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Tuesday, November 28, 2006

The skinny on Van Loan, from an admittedly biased source

Anyone interested in some background on new intergovernmental affairs/sport minister Peter Van Loan can read my reminiscences here. Some highlights:

In a political universe increasingly dominated by so-called "stars" who frequently explode or turn into black holes, Peter is one of those brilliant, talented, quiet workhorses whose effort always exceeds their expectation of reward.

When people think of the Common Sense Revolutionaries of 1995, they usually conjure up names such as Tom Long, Leslie Noble and Guy Giorno, and rightly so. But the organizational and grunt work of people such as Peter were instrumental in getting those ballots into the boxes. Despite having supported Mike Harris's leadership opponent, Peter's knowledge, candour and skill in building the party made him a trusted figure.

When Peter MacKay and Stephen Harper made their historic agreement in October of 2003, Peter led the Yes! campaign to ensure the deal would be ratified overwhelmingly by the [PC] party. Never one to presume an easy victory, it was his idea to publish a full-page ad in the Globe and Mail listing several hundred recognizable names who supported the pact. This ensured that there was little reneging when the inevitable harping and second-guessing took place leading up to the December vote. When the results of the ratification vote were announced in Ottawa, Peter's hand was among the first to be shaken by Peter MacKay.

Posted by Joan Tintor.

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Proof there is no shortage of talent in the Conservative Party.
Peter exemplifies the profile of a quiet workhorse and unsung hero in the Conservative cause.

Posted by: Liz J | 2006-11-28 1:53:19 PM


Wonderfully entertaining analogy Mr Karolak
Thanks for the mid-afternoon lift.And by the way too true!

Simon

Posted by: Simon | 2006-11-28 4:05:27 PM


Great to see Joan posting again at the Shotgun.

Posted by: EBD | 2006-11-29 2:32:15 AM


There is a lot more to the Chong story thyan meets the eye, for one thing that fool Chong was about to announce millions of dollars in support of the Commonwealth Games Committee Halifax HRM Nova Scotia which does not have as of today an acceptable Business Plan, or any Business Plan for that matter
-a lot of Nova Scotians and concerned Maritimers would have had an absolute political fit if the Federal monies, promised and commmitted by NS patronage guru Peter MacKay, were in fact provided to the increasingly nebulous "Commonwealth Games Committee" whose budget meetings despite the fact they are entirely funded by public funds are "secret". In fact, Peter MacKay and his Dog should be the next prominent Ministers to go on to a better life. MacLeod

Posted by: Jack MacLeod | 2006-11-29 8:47:47 AM


There is a lot more to the Chong story than meets the eye, for one thing that fool Chong was about to announce millions of dollars in support of the Commonwealth Games Committee Halifax HRM Nova Scotia which does not have as of today an acceptable Business Plan, or any Business Plan for that matter
-a lot of Nova Scotians and concerned Maritimers would have had an absolute political fit if the Federal monies, promised and commmitted by NS patronage guru Peter MacKay, were in fact provided to the increasingly nebulous "Commonwealth Games Committee" whose budget meetings despite the fact they are entirely funded by public funds are "secret". In fact, Peter MacKay and his Dog should be the next prominent Ministers to go on to a better life. MacLeod

Posted by: Jack MacLeod | 2006-11-29 8:49:44 AM


Karol, Quebec being "reasonable" does not factor into the equation, meanwhile, Veteran Ontario Liberals who form the majority of Delegates will be furious at the Red Star supporting Robert Rae whom they all campaigned against. If Rae actually wins, that is not bad news for Uncle Stephen because the Liberal Party will split. I also
think that if Ignatieff is rejected he will walk away. He was brought back to Toronto specificcally to Lead, and defeat the Federal Conservatives.MacLeod

Posted by: Jack MacLeod | 2006-11-29 1:46:22 PM


Harper does not need any tips from the Liberals on the Quebec issue. They threw money as a solution, just tossed it into the abyss and we all know one example of that action, Adscam. There a several others, we've gotten tired mentioning them.

The critics on this 'nation' move are worried about opening the threat of separation, well folks it never closed.
As long as Quebecers keep electing Separatists to get more clout from their threats to separate the game will go on. We just keep saying NON, MERCI.
What other Country would tolerate a movement to break it up sitting in it's government under any circumstances?
Only in Canada, eh?

Posted by: Liz J | 2006-11-29 2:37:50 PM


Money can't buy their love.

Canada is despised by the Quebecois whether huge wads of money are sent their way or not.

In that case, just cut off all equalization payments. That way they can still hate us, but at least we'll get to keep the money we earned through our hard work.

And, it would be a good object lesson for the seperatists, anyway. It would at least demonstrate what life would be like without last year's $5.5 billion in transfer payments.

Go ahead. Show us just how independent you are, weasel-nation of Quebecois.

Posted by: Set you free | 2006-11-29 2:57:21 PM


The problem realistically is however is that Harper has not been shrinking government which he must consider a priority. The Federal bureaucracy is a patronage fifedom. No surprise to read that External Affairs is anti american, which is a fact, and they are anti Israeli as well have been for decades. Rather than wasting time tackling a former Football hero Auditor General should look at ACOA, which will never pass a forensic audit. Peter MacKay and his dog have already caused grief for Harper's government by his nerd like support for ACOA. I think PM Harper has created an untenable political position for the Bloc, who the Liberals actually hate and would dearly love to see deported. Duceppe is no match for Harper who in fact in my opinion is much smarter than Duceppe and Layton. MacLeod

Posted by: Jack MacLeod | 2006-11-29 3:31:09 PM


Most TV we can allow on the screen without throwing up here on the East Coast comes fom Boston and New York. CBC and CTV coverage of "The Convention"
is best on the French Quebec based Channel since the language is entirely in French from the new Country of Quebec recently created by Uncle Stephen Harper and his Country Bumpkins. MacxLeod

Posted by: Jack MacLeode | 2006-11-30 4:28:40 AM


The convention/love-in/crying-in-beer-fest will be sorta like putting up Santa's wish list.
They can wish for Harper's demise but they'll have to produce something they're incapable of TRUTH.
They are off track already and they've only begun.
Wait for the master of bombast and bullshit, Paul Martin the Younger to show us again how a windmill works, he must be a master of charades.
I'll save the popcorn for a better show, couldn't keep it down without Gravol.

Posted by: Liz J | 2006-11-30 6:21:29 AM



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