Onto the 4th Ballot

Saturday, December 02, 2006
After the third vote results were announced in the federal Liberal election, I yelled "HOLY SH*T" at the top of my lungs. The cats were caught off guard. After a bit of a delay, it turns out that Bob Rae finished third which means he'll be dropped from the next vote. Woo hoo. That's not the big shocker. The real surprise was that Stephane Dion, who gained the support of Kennedy (who was dropped before the third vote) and almost ALL of his delegates. What does that mean? Michael Ignatieff, who has lead every poll and each of the first two votes (and who most thought would win the leadership race), finished 2nd behind Dion. Say what? The crowd at the convention centre in Montreal went beserk. Dion took the lead by 120 votes. I have my doubts about whether or not Liberals (who are a rare breed in Alberta) in the West will get behind a francaphone leader. The West, and especially Alberta, tends to be somewhat anti-French/anti-Quebec. It'll be a tough race come the next election if the Liberals are led by Dion but I also think it couldn't be any worse for the country than Ignatieff or, god-forbid, Rae. However, I'm still holding onto my dream of an NDP Canada or, dare I say it, a Green Canada. However, the chances of that happening are slim to none. You want the lesser of two evils? Vote Liberal.
Now, we're just waiting to see where Rae and Ignatieff are going...they both seem to be taking walks? Could they ... could they.... no, they couldn't be... but...maybe....could they both be going to acknowledge Dion as the winner?


Gardenia said...

I should study up on the election process in Canada! I'm fascinated with elections now.....don't know any of the people you refer too, but elections are exciting, stressful, and the inevitable - we gotta live with them when done!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I spent the weekend saying "well I certainly didn't see that coming" about the election of Stephane Dion, and then of Ed Stelmach. (at least it wasn't Morton). Could be interesting around the country in the next while.

Heather said...

I wasn't especially impressed with a party leader that does most of his speech in French. But at least Rae didn't win. I had visions of an entire country having to take Rae Days.

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