Sunday, July 30, 2006

Entertaining read on the Liberal leadership race

"Did someone say Liberals?" Picks through the candidates with the help of some pundits. One thing in the column that surprised me, the apparent impact that has been made by Martha Hall Findlay thus far:
It may well be, as veteran Liberal Dennis Mills believes, too early, and that a candidate may yet ignite. Mills lost his seat in Toronto-Danforth in January to NDP leader Jack Layton and works as vice-chair of a couple of Magna subsidiaries for auto magnate Frank Stronach, father of the oft-touted leadership candidate, Belinda.

He believes that Toronto lawyer Findlay, who narrowly lost to Stronach in Newmarket-Aurora in 2004 (before Stronach crossed the floor) has the most growth potential and could inspire a little magic. "Trudeau only really happened in the week (before the convention) in 1968," he said.

MacIvor argues that Trudeaumania took root earlier, over the summer of 1967, adding, "Trudeau was a watchful, shy man, and it took him a while to develop his public persona." Interestingly, she, too, picks Hall Findlay as being the most likely to ignite Marthamania. She lauds her earthy ability to talk to people about what matters. "It's that kind of Oprah thing."
The possibility of "Marthamania." Reason alone for this thing to get interesting.

Me? I'm leaning toward Stephane Dion at this point. Much for the same reasons cited here. His responsibility for the Clarity Act and the courage this took from a Quebec leader to usher it in, his powerful intellect, the "twinkle" that is glimpsed from time to time in his authenticity. His impassioned support of environmental issues. The Quebec base he could bring, just as Trudeau did many years ago. And I think he could pummel Harper one on one.