Saturday, August 9, 2008

A "Shift" but maybe not green...

I see Bourque News has picked up on the two recent "step downs" and have head lined it as "Ottawa, We Have A Problem" and I think they are putting this on the Dion. A long time ago my grand mother said to me things come in 3's and if another one steps down in the next week then "Dion, We Have A Problem" will be the headlines the media will be jumping all over....
Regina Liberal Party candidate Garry Oledzki steps down
Leader-Post: Thursday, August 07, 2008
REGINA -- A Regina lawyer slated to run for the Liberal Party in the next federal election has stepped out of the race.
Garry Oledzki has resigned as the Liberal candidate in Palliser, a riding that includes southwest Regina and Moose Jaw, according to a brief statement issued by the party Thursday.
"Mr. Oledzki is stepping down for personal and professional reasons. He believes that this course of action is in the best interest of the Party, and my fellow Liberals and I accept his decision," said Doug Ferguson, president of the Liberal Party of Canada.
Oledzki, whose name has been visible on Liberal signs in the riding, could not immediately be reached for comment.
Palliser is currently held by Conservative MP Dave Batters, whose office announced last month that he is on medical leave for an undisclosed health issue.
Morrissey backed out due to Green Shift, Tories charge
The Guardian
Robert Morrissey is clearly feeling the heat on the carbon tax and doesn’t want to campaign on raising the price of gas, home-heating fuel and groceries, says the federal Conservative Party’s director of communications.Ryan Sparrow was reacting Wednesday to the surprise announcement by the star Liberal candidate that he was withdrawing his name as the nominated candidate in Egmont.Morrissey won that nomination in front of a crowd of more than 1,300 last November in Woodstock. He defeated former P.E.I. premier Keith Milligan and Angie Cormier, a Cap-Egmont businesswoman, to win the nod. “The Liberals can deliver their talking points all they want but everyone knows the deal. You don’t win a hotly contested nomination meeting for a long-held Liberal riding and then just quit,’’ Sparrow said from Ottawa. “Morrissey is clearly feeling the heat on the carbon tax and doesn’t want to campaign on raising the price of gas, home heating fuel and groceries.’’But Morrissey said his decision had more to do with the uncertainty over the timing of the next election than Liberal Leader Stephane Dion’s green shift plan. The minority Conservative government could fall at any time, but many political pundits now suggest it may survive its full mandate — and continue to govern until October 2009. In a statement sent to P.E.I. media outlets late Tuesday, Morrissey said “. . . a number of new opportunities have arisen in the private sector which make my continued candidacy untenable, especially given the continued uncertainty over an election date.’’ Morrissey was out of province and could be reached for comment.Last weekend, the former provincial cabinet minister represented the local Liberal MP at the Prince County Exhibition in Alberton, acting every bit the candidate looking for a seat. Morrissey’s friends, and strong Liberal supporters in Egmont, told The Guardian they had no idea Morrissey was going to call it quits. Egmont MP Joe McGuire, who currently holds the seat, said he knew Morrissey was struggling with his decision to continue in his public role or return to the private sector. But Morrissey only told McGuire about his decision to leave Tuesday morning, hours before the statement was issued to the media.“Bobby was an excellent candidate, there’s no question about that. I’m sorry we lost him. He’d have been a heck of an MP,’’ McGuire said.Egmont is considered one of the safest Liberal seats in the country. The Liberals have won 21 out of the past 30 elections in the riding. McGuire scoffs at suggestions Morrissey is running scared from Dion’s green shift.“He certainly wasn’t scared he was going to lose the riding.’’But Rob Moore, the Conservative MP for Fundy Royal, N.B., said Liberal MPs across Atlantic Canada, particularly in rural ridings like Egmont, are having a difficult time selling Dion’s carbon tax. “The prospect of trying to sell a very unpopular carbon tax is probably weighing on many of the candidates,’’ said Moore.The Liberal party is expected to hold another nominating convention in the fall. Brenda Hackett, president of the P.E.I. Liberal Party, described Morrissey’s decision as unfortunate but said her party will elect a new candidate that will represent the party well in the next election. Gail Shea is the Conservative candidate in Egmont.

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