Warren Kinsella, a Liberal pundit, was less optimistic about the outcome of the convention, however. “I think a lot of people hope it’ll help renew the party, but I’m skeptical as to whether that’ll happen. I’ve been hearing about renewal in the LPC since I was in diapers, but I wish them luck,” he told The Hill Times in an email last week.Oh for the love of God... can't once in this goddamn party we don't have these stalking ghosts of Liberal past coming back to maliciously dump a truckload into the machinery? Just once?!?
.... "Crawley is the unilingual Turner-Martin guy, and Copps is the multilingual Trudeau-Chrétien person. That’s why it’s attracting a lot of attention, at least among Liberals,” said Mr. Kinsella, a former adviser to Mr. Chrétien and a former Cabinet ministerial staffer. “If Crawley wins, it’ll signal a return of many of the folks who consigned us to opposition status in the first place. But don’t take that to mean I support Copps holus-bolus: her statements about Rae and the leadership have done her a lot of damage, and she was wrong to say what she said. If she loses, it’ll be because of that"
I'm aware, sort of, of the ties of each of the various candidates to before-my-era party leaders, but I didn't make my decision based on that, I did it based on merit. I was attracted to the race because it was a race of IDEAS and ABILITIES and EXPERIENCE, not who threw who's mud during the effing 1980's and 1990's.