Saturday, April 29, 2006

KEN IS IN!!!

Well - the moment we have all been waiting for. Ken Dryden is in the race.

Check out his website here.

He did very well on Canada AM, Mike Duffy and Politics with Newman. Many said he did better than expected - and I have to reason - I think more is yet to come.

Ken is it ladies and gentlemen - if the Liberals want to win - he's the man for the job.

Thursday, April 27, 2006

Kennedy jumps in; Dryden goes tomorrow

Well tomorrow it will finally happen. What this blog has been waiting for a long time. Ken Dryden will officially announce that he is in the race.

Today's Globe and Mail had a pretty good column by Lawrence Martin about Ken and his campaign. I have to admit, I am pretty pumped. Of all the candidates in this race - Ken has the most potential. He just has to take advantage of this.

Looking at the other candidates in the race thus fas - only Michael Ignatieff can possible match Ken's intellect and ability. Kennedy is a bore, Brison is not ready for show time and Rae (well enough said).

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Bill C-206: An Opportunity to Actual Improve Child Care in Canada

Some how I got a hold of a copy of Bill C-206, An Act to amend the Employment Insurance Act (extension of benefit period for parental leave) today and realized that Paul Szabo, MP has created an excellent opportunity to get the Conservatives at their own game over childcare.

It's a two paragraph bill that will extend the parental leave period from one year to two years. In the era of child care debate - this bill is perfect.

The Conservatives argue that parents taking care of their children is best. I agree. The problem is that if a mother or father wants to stay home past the one year allowance, they will loose their job.

Research says that children develop best when reared by their parents up until at least the age of two. This bill makes it possible for a mother to stay home for a year (or two) or for the two parents to split up the duties without having to re-enter the job market in the future.

Passing such a bill (which will use the EI fund to pay for it - big surplus currently) will not only encourage Canadians to have children, but it will benefit children, and simultaneously open-up childcare spaces for parents who do not want to take two years off work with their children.

Therefore, the government can bring in their $1,200 baby bonus later - say from ages 2 until 6 and improve the number of available day care spaces out - because a large portion of the child population under 2 years of age will still be at home with one of their parents.

I think this is an interesting idea that can definitely obtain all party support if messaged correctly. More research is obviously needed to determine the real impact - but this Bill should be passed and the committee should follow through and examine its usefulness.

PS - the bill could be substantially improved to include part-time and contract employees in the parental leave legislation.

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Disheartening....

Sorry for long vacation in posting - I've been waiting for things to gear up in the race.

Today - Bevilacqua announces, followed by Volpe and Brison over the next few days. All three will add to the race, but none are ready or able to lead the Liberals forward.

Apparently, Dryden is going to announce next week. This blog has been quite upset about the lack of attention paid to the Dryden campaign. Either his campaign is weak and unable to function in the era of the 24 hour news cycle and blogs, or the media isn't taking him seriously.

Either way, there has to be a better effort on the part of the Dryden team to increase the buzz about him.

Yes we know he needs speaking training. He's got to get his comments down to a few seconds instead of a few hours - but he's got so much potential. He could be the candidate that people rally around during the convention if it is done right.

My excitement for his candicacy has wavered as time has passed - others have been more impressive and aggressive - ie. Ignatieff and Kennedy. This shows passion and a desire to win.

Ken - we need you to step up and shake things up. Don't wait too long.