Friday, March 10, 2006

Next Face Poll. Results Are In.

It was a barn burner. A dead heat.
In the end after 3 weeks of polling, only 1/2 of 1% separated Ignatieff from Dryden and only 1% separated Dryden from Dion.

Here are the results :
Michael Ignatieff : 34.0%
Ken Dryden : 33.5%
Stephane Dion : 32.5%

What does it all mean? Let us break it down for you...
First. We found it intersting that Dion received virtually as many votes as Dryden and Ignatieff since he has flown under the radar since January and has - among the three Next Face candidates - had the least amount of buzz within the Liberal Blog community. Second. We think it is safe to say that both Dryden or Ignatieff seem to represent the "new blood" that a large amount of bloggers and Liberals alike are looking for as we move towards the inevitable leadership debate. Third. No matter the outcome, each of the three would bring a new dimension to the race. Next Face would welcome an Ignatieff/Dryden showdown. Few would argue that the party and the country would be stronger for it.

Now that we have your attention, please feel free to partake in our latest poll on the right. Sure to be an interesting outcome and like a silent auction, you never know when it is going to end so vote early and vote often.


s.b. said...

How about depth of experince for a quality. or respect in the international community
Does Anyone running for leadership have as many qualifications as this woman?

Louise Fréchette is the first Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations. A national of Canada, she assumed her duties on 2 March 1998, after having been appointed by Secretary-General Kofi Annan.

Before joining the United Nations, Ms. Fréchette was the Deputy Minister of National Defence of Canada from 1995 to 1998. Prior to that, she was Associate Deputy Minister in her country’s Department of Finance. She served as Permanent Representative of Canada to the United Nations from 1992 to 1995. Ms. Fréchette began her career in 1971 in Canada’s Department of External Affairs. She was part of her country’s delegation to the General Assembly in 1972, and then served as Second Secretary at the Canadian Embassy in Athens until 1975. From 1975 to 1977, Ms. Fréchette worked in the European Affairs Division in Canada’s Department of External Affairs.

Returning to Europe, she served as First Secretary at the Canadian Mission to the United Nations in Geneva from 1978 to 1982. During that period, she participated in a session of the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in Madrid from November 1980 to July 1981.After serving as Deputy Director of the Trade Policy Division in the Department of External Affairs from 1982 to 1983, Ms. Fréchette became Director of the European Summit Division from 1983 to 1985. She received her first ambassadorship in 1985, serving as Canada’s ambassador to Argentina with concurrent accreditation to Uruguay and Paraguay.Ms. Fréchette was named Assistant Deputy Minister for Latin America and the Caribbean in the Department of External Affairs and international trade in October 1988. In that capacity, she directed a review of Canada’s relations with the region, which led to Canada’s entry into the Organization of American States (OAS). In January 1991 she became Assistant Deputy Minister for Economic Policy and Trade Competitiveness.

Ms. Fréchette received a Bachelor of Arts degree from College Basile Moreau. She earned a degree in history from the University of Montreal in 1970 and a post-graduate diploma in economic studies at the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium in 1978. She has received honorary doctorate degrees from Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, Kyung Hee University in Seoul, University of Ottawa, University of Toronto, and Laval University, Québec. In 1998, she was appointed Officer of the Order of Canada.Born in Montreal on 16 July 1946, Ms. Fréchette is single. She speaks French, English and Spanish.
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CuriosityKilledTheCat said...

Why Bob Rae Could Make A Formidable Candidate for Liberal Leader

These are some of the reasons in favour of his throwing his hat into the ring:

• He is left-centre in social terms, close, in my view, to the real social political critical mass of the Liberal Party.

• His raw intelligence would make Harper – the man who never needed a mentor because he never found anyone smarter than him, so reports said – squirm. There is no way Harper could pull a fast one on Rae.

• He is a consummate politician. Unlike Harper, who seems to be sending out signals that he has a political tin ear, Rae’s antennae are attuned to the average voter.

• He has a political philosophy which is closer to the holistic one Harper has, but with a far more liberal view of the world.

• He would probably attract enough NDP votes in BC, Ontario and the Maritimes, to lead the Liberals to a majority government.

• Fluent in French.

• A man Canadians could be proud of (a nice change from earlier Liberal leaders). He would lead Canada into taking active steps to bring positive solutions to the problems facing so many people in the world (poverty, the disruption caused by globalization, the destruction of the international comity by Bush and his neocons).

• Certainly no fan of being Bush’s lapdog; he would leave it to Tony and Stephen to fight for the place on Bush’s lap.

• He would not try to foist a subterranean theocracy on to Canada’s political contours.

What are some of the major disadvantages?

• He proved massively economically when he ran Ontario, paying little heed to the results of some of the NDP programs he implemented.

• Could he maintain a centre-right economic policy?

• Does he still have the passion to make Canada a better place?

My basic requirements before I would consider supporting Rae for Liberal Party leader revolve around his view on certain major issues, including:

• Has he a detailed formulation for resolving the “democratic deficit”? We say Martin champion it as a flavour-of-the-day but do very little to remedy the deficit. If Martin had tackled this deficit as fiercely as he tackled the economic deficit years ago, he would be Prime Minister of a majority Liberal Party today.

• Is he prepared to make a reasonable form of proportional representation (PR) a major plank in the Liberal platform? It so obviously meets many of the deep needs of Canadian voters, that it has to be addressed by any serious candidate for leadership of the Liberal Party and potential Prime Minister.

• Would be commit in his program not to change the nature of the Canadian confederation in the stealthy way which Harper is promising, with his “new federalism” and “fiscal imbalance” coded framing.

So, let’s have a look at your program, Mr Rae; then we can judge whether you are the person we wish to be the next Prime Minister of Canada.

AR said...

Dion would make a brilliant leader. He is clearly intelligent, has vision, and has the political experience necessary to navigate the party through troubled times, and against a reformed and challenging Conservative Party. He is one of the few to have successfully weathered both the Chrétien and Martin governments untarnished . Unlike some leaders, Dion does not rely on appealing to the emotional core of people, but their rational and pragmatic side - his arguments are always backed by clear thought and analysis. I think that this would be taken very well by voters, who have become so used to being mislead and treated like complete idiots, incapable of understanding even the basic reasoning behind government policy. He would be a positive step toward developing a positive and policy-based platform that voters can trust and support.

tobias said...

Frechette, Rae, Dion. Throw in Ignatieff and Dryden and you have the makings of a GREAT debate. The party - and the nation - could be better for it.

As we speak we at Next Face are considering adding Louise Frechette and Bob Rae to the short list of Next Face candidates. More on this in the days and weeks to come.

JB said...

I agree with Tobias 100%, though I have to admitt I am leaning towards Ignatieff. I have for years now been following his work. The man has an exceptional mind and understanding of nationalist, specifically applicable to the French-Englich tensions this country is facing, which could help resolve the longstanding linguistic tensions that have been brewing since the last referendum. His bilingualism in our two official languages is exceptional; he can leave an audience flabergasted in either language.

I have heard the man speak at a talk in Montreal recently. His view that the next step for our country after the Charter, is the establishment of equality of the citizenry a mare usq a mare (from sea to sea. His understandings of the inequality between citizens across provincial boundaries is right on the money. Why should individuals receive different levels of services, in terms of actual services and their quality between provinces.

His undertstanding on international politics as well as his experience can help put Canada at the forefront of the development of positive relations in the international communty and put Canada at the center of it while strenghtening our relations around the world. If you think our achivements of creating the ICC and the Ottawa cojnvention banning lanfmines were big, given the oportunity would bring us to the next step from these very high bars set during the previous Liberal era.

Many have harped on him for being a so-called academic elitist lacking the ability to talk to the everyday Joe or Jane. I believe these to be totally bogus. The man spent decades traveling to some of the most remote regions of the world as a foreign war correspandent for the BBC, befrending individuals in many corners of our vast globe, be it nomad, farmer, or herder. He is the quitesential cosmopolitan spirit both Canada and the world need.

However, I do recognize that Liberals like Dion and Frechette have A LOT to bring to the debate table. My only concern is that the left vote is split between a multiplicity of candidates which could unfortunately allow one of the two expected right wing candidates.

AR said...


Ignatieff is definately a strong candidate and a brilliant man. He would also be a great leader with considerable vision for this country, particularly in the areas of national unity and international relations. The only problem I can really find in him, personally, is his lack of political experience. Admittedly, he has been in numerous advisory roles, but not in these positions himself until now.

There are so many talented and tempting candidates coming to the fore, which will make the convention all the better.

The only candidate I really think I couldn't stomach becomming leader would be Stronach. She is a good MP, and definately an important member of the party, but would make a terrible leader.

Why is it, I wonder, that always makes the left so divided?

Anonymous said...

The poll has been seriously skewed. I had been checking the numbers regularly and I noticed that Stephane Dion's number shot way up (from a distant 3rd to first place) overnight one night. That day was the only day with dramatic movement. Someone had OBVIOUSLY been messing with the poll. Anyway, it doesn't matter. Internet polls are not very scientific anyway, and at this stage, with only three names on the poll, it's meaningless. I agree that both Ignatieff and Dion are strong potential candidate, though.

tobias said...

Meanless? As in wihout meaning?
We beg to differ. Aside from the obvious push from the Dion camp by an overzealous voter, the poll was well meaning and - we think - showed clearly how at this stage there is NO clear front ruunner. In that sense the poll is full of meaning.

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