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Monday, December 22, 2008

Nancy Greene Raine and 17 others to the Senate

You might be wondering why Nancy Greene Raine was one of the18 Senate appointments announced today. Of course, she's one of the greatest athletes the country has ever produced. But she also possesses a fairly sharp political mind, one that tilts decidedly to the right.

I wrote a cover story on her back in the mid-1990s for BC Report, after she won the big "What I would do if I were Prime Minister" contest, sponsored annually by Magna International, Frank Stronach's company. The contest used to have two categories: one for student submissions, and one comprising 10 invited essay writers. Greene's common-sense conservative entry was judged to be the best of the invited ones.

The contest now seems to have morphed into a TV show called Canada's Next Great Prime Minister.

Posted by Terry O'Neill on December 22, 2008 | Permalink


Meh, it could have been worse. It still changes nothing because the opposition has more seats in the senate.

It's not fun to know that the opposition can dictate what Harper does; it should be the reverse. Let's hope he gets back on track soon.

Posted by: Zebulon Pike | 2008-12-22 12:35:11 PM

Given a wait of three years and the prospect of a coalition in power he did the only thing he could do. Hopefully these appointees will have the courage to oppose Harper's adoption of the wrong policies of his opponents.

Posted by: DML | 2008-12-22 7:24:51 PM

Some of the picks are a little strange, but Stephen Harper gets serious, serious points for letting the free market run its course and refusing to bail out John Tory.

Posted by: Ker | 2008-12-22 8:19:13 PM

Nancy Greene Raines got her fill of bureaucrats and Green-inspired regulatory quagmire while jumping through hoops to develop her ski hill. Given those battle scars in seeing what it takes to do anything these days, she could potentially be a great Senator. Lets hope she kills, impedes, or waters-down all the future legislation that she can.

Posted by: John Chittick | 2008-12-23 12:04:55 AM

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