Also in the news: no one really cares what Larry Smith does, except the CBC.
But yes, it's true: newly appointed Senator for Quebec Larry Smith will run as a Conservative in the next election, meaning he'll probably be a Senator for a grand total of *maybe* six months, but probably less. The man clearly isn't taking his job in the chamber of sober second thought very seriously, much like Michael Fortier. Good pick, Stephen!
Smith will run in the riding of Lac-Saint-Louis, in an attempt to oust Liberal MP Francis Scarpaleggia. LSL is the westernmost riding on the Montreal Island, and has voted Liberal since its creation in 1996, and its predecessor riding, Lachine--Lac-Saint-Louis, was actually the riding of Mulroney cabinet minister Bob Layton, Jack Layton's father, from 1984 to 1988. Scarpaleggia has been the riding's MP since 2004, succeeding Clifford Lincoln. He was initially elected with 64% of the vote, but that dropped to 48% in 2006, and 46% in 2008. However, even in 2008 he had an 11,000-vote margin over Conservative Andrea Paine, who lost 46.4% to 23.5%, or 23,842 votes to 12,085 votes.
In other words, Smith has his work cut out for him. That 23% margin works out to a nearly 12% swing needed, nearly twice the swing that Fantino needed in Vaughan to overtake the Liberals. Hm. I dunno how popular Larry Smith is, but I don't see him in the House anytime soon, unless Harper starts appointing members (you never know).
Nevertheless, Scarpaleggia may have a fight on his hands. He's an excellent MP, a great advocate for water policy (something we Canadians need to have a conversation on), and a good representative on the Hill. He voted against same-sex marriage, but hey, he never hid his intentions, and much like other Liberals who voted against SSM, like John McKay or Derek Lee, he still makes up an important part of the Liberal caucus. Let's show him support no matter what person challenges him.