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Sunday, October 01, 2006

look at all these delegates getting elected. that's what happens when you get on the ballot.

Other than still being slightly ticked off about my name mysteriously disappearing from the ballot in the Edmonton Strathcona DSM (a topic which I have a letter written that I shall send off tomorrow), I've been on and off watching the live results from the Federal Liberal leadership race this afternoon...

It's like crack. I can't stop checking it every 10 minutes...

It looks like Michael Ignatieff is solidified his lead with around 30%, with Bob Rae in second at 19%, and Gerard Kennedy and Stephane Dion fighting for third with around 17%. Ken Dryden, Joe Volpe, and Scott Brison are battling it out for fifth place...

DemocraticSPACE has some great coverage of the results...

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

it's happened more often than you think. including to me. get over it.

Robert said...

No, this is way better than crack.

michael from calgary said...

" it's happened more often than you think. including to me. get over it."

Wow. talk about blind loyalty to a political party.

Dave has every right to be pissed off. He's a member of the organization and the organziation screwed up. He wanted to stand as a delegate - which was his right as a member - and a screw up by the organization denied him that right.

I'd be pissed off too.

Anonymous said...

If as many Liberals have been left off their ballots as i'm hearing, the Federal Liberals are going to face some major credibility issues when their new leader takes over.

There is nothing worse that could happen in a political party than it's members being disenfranchised from fully participating in the internal democratic process. It's a shame that this is happening.

jorden linden said...

I don't understand why the Liberals don't run their leadership Elections like pretty much every other party in Canada does - one member = one vote.

It would save them from embarassing messups like this.

Anonymous said...

Dion is back in third

Psychols said...

Only slightly pissed off?

Allie said...

It's too bad your party left you out like this... if I know any liberal that should have had a chance to be included it would surely be you.

You don't think this was a convenient mistake because of who you are supporting do you? Too bad this party can't be more people focused. I think it calls the entire leadership process into question.

Kevin said...

I'd be pissed too, if I stepped up to let my name stand in a democratic process.

I think the delegate selection process is MORE democratic than one member, one vote. Delegate selections actually get more people engaged with the candidates, issues, and party. I voted in the Alberta Liberal leadership (voted for Taft) and found the process democratically unsatisfying. Delegate selection keeps the debate going among the supporters in ways that a phone-in ballot cannot.

kgp