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Tuesday Afternoon Random Musings

Jeff helps to point out that former Liberal cabinet minister John Manley shows again that as long as Harper supports his views, Manley is willing to give the PM a pass. Harper took 15 months to do what Manley called on him and his government to do in his Afghanistan Panel report – which was be honest and straightforward when talking about Afghanistan. When Harper did finally do that, he did it on an American television station – not in Parliament or any Canadian media – and that has Manley blubbering all over him about how great a guy Harper is despite Harper taking so long to do what he suggested and then doing it outside of the country. If Harper were to appoint Manley to some foreign posting in the next little while, I’d not be the least bit shocked, because Manley has carried Harper’s water very well over this issue. If Manley wonders why he gets no grassroots support for his always rumoured Liberal leadership aspirations, this is an example of why. He has more chance of winning the Conservative Party leadership in my view, after Harper leaves, then he does the Liberal Party.

– Speaking of Harper’s admission on Afghanistan and the conflict there not being winnable, that has some right-wing bloggers as detailed here at Dawg’s acting like this:

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– I see Canada is having it’s version of CPAC up here, hosted by the Preston Manning Centre. Devin has the list of groups coming to speak there, and that’s quite a representation of rightwing groupies. I wonder if Stephen Taylor will be speaking at it. I also wonder if they’ll let any progressive bloggers in to cover the craziness (or if any are brave enough to have the stomach to listen to it, even if they are let in. It might make for entertaining reading/blogging though).

– This is a different angle from the “What Good Are Blogs For” post I did, but David Eaves has a good post on another role he sees bloggers can play.

– Finally, like Jim, I got this in the mail yesterday, and I like this new innovation by the Liberal Party: permanent membership cards, that fit into your wallet like a bank card or a credit card:


My membership number is blacked out so no one can be malicious about it. 😉 Anyhow, I think it’s a good idea. You keep the card and the # from year to year, (though you still have to renew your yearly membership), instead of getting those replacement paper cards we used to get. So, the Liberals are saving a few trees from being cut down in the process.


3 comments to Tuesday Afternoon Random Musings

  • Roll Tide

    Good to see a Canadian version of CPAC. CPAC had a record attendance of over 8000. CPAC is non-partisan. CPAC does not pay any of its speakers. It brings in Traditional Conservatives, Moderate Conservatives, and Libertarians. Over half the attendees are in the 18 to 24 age bracket. They a do that by making student fees a nominal 50 bucks, and offer a job fair for student interns. Its a win win for networking.
    The Left should be doing the same thing here. Perhaps Scott can help organize it. You can call it a “Canadian Progressive Political Action Conference” or CP-PAC. Its a way to get the youth trained and fired up.
    Manning knows a good idea when he sees it, kudos to him.
    Progressive bloggers should attend, take notes, and organize one themselves.

  • Roll Tide

    “Liberals are saving a few trees from being cut down in the process.”

    Not sure how a plastic card is more environmentally responsible. You have any idea of the production process, its inability to break down, don’t get me wrong, my wallet is full of plastic. I just fail to see how its superior to paper.

    Manley blubbering all over him about how great a guy Harper

    On the Afghanistan file one would hope for some bi-partisanship. Manley sees this, I hope other Liberals would too. The NDP, I would never expect any support.

  • Drew Adamick

    I got my card in the mail today too. I agree, it is a good step in the right direction. Nice and red!

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