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Agh! You’re still here? My new site and weblog, is now up and running; new posts are building up over there, never to be mirrored here. Go! What are you waiting for? All the stuff worth keeping has been migrated over to the new server, and I don’t anticipate making any more posts here.

Bloggers and webmasters: Update your links! Simply replace with in your blogrolls or bookmarks to point to the new site. Old posts will remain on this server for as long as the people at Blogger/Google allow them to remain; unfortunately, I’m not going to bother to come up with any way of converting permalinks on this blog to their corresponding posts on the new site. Yes, I plead laziness. I also realize the irony of switching away from Blogger just it starts to add features that the demanding blog nerds insist upon.

Thanks for reading and linking, and see you over at!

—Ian King, December 13, 2004

Wednesday, August 07, 2002

Binns In?

Premier Pat Binns of Prince Edward Island is not ruling out a run for the federal Tories in the wake of Joe Clark's announcement Tuesday that he's stepping down.

This could make for another Maritime contender for the PC party's top job. Other possible contenders mentioned include Nova Scotia MP's Peter MacKay and Scott Brison, as well as New Brunswick's John Herron. New Brunswick Premier Bernard Lord, who is just 36 years old, is widely seen as one of the party's brightest lights, and he has achieved electoral success in knocking off a Liberal juggernaut in his home province. Lord, however, has said that he intends to contest at least one more provincial election. A problem for the Tories is that the party is seen in much of Canada as an Atlantic rump, and little more. Ten of the party's thirteen MP's are from the Maritimes.

Possible leadership contenders from outside the Maritimes include longtime strategist Hugh Segal, who is currently president of the Institute for Research on Public Policy. Segal also holds the distinction of having trounced Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer in high school debating competitions (thank you, Norman Spector.)

Toronto lawyer John Tory has also been frequently been mentioned. His Bay Street connections are manifold, and he was, in the past, part of legendary Ontario Premier Bill Davis's office. He's also got the name for the job.
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