Thursday, April 30, 2009
Wish You Were Here
Well, for a Convention about nothing, with apparently no attendance and no media coverage, I have to tell you that Vancouver is a pretty busy and happening place!
I'll begin by putting to rest the lies about no one attending. 2200 delegates were pre-registered and who knows how more many will be arriving today? The press? Well, I really didn't think that Don Newman was the type, but I have to wonder what he was smoking?, the other day when he said that this thing wouldn't be covered by the media. They are all here, covering all events in both official languages.
The first day has been busy and interesting. If you were watching CPAC you may have seen the Right Honourable John Turner speaking. He's still as passionate about the party and it's future as he's always been. He was adamant about grass roots involvement and building the party back up, riding by riding. He made some comments about youth and the place of the party whip. Specifically, the whips should only be seen when a throne speech or a budget is on the horizon.
He was followed by Ignatieff who was in good form as well. He concurred with most of what Turner said, but had a caveat as it related to appointing. It's not a power he wants to employ often, but reserves the right to do so, because as he said, we are going to run across the country, in every riding because the Liberal party is not just a vote getting machine, but a national institution.
Anyway, I just thought I'd give a brief overview and let you know I'm here. I'll have pictures later and try to give you a bit of 'behind the scenes' detail.
In the meantime, don't believe the convention about nothing nonsense. There is a lot here in terms of substance and an awful lot of very interested Liberals. If you have specific questions, let me know in comments and I'll see if I can get the answers for you.
Wish you were here!