Sunday, January 20, 2013

International Elections

A reminder that I maintain a discussion thread on a political forum here:

Where I follow international elections. Today there are elections in a German state. Later this week, in Israel. Next month, in Italy. Follow the thread for the latest RxR projections.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

My stand on the Liberal Leadership

Federally anyway.

This would be my vote and why:

1 - Trudeau
Why? - He might just be able to do the best at election time.
Why not? - I fear he will turn the Liberals into an NDP-Lite party like it was under his Father's administration. That is not a party I can support.

2 - Garneau
Why? - I think he will take the Liberals to the centre, where they belong.
Why not? - I fear that he does not have the political "stuff" to do the job.

3 - Findlay
Why? - She simply has the best policies out there.
Why not? - While she'd make a great cabinet minister, I don't know about leader. She's never really struck me as the leader type.

4 - Murray
Why? - As a former BC Liberal my fears about her being too progressive are allayed, while she has shown herself to be pro-green.
Why not? - Who is this person? She does not have the "presence" to be leader - then again the same applies to just about everyone else lower on this list.

5 - Coyne
Why? - Her policies seems to focus on structural reform more than being "Progressive".
Why not? - She's only run once and lost, this is not exactly the kind of record that makes for the best leader.

6 - Takach
Why? - Seems very interesting and fresh.
Why not? - That does not mean "good" either, he could be a terrible choice, as little is known about him.

7 - Cauchon
Why? - Better than taking a risk on the two below him on the list.
Why not? - Something about the man strikes me as terribly unethical.

8 - Bertschi
Why? - Seems to be, at first glance, not incompetent.
Why not? - None of his proposed policies say anything. All very vague and pointless.

9 - McCrimmon
Why? - I can't think of a single reason to back her actually.
Why not? - Policies seem 'scatterbrained', makes me question her competence. As well, wants to take the Liberal Party in directions I can not and will not support.

If I had to assign them points, from 100 at the top and 0 at the bottom, where would I rank them?

100 - Trudeau
95 - Garneau
85 - Findlay
45 - Murray
35 - Coyne
30 - Takach
10 - Cauchon
5 - Bertschi
0 - McCrimmon

So my top 2 choices are very close indeed.