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Congrats to new #OLP Leader Steven Del Duca

We already knew going into the Ontario Liberal Party Convention that Steven Del Duca had won a majority of delegates going into the Leadership Convention, and only needed superdelegate votes to put him over the top. It was little surprise that he got that support and won decisively on the first ballot. You can find a bit of background on the new Liberal leader here.

My personal congratulations to the new Liberal Leader. I am looking forward to seeing his plans not only to get Ontario back on track after removing Doug Ford from office.. but also what he plans to do to help make the Ontario LIberal Party […]

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Ontario Liberal Party Leadership Delegates Selection Weekend

This is the weekend where OLP members are voting for delegates to help choose the next Ontario Liberal Party leader. This is what the leadership campaigns were doing the membership drives for – to try to get more people as members who would then theoretically turn up this weekend to then vote for the delegates that would most favour their candidacy (I still prefer that the OLP would have gone one member one vote, but I digress). Turnout this day and the GOTV movement will obviously be a big factor in what delegates get elected.

I will be watching with interest – I want to thank all the candidates who […]

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Double history is made with Wynne winning #olpldr

5 years ago, the Democratic Party made history by picking an African-American as their Presidential nominee, and the American people made history by electing him their first African-American president. It is no hyperbole to say that tonight, Ontario Liberals made their own bit of history by a) choosing a woman Premier, and b) choosing an openly gay woman as Premier.

It will only be historic in the same vein as Barack Obama if the people of Ontario elect her back to the Premiership when the next election comes up. That will not be easy; I feel the hard part is not what Wynne’s sexual orientation will be viewed […]

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A brief… LULL #olpldr

We’re in the middle of a lull while we await 2nd round results for the OLP Leadership Convention. The two front runners are neck and neck (Wynne and Pupatello), with Eric Hoskins having declared for Wynne and Takar Harinder having moved to Pupatello (despite not actually dropping off the 2nd ballot in time).

That leaves Sousa, Kennedy, Wynne and Pupatello. I’ve heard several people in the political and media arena now say they dont think it will go beyond 3 ballots.. meaning they think both Sousa and Kennedy will drop off and we may have a result by 7 pm (and again, I’ll be on my way home when […]

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Bets on when the #olpldr Convention will declare a winner?

I’m about to head off to the train station to catch my ride back into the Ontario Liberal Leadership Convention, and my first musing of the day (on my blog anyhow) is pondering when we might have a declared winner.

I was talking informally with some of the candidates campaign teams who I know, and they informally predicted a long day. One said midnight; another just said “late”. At the beginning of this, we were told to prepare for a Convention still being in session on Sunday (which is why I bought a train ticket tomorrow; if there isn’t one, perhaps I’ll still try and visit people I know […]

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More impressions of the #olpldr (Ontario Liberal Leadership) convention

In brief, since I’m typing on a Via Rail train headed home (back tomorrow AM for 2nd round voting):

-Wynne’s team is very media-savvy; five different volunteers spotted my “media/blogger badge” and handed me her media guide (I have 5 of them, + a button).

– Kennedy was next most prominent with his team.. we spotted him a couple of times in the AM checking things out with his team and delegates. Also, a thumbs up to one of his media relations folks Denise Brundson, (who I know from her federal associations and also when she blogged) for inviting me as a blogger to his open house.. but I […]

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In Toronto at the #olpldr (Ontario Liberal Party) Convention

So I’m in Toronto at Maple Leafs Gardens, (or at Mickey Flynn’s eating lunch at the moment using the free wi-fi) with Jim Calder of The Progressive Right. Seen a few friends and acquaintances here, and the Bloggers Table Vantage Point is pretty sweet.

We’ve seen a Kathleen Wynne press conference here in the foyer; where she interestingly made the point she doesnt have to have a by-election; she’s already elected as an MPP, and she will reconvene the Legislature Fe 19, so she obviously thinks that’s a big issue, trying to distinguish herself from Pupatello

Outside, we have some protesters from the Farmers and Horses First group – “Farmers […]

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Last Day to Apply for Ontario Liberal Party Convention Accreditation

A reminder to those who blog (of any political persuasion): today is the last day for you to send in your application to the Ontario Liberal Party to be accredited to cover their Leadership Convention next week. I understand they’ll be letting folks know that they’ve been accepted by Wed the 23rd. (Convention starts on Friday).

A Draft agenda of the OLP Convention is here (and there is no Sunday schedule on it, because they obviously won’t know until later Saturday whether they need to do voting or otherwise on Sunday)

Looking forward to seeing fellow bloggers and party acquaintances there.

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Very pleased to see this Blogger Accreditation thing finally happen for the OLP Convention.

I’m glad to see the money I spent on VIA Rail tickets was not in vain (of course, they have to accept my application as well).

If you’re a blogger – of any political stripe or non-partisan for that matter – send in your application. Your point of contact for this will be Bradley Hammond (email: [email protected]) to ask questions, etc. He will also be the liason for bloggers at the convention.

I spoke with him on the phone today and I’m encouraged but what I heard. I’m a little concerned that there may not be as many bloggers there as I’d like to see.. because space is limited, but […]

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Gerard Kennedy answers 5 Q’s on what he’d do if elected Ont Liberal leader/Premier

This took longer then I thought it would initially, but Mr. Kennedy and his team have sent through their response to my 5 questions about his wanting to be Ontario Liberal leader/Premier. I thank them for sending it in. As with the others (Pupatello, Sousa, Wynne, and Hoskins), all answers are his verbatim, with no commentary on my part.

There only remains one outstanding candidate, Harinder Takar (since Murray dropped out), and I’d not known who to reach to send him these questions. He did start following me on Twitter, and I did send him a Twitter message asking him a couple of days ago if he’d like to participate, […]

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