Friday, May 4, 2012

Our Second (Probable) Leadership Candidate: David Bertschi

David Bertschi has set up what essentially amounts to an "exploratory committee" (or at least the front page of the website for one) in order to determine whether or not he should run for the upcoming Liberal leadership race, sometime either this year or early next year.

I actually had the pleasure of meeting Bertschi's wife briefly during the Ottawa convention, while in the line-up for the Subway in the food court. Very pleasant woman. Other than that, I don't know much about David, outside of his LinkedIn profile which notes he's a successful lawyer from Ottawa; and that Bertschi ran in Ottawa-Orléans in 2011, failing to win the seat but didn't drop the Liberal vote very far (though technically earned more votes because of increased turnout).

I'm not sure how many people would go to the expense of setting up an exploratory committee for the third party's leadership race, so I'm going to assume David is serious about this. If he is, then he'll be the second "confirmed" candidate for the leadership race, the first of course being 32-year old Winnipeger Shane Geschiere.

So still, we're not seeing any of the current caucus or former party bigwigs make any serious moves towards running yet, outside of the machinations of Bob Rae. I assume by June, when the race dates are finalized and the party makes it clear whether or not Rae can run for the permanent leadership, this will change (at least I hope so).

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  1. What do they have to make clear regarding Rae exactly?

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    1. Whether or not he can run, and if he can, whether there are any conditions, such as if he has to resign as interim leader so many months before the race in order to dilute any bias.

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  2. From what I understand the only thing holding back Bob Rae from running for the permanent leadership is him saying last year he would not.

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    1. Well, it is - except that's actually a rule instituted by the previous executive as well.

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    2. Well it's to bad the new executive won't forbid him from running because I don't think he should be allowed to run.

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    3. I used to agree with that, however I do think Rae should be allowed to run. Key is, he has to resign as interim leader if he wants to, and for God's sake, this time here must be competition!

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  3. Disagree completely, he wasn't honest about his intentions last year and shouldn't be allowed to run. If all MPs knew they could run for the interim job and then resign a year later to seek the permanent leadership there would have likely been more than two people come forward.

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