Sunday, January 13, 2008

Sometimes it isn't fun...

...being a Liberal in Toronto-Danforth. First, our big star provincial candidate, Ben Chin, decides he's better off working in Dalton McGuinty's war room forcing the local riding association to scramble and find Joyce Rowlands to throw under the wheels of the NDP juggernaut. Now, Deborah Coyne, the 2006 candidate for the federal Liberals in Toronto-Danforth, is seemingly being rewarded for her bravery in facing down Layton and now is running in Don Valley West to replace the retiring John Godfrey. Coyne is a great candidate and will make a great MP assuming she can win in Don Valley West (an almost certainty if she can get the nomination). However, I can't help but feel a little bit frustrated with the party. I don't blame Chin and Coyne for pursuing greener pastures. However, I would like to think that someone, somewhere thinks that a Liberal can win in Toronto-Danforth. It might not happen soon federally (beating a sitting NDP leader is no easy task), but I would like to see a little more fight.

4 comments:

burlivespipe said...

It may take someone of Tie Domi's stature to knock off Layton now, but his number will come up sooner than later...

Andy said...

I hear David Orchard's available!

sami said...

I hope it will be an open nomination contest in Don Valley West. There are other very good candidates who have filed their nomination papers and who have connections to the riding and it would be wonderful to see a new Liberal face added to the party.

gabederoche said...

"Now, Deborah Coyne, the 2006 candidate for the federal Liberals in Toronto-Danforth, is seemingly being rewarded for her bravery in facing down Layton and now is running in Don Valley West to replace the retiring John Godfrey. Coyne is a great candidate and will make a great MP assuming she can win in Don Valley West (an almost certainty if she can get the nomination)."

You're right that Deborah is a great candidate and that she'll make a great MP. But there's still a fight for the nomination ahead. While I'm sure the Coyne team is confident that the people of Don Valley West will decide that Deborah is the best choice for their nominee, she's certainly not being "rewarded" for her run in Toronto-Danforth. If she wins the nomination, it'll be because she's the best candidate, and the best advocate for the people of Don Valley West.

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