liberals wasted will never make up for all the spending and tax cuts you believe you can have.

     
  • At 11:38 PM, Anonymous dave said…

    hmmm. sounds like the 'anonymous' anti-liberal who posted on my blog today. He or she (most likely he) must be making his rounds.

     
  • At 11:39 PM, Anonymous dave said…

    do you think they'll bring back Audrey McLaughlin now that Ed Broadbent is leaving?

     
  • At 11:55 PM, Blogger Political Nobody said…

    hopefully not

     

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