Monday, September 25, 2006

Canadian Politics - Gerard Kennedy or: the Liberal golden boy plays it cool

Okay, Steve you got me. No I will try and see, how many hits I will get from various blog-search sites from people who are apparently constantly scanning the blogosphere to make sure nobody's saying anything negative about Gerard Kennedy.
I didn't even know this guy before, but now I have found out some facts.

He is a candidate for the leadership of the Liberal Party of Canada. Formerly, he was a provincial politician who represented the riding of Parkdale-Highparks in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario from 1996 to 2006 as a Member of Provincial Parliament for the Ontario Liberal Party and formerly was Ontario's Minister of Education (2003-2006).
I have found an interesting article about him in the "Eye Weekly" of April 30, 1998 titled:

As Queen's Park gets back to business, the Liberal golden boy plays it cool.

A cite: "In spite of his boring party chores, Kennedy, now 37, apparently still has time to enjoy the "peace dividend" that came after he lost the leadership race. Out of the media glare, Kennedy says he's been renovating his house and considering starting a family with his wife -- the kind of ordinary, banal stuff you can do when you're not spending every moment plotting to become premier. Regarding the latter, Kennedy insists he has no regrets it won't be him taking over Mike Harris' old job if the Liberals' current lead in the polls holds for the next election."

Now he is going for Canada. What will he do, if he loses again?
Rent a flat above a shop? Cut his hair and get a job? Smoke some fags and play some pool? Pretend he never went to school?
I think his house has not yet to be renovated again and the time is up for more kids probably.
He could carry on to write this blog.
He could be vice or domestic to Stéphane Dion, Ken Dryden, Michael Ignatieff or and Bob Rae, if one of these other candidates will win.

As the Blast Furnace Canada Blog (I have to change this name to color red) puts it:

He is a long time social activist, having once run Toronto's Daily Bread Food Bank (remark: another job possibility)
He's bilingual (remark: who would list this in Germany?), and having spent time in Québec he has a handle on the rather finicky electorate there (as well as its even wackier politics) that the other candidates are lacking.
More than the other candidates, he's also in it for the short and long term and can easily adapt the party to either a one or two election strategy -- depending on whether Harper can stop stumbling.

So, who could stop Gerard Kennedy?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

In other Liberal Leadership news, the deafening hail of popping champagne corks was heard in the PMO this morning.

9:17 PM  
Blogger Steve said...

Hopefully, Stéphane Dion can stop Gerard Kennedy. More likely, Bob Rae or Michael Ignatieff can.

11:32 PM  
Blogger Steve said...

I just took the liberty of checking out your tracking statistics, and three of your last twenty referrals as of right now came from Google Blogsearches for Gerard Kennedy, and one came from a blogger search for him. I rest my case.

5:21 PM  

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