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Thursday, June 26, 2008

taft stepping down, toycen stepping in.


With Alberta Liberal Leader Kevin Taft announcing that he will be stepping down by January 2009, a number of high profile contenders are stepping up for the challenge. Among the rumoured contenders are MLAs Laurie Blakeman, Dave Taylor, and MLA Bill Toycen.

Though not as well known as Blakeman or Taylor, Bill Toycen and his supporters have been at the forefront of a revitalization movement in the Alberta Liberals since the March 2008 election.

First elected in 2004, Toycen was narrowly re-elected as the MLA for Calgary-Gophercrotch in the March 3 election. Since his re-election, Toycen's supporters have launched a vigorous online campaign under the promiscuous moniker "Old Liberal." Having the support of many traditional Calgary-based Old Liberal supporters and a growing group of younger Old Liberals, Toycen's platform for change calls for Alberta Liberals to put "our necks on the line" as part of a new third way political movement: "The Old Liberal Giraffe Party."

"With our necks extended high above the trees, we can walk our own path. To be ready to appeal to the largest neck-section of Albertans, we must prepare to extend our necks so that when the spotlight shines on us we have policies rooted in our Old Liberal philosophy, but tailor-made for the long collars of our Alberta."
- Bill Toycen, MLA Calgary-Gophercrotch
Citing the success of Tony Blair's New Labour movement in the United Kingdom during the 1990s and the historical significance of this noble and populist animal in Alberta's 100 year history, Toycen's supporters feel that this move is a positive one that will allow the Old Liberal-Giraffe Party brand to develop a true connection with voters in Alberta.

9 comments:

calgarygrit said...

Ha ha - that's gold! I'm totally supportin' Toycen!

Nastyboy said...

The Alberta Libs need to find a leader that can at least pretend they like it here and won't sell off our interests to their eastern masters.

Justin said...

Heh heh.

Does Toycen have ALP Legend Donn Lovett and Former Tory Barry Davidson on his team? If not, he doesn't stand a chance.

Paul said...

I think what matters most here is that they get it done as soon as possible. The long goodbye will do the party no good. Pick a new leader ASAP and get on with things.

Ken Chapman said...

The Old Liberal Giraffe Party has some appeal. Giraffe's don't have vocal chords so at least we will not have to suffer through boring speeches.

I looked up Toycen in the dictionary. Closest thing I could see that realted was "toy boy" which was defined as a much younger male lover. Seems appropriate.

I am sure Toycen and toy boy have many things in common and the Alberta Liberals could use a younger male lover image.

Anonymous said...

Hey what about a Tories for Toycen movement...
Gotta love the Journal

ktr said...

toycen sounds like an old twit. Still, that makes him more qualified than Laurie Blakeman.

Anonymous said...

I love the people on here that didn't catch the joke. :D

Marnie Tunay said...

Re Toycen's challenge to "extend our necks:" excuse me, doesn't that mean: "stick our necks out"?? And isn't that precisely what Kevin Taft was so goood at doing? Oh well, out with the old and in with - the old...
Marnie Tunay
http://fakirscanada.googlepages.com/