Wednesday, October 11, 2006

As Ignatieff Loses Support, Kennedy Gains Support

Michael Ignatieff, as reported earlier has lost the support of an MP:
Federal Liberal leadership hopeful Michael Ignatieff's latest comments on the Israeli air strike in Qana have cost him a key campaign member.

Susan Kadis, a Thornhill MP and his Toronto campaign co-chair, withdrew her support Wednesday after Ignatieff accused Israel in a televised interview on Sunday of committing a "war crime" in the July 30 bombing in Lebanon.

The full article can be read here.

Now it is interesting because on this same day, Gerard Kennedy has another supporter announcing his endorsement:
Greg Elzinga, president of the Vancouver Centre Liberal Electoral District Association, a man who has played key roles in numerous federal and provincial election campaigns in the eclectic urban riding today endorsed Gerard Kennedy's campaign for leader of the Liberal Party of Canada.

As riding President in BC and as an extremely experienced individual, Greg Elzinga brings assets that are invaluable to our campaign. When asked about why he joined Gerard Kennedy, Mr. Elzinga reponded:
"Kennedy recognizes the growing importance of Western Canada. I believe he is, hands down, the best of the candidates and I also believe that his stance on what Canadian society, Canada's environment and economy needs to become best reflects my image of Canada.

This is a study of contrasts between two candidates; one discourages a supporter, while the other attracts more.

11 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I support neither Ignatieff nor Kennedy, but your headline says it all.

Ignatieff's decision to appear on Tout le Monde en parle was stupid.

- It's a show with a separatist bent
- The hosts are friendly and charismatic but engage in gotcha journalism at its worst
- Appearing on the show during an election is one thing, it's perhaps a level playing field and there are votes to be had.
- Appearing during the leadership as front runner makes no sense. It gets him nowhere, wins no delegates and only sets up an opportunity to be pressed on controversial issues.

So we can only conclude that Ignaiteff went on Tout le Monde en Parle for no other reason than to subtly jab at Gerard Kennedy's inability to do the very same thing. His appearance did nothing for the Party, nothing for his own campaign, but attempted to expose an achilles heel of an opponent.

Well it backfired.

Ignatieff's strategists, should he win the leadership, can't be allowed near the pary;s campaign. Their judgmen is simply horrible and amateurish. I hope Kennedy got a kick out of this.

6:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's not a study of anything.

6:38 PM  
Blogger Neo Conservative said...

Iggy just needs a little "hair of the liberal dog."

It fixed Stephane Dion right up.

7:06 PM  
Blogger Steve V said...

Kennedy is the only one that speaks about the west in the primary, as opposed to the usual obligatory afterthought. You hear it in his speeches, time after time, a real sense of the entire country. I'm not surprised by this endorsement, Kennedy is genuine in his beliefs, particularly more impressive because he is open to the "Ontario" angle that tends to turnoff westerners.

7:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow. Just a little self serving.!!!

7:16 PM  
Blogger Alex Plante said...

Funny !

The Ignatieff campaign could have announced one riding president a day in Quebec and it would have lasted at least a month...

Come on...

Alex

7:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Alex,

I wouldn't be too smug.

The Ignatieff campaign may have to start announcing more supporters withdrawing their support for Iggy.

This is a major screw-up for Ignatieff.

9:08 PM  
Blogger Dan McKenzie said...

I wonder what all you blogs starting with the word Liberal will do when Gerard really does make a nice get.

10:29 PM  
Blogger Daniel Mosely said...

Umm Dan, I don't know what you mean? What are you referring to when you say "get"?

2:01 PM  
Blogger Dan McKenzie said...

Bob Rae "getting" Carolyn Bennett, Hedy Fry, Maurizio Bevilacqua, John Godfrey, Lloyd Axworting. Those are "gets".

8:18 AM  
Blogger Daniel Mosely said...

A Riding President is a influential and important. Hedy Frye brings but a few supporters, while a riding president arguable can bring a few or even more. One vote equals one vote.

9:29 AM  

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