Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Why I am supporting Gerard Kennedy

My decision did not come lightly, after personally meeting many of the candidates, reading thought a fair amount of information, talking it over with friends and pondering it myself for quiet sometime I have decided to support Gerard Kennedy. My decision was based on a few things, obviously some semblance of vision and policy is required and so is experience, but also electability in an general election as well as someone who can take the party to a new place.

The party is in a low state right now, Canadians opinion of the party has failed obviously but so have loyal party members. We must fix both problems yet at the same time recognize it will not take one or two years but four or six. I overheard a discussion between two Iggie supporters talking about their chances in the next election. They believe that if Iggie wins then the Liberals have the best chance they thought to win in two, but if the Liberals would lose with him at that time, the party would be screwed. Harper will be in power I believe for four to six years, and the goal should be not what the above Iggie troops were hoping for. The goal must be to take power in four to six and keep it for at least two strong majority terms. I think Kennedy is the person who can do this.

Kennedy is young, almost bilingual, has a great story and has been a life long Liberal with none of the baggage. Do not discount how important this will all be come election time. He will be almost immune from the attacks of the opposition who will be trying to rehash sponsorship. He also has a record to stand on in politics of the biggest Canadian province, managing a department whose budget is bigger then some provinces. He also has an amazing pre-politics story, running and founding two food banks gives him credibility when it comes to social issues.

Being a life long Liberal and having none of the federal party baggage is key for creating a strong party within. Having the ability to unite the wings of the party as well as attracting those who were hesitant to get involved because of the perceived internal problems will be invaluable.

Kennedy though has something to work on, his French from what I have heard is not as bilingual as everyone thought. Also his verbiage is still very provincial, he will have to work harder to switch from the provincial mindset to the federal one if he wants a better chance to win the crown come December.

I also wanted to mention some thought on the other candidate. I have much respect for Dryden and Dion and if it comes to a second ballot would highly consider them. But there ability to connect with all Canadians is a problem, sadly it is a superficial one but it an important one. Michael Ignateiff, I also have much respect for, but as a professor. His complete lack of any experience in leadership and politics is a huge problem and also his electability concerns me.


  • At 11:12 PM, Blogger Vincent Riccio said…

    Welcome to the club.

  • At 11:34 PM, Blogger calgarygrit said…

    Well put. The party needs to look at a long term solution, not a quick fix.

    And if you're looking for a long term solution, Kennedy is the best of the field (and probably has the best chance at winning the next election too, fwiw).

  • At 12:42 AM, Anonymous Keep it Liberal said…

    You present your reasons well. Good choice.

  • At 10:59 AM, Blogger Yappa said…

    I see the point about wanting a long-term solution rather than a short-term fix, but I don't think we can afford to concede the next election by choosing a leader who needs a few years to prepare.

    If/when Steve gets a majority, he will have the notwithstanding clause and 5 long years to create his vision of Canada. If that happens, Canada will never be the same. I think it's our responsibility to do everything we can to keep that from happening.

    Gerard's a good guy but he doesn't have enough experience to win an election or run the country - yet. His leadership bid ensures that he'll be a cabinet minister if we form the next election, and I think that's a pretty good outcome for him.

    So anyway, that's a long-winded way of saying that I respect your opinion but I disagree! I hope we can emerge from this leadership process more united, and never again repeat the horror of the 1990 leadership race and subsequent 15-year feud.

  • At 1:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Gerard is great but too green...we need to back Ken Dryden ...people are sick of the runoff-at- the mouth with false promises and lies kind of politician...Ken is older and more polished...he speaks directly and hits home and looks you in the eye when he does it...I think he is OUR MAN and Quebecers love him...even with his poor french.

  • At 1:39 PM, Blogger Carrie said…

    Dion is better. And I have to say, Kennedy's new environmental plan details sound suspiciously like he's been reading Dion's plans and trying to make them his own. Poor form.

  • At 4:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Kennedy is unfocused and uninspiring. He just stunk for the second week in a row in the debates.

  • At 2:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Best regards from NY! here

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