Thursday, March 08, 2007

comes a time...

well i guess there comes a time in every party when "out with the old and in with the new happens"... for those of us liberals who have been involved in the party a number of years its really weird seeing familiar mp's call it quits.

in a way there are some nostalgic feelings of sort, particularly when you see former cabinet ministers decide that it is time to move on.

so who is out so far since the last election... ?

joe fontana - former minister of housing and labour

jean lapierre - former minister of transportation

paul martin - former prime minister, minister on finance

bill graham - interim leader of the official opposition, minister of defense, minister of foreign affairs

andy scott - solicitor general, minister of indian affairs and northern development

joe mcguire - minister responsible for atlantic canada opportunities agency (acoa)

jim peterson - minister of international trade, minister of state (international financial institutions)

others who may be saying goodbye to politics:
-tom wappel
-joe comuzzi
-irwin cotler
-john godfrey

with the news of bob rae, gerard kennedy, martha hall findlay and justin trudeau running ... it looks like the face of party is going to change drastically during the next election. furthermore with young guns - mark holland, scott brison, balinda stronach, dominic leblanc, ruby dhalla, tina keeper, navdeep bains... among others ... its going to be a tough team to beat!

with the dion team shaping up nicely so should a clear and decisive message that these individuals can project.... which is that the liberal party of canada is the party that can best manage the economy, sustain social programs and provide a comprehensive environmental strategy.

p.s. does anyone else think rae took the easy way out by seeking the riding of toronto centre?


At 9:27 a.m. , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rae - easy way out and making sure he's in the news...hmmm....

At 10:22 a.m. , Blogger andrewridgeley said...

Rae was the only gameready candidate for the party's leadership, whether you supported him or not. He's arguably the most naturally gifted politician in the Liberal ranks and is desperately needed in caucus. If the Liberal Party is going to be in extended opposition, Bob Rae needs to be there more than virtually anyone else.

I didn't support the guy during the leadership campaign and never would've, but I'm not dumb enough to overlook the fact that he was the only guy in the race who was ready to go and be an effective opposition leader. Getting Rae in caucus is more important than whining about people earning their stripes and what constitutes the right to run in a given riding.


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