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—Ian King, December 13, 2004

Friday, August 30, 2002

 
Finally! Something that has nothing to do with Glen Clark!

MPs bid to pick new PM faster

Impatient MPs and some Liberal organizers want a party leadership convention months earlier than envisioned by Prime Minister Jean Chr├ętien.

No great surprise here. It seems that at least the Martinites are now pushing for a convention in October 2003 or so. Originally, many of them indicated that they wanted to go ahead with a leadership review in February, but it seems that they've cooled off.

There is some logic to an October 2003 convention. The new leader would have a year to install himself (or herself) comfortably in the party's leadersship, to put his impression on the party, and introduce a budget. New leaders who have less than a year between their selection and a general elections have not historially fared well, be they in government or opposition at the time of their taking over of the party. Even so, this date would allow the Prime Minister to leave after ten years as Prime Minister, and Paul Martin would still be over 65 years old if he were to win.

Another story on the same subject from the Globe and Mail's Jane Taber.

Liberal Party president Stephen LeDrew said yesterday he is working hard to find an accommodation between Liberals who favour a convention in the fall of 2003 and those who prefer to wait until just before Chr├ętien plans to step down.

Expect to hear more on or just after September 7th after the party executive next meets.
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