December 14, 2006

Outremont Rumors Heating Up

Now that Jean Lapierre is no longer running, the race for Outremont is the new talk in town. Everybody is speculating who will vie for the Liberal stronghold. Either way, expect a nomination race because this one will be a tight one.

The Contenders (where their support comes from):

Martin Cauchon (Rae): former MP and Justice Minister, he is the odds on favourite should he seek the nomination. Martin is loved throughout the riding. A big Rae backer, Bob did not win the Outremont riding, which went to Michael Ignatieff. Does Cauchon have the support he needs. I would say yes…IF HE RUNS!

Linda Julien (Dion): Assigned with finding winnable ridings for women, the first one she could find one for is, naturally, herself. (4th time is the charm!) With the party machine controlled by Dion, she may have the upper hand.

Justin Trudeau (Kennedy): God help us all but this seems more and more possible. Not sure if Justin wants in a large fight but he will have all the Trudeau-nostalgia behind him. And I am assuming a team of Kennedy-organizers flown in. I would suggest Justin not use Gerard’s present Quebec team, which consists of Bernard Patry and well…yeah.

Brigitte Legault (Youth/Ignatieff): Brigitte is an up and coming star in the party and just won as VP Francophone of the Liberal Party. Brigitte is well respected many in Quebec and was the Election Co-Chair in Quebec with former Outremont stalwart Marc Lalonde. Brig stayed neutral throughout the whole race but in the end, used the common sense of most Quebecers and voted Michael Ignatieff. She is close to Lapierre, has good relations with the student groups who have a say in a university riding like Outremont, can organize as well as anybody else, has top cultural community organizers (which is KEY in Outremont), not to mention the entire youth wing 100% behind her. At 26, she would be considered a dark horse, but Brigitte is always first in our hearts.

Oh yeah and to all those who know her…send Lucie Santoro an email saying we are all gonna kick her ass unless she runs in Lasalle. There is nobody more deserving. No Lucie…I won’t drop it!

26 Commentaires:

Blogger Sinestra a dit...

Antonio, you really relish in outing people. Do you not think it is Brigitte's own decision to state who she supported and not yours? Especially after she stated she was neutral - it's really not your place. Furthermore, your comments about Kennedy's Quebec team are unwarranted. They may not be rich enough to send Christmas cards to all Liberals, biut GK's on the ground organiser was HIGHLY professional. Don't believe me, ask Pat.

12/14/2006 7:09 PM  
Blogger Antonio a dit...

Im just saying the network isnt very vast.

Brig was wearing a pin jennifer. She was outed at convention.

btw, you should support Brigitte in her bid for the riding.

More women candidates!

12/14/2006 7:14 PM  
Blogger Dan McKenzie a dit...

"Brig stayed neutral throughout the whole race but in the end, used the common sense of most Quebecers and voted Michael Ignatieff."

I hope you were being sarcastic. Tous ensemble?

12/14/2006 7:19 PM  
Blogger Antonio a dit...

it is me being snarky as usual Dan.

I do believe she made the right choice tho.

12/14/2006 7:30 PM  
Blogger Justin Tetreault a dit...

It was on the screen behind Michael Ignatieff's box at the convention that Brigette was supporting Michael. Antonio didn't out anyone.

12/14/2006 7:34 PM  
Blogger Ottawa Liberal a dit...

"Brig stayed neutral throughout the whole race but in the end, used the common sense of most Quebecers and voted Michael Ignatieff."

As usual, not only are you wrong, but, in the process, you're quite Ignatieff-like in your arrogance. Afterall, you're implying those of us who supported Dion lack "common sense." Whatever dude.

What really annoys me is how often Quebecois elites,media,and Liberal appeasers misjudge political reality in Quebec. I have learned to believe the opposite of whatever they preach:

They said Dion would be toxic in Quebec yet the polls so far seem to suggest the Liberals are on the rebound and that Quebecers have a more nuanced and diverse opoinion of Mr. Dion.

They said recognizing Quebec as a nation would do wonders for federalism in Quebec. Yet, since the motion recognizing Quebec as nation passed, Harper's poll numbers have actually declined and the separatists and appeasers have already moved on to making new demands.

They said Paul Martin would perform better than Chretien in Quebec. They were wrong.

They said the Clarity Act would fan the flames of separatism. They were wrong.

The list goes on and on. To sum things up, the common sense of those like Antonio is almost always the opposite of reality. I'm willing to bet Antonio any amount of money that the Liberals under Dion will win over 20 seats in Que in the next election because, afterall, the likes of Chantal Hebert and Antonio say that they will NOT.

12/14/2006 7:44 PM  
Blogger dollard_liberal a dit...

Why does Justin Trudeau need a safe seat on the island of Montreal when he can just as easily go for a contested one.

Here's my thought: St-Jean. (I think PET is buried in this riding [St-Remi].)

12/14/2006 7:57 PM  
Blogger Antonio a dit...

send me an email dude

ill take that bet!

12/14/2006 8:14 PM  
Blogger Antonio a dit...

and apparently there is no room for sarcasm.

It is no secret that the majority of Quebec voters went with Ignatieff on final ballot

but that is the past

tous ensemble tous ensemble tous ensemble

12/14/2006 8:18 PM  
Blogger s.b. a dit...

"common sense" by definition, is what most Liberals exercised, which was vote for Dion. Ergo, Brigitte did not in fact execise common sense, nor is there any evidence that most Quebeckers voted for Ignatieff. Again Dion won, Team Igs is still having trouble with that. Seems igs is too, challenging Dion in caucus, not clapping for him and not inviting him to functions. Oh well, I think Igs would make a greaat back bench warmer anyways. MAybe then he'll figure it out.

12/14/2006 8:26 PM  
Blogger big gay al's big gay liberal sanctuary a dit...

Antonio

You forget one other possibility for candidate of Outremont... parachuting everyone's favorite elf-hobbit hybrid JASON CHERNIAK!

Imagine the nerdling warrior-princess Cherniak running in Outremont! He's perfect for the job in so many ways! I say we get him to run here in Montreal, he'd make the perfect addition to Quebec's super-team of politcanos!

12/14/2006 9:09 PM  
Blogger Alex Plante a dit...

Shoshana,

On final ballot, around 70% of Quebec delegates sided with Michael. Rae's organizers came to Ignatieff : Mélanie Otis, Luc Normandin, François Rochette et al. They brought their delegates along with them. Practically all the youth came to Ignatieff. I wish to thank Philippe and Hugo for their goodwill and their effort. Bernard Patry, Kennedy's chair in Quebec was with Michael. Most Brison delegates came with Michael also. It's a fair statement to say that most Quebec delegates sided with Michael.

However, that wasn't enough to make Michael the leader of our party. Mr. Dion is the new leader and we accept it. It is possible that some people aren't fans of Stephane Dion, nobody but him can change that. We'll have to work hard together if we want to win. It is going to be very hard especially in Quebec but most of us will be there. Michael has came up with the best slogan of the campaign: "tous ensemble".

Let's stop fighting and get Brigitte nominated in Outremont !

Alex

12/14/2006 9:53 PM  
Blogger dollard_liberal a dit...

When is the nomination?

12/14/2006 10:33 PM  
Blogger Alex Plante a dit...

The sooner, the better !

12/14/2006 10:39 PM  
Blogger anybody but iggy a dit...

Don't forget that the party leader is allowed to appoint people - ergo, lots of gossipy speculation and quasi-endorsement of Brigitte may all be for naught.

12/14/2006 11:20 PM  
Blogger s.b. a dit...

ALex youare hillarious, you guys still wont admit you lost. Sorry most of no one came to Ignatieff not youth notquebec not anyone. HE LOST!!! Get it LOST. If youguys dont get that through your heads soon IGs will be warming the back benches. YOur bravado and misinformationis part of why you lost. I love the we have 37% on the first ballot claims. Yeah tell us another one Alex.

HE LOST.

12/15/2006 10:05 AM  
Blogger andrewridgeley a dit...

"Brigitte is well respected many in Quebec"

"Brig stayed neutral throughout the whole race but in the end"

Mme Legault's Stronach antics didn't exactly do well to garner her any respect and there'll still always be those who view her as an opportunist because of it.

I like the girl, but I think she needs a few more years in development.

12/15/2006 12:11 PM  
Blogger WestmountLiberal a dit...

Whilst we *heart* Brig, let's not forget that she has just been recently elected to a very important executive role as VP, French. I'm sensing this will keep her more than busy!

If he chooses to run, it would be more interesting to put JT up against a Bloc or Conservative candidate. It would help to dismay the "privileged" commentary.

I was under the impression that a female Outrement candidate is being sought. I guess time will tell.

12/15/2006 12:12 PM  
Blogger canuckistanian a dit...

thanks for reminding me why iggy lost.

12/15/2006 3:28 PM  
Blogger In_The_Centre a dit...

Wow...the same anti-Iggy people are still out in force. Hilarious

In regards to the riding, it should go to Cauchon

As Jeffrey Simpson said when giving advice to Dion (and correctly for once I believe...):

(3) Phone Martin Cauchon, former minister of justice and a Rae supporter who went to Ignatieff on the final ballot. You need a Quebecker with political intelligence and unwavering federalist convictions. Get him to help you unify the party in Quebec and give you ongoing advice

12/15/2006 4:45 PM  
Blogger Scott Tribe a dit...

Nice to see everyone's 1 big happy family again
:)

12/15/2006 11:53 PM  
Blogger anybody but iggy a dit...

Yeah, Cochon would be great, if only the former Justice minister had never been named in the Gomery scandal.

12/15/2006 11:58 PM  
Blogger Quebec Liberal a dit...

Desiree McGraw would be perfect for Outremont.

12 years older then the too young Brigitte Legault. Highly respected policy thinker who has well thought out views on International Relations and the Environment.

Perfectly bilingual.

Seasoned, experienced.

Brigitte needs more time. Maybe the election of 2010.

Outremont deserves an MP that can go into Cabinet.

12/16/2006 8:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous a dit...

You really think that it is useful to divide the candidates by which leadership candidate they supported?

12/16/2006 11:42 PM  
Blogger Antonio a dit...

Rob read the post, I was dividing it by where their support will mainly come from.

"Youth" didnt run for leader.

12/19/2006 11:32 AM  
Blogger Fiddlers' Green a dit...

Desiree McGraw would be perfect..but not for Outremont. It'll go to Cauchon unless Trudeau jumps in, then..who knows. Cauchon got knifed, and took it with grace and walked away without hurting the party; the only question is would he really want to give up his lucrative law career again. I'd love to see Brigitte in, too; my guess is she'll run, just not there. as for Des...well, Westmount is made to measure, if it opens up. With the environmental report she wrote, she's the one to watch.

12/20/2006 11:31 AM  

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