Yesterday was the membership sign-up deadline for the federal Liberal leadership race. According to The Toronto Star's Linda Diebel, the party "isn't expected to release the results (of that membership drive) for a couple weeks." But, according to our operatives, in British Columbia the number of Lotusland Liberals stood at 19,665 last night - with some counting still remaining. That means there's been at least 10,000 sign-ups since mid-June, when the party's West coast membership was 9,515. Meanwhile, there's much talk that Gerard Kennedy and Bob Rae's campaigns are the sign-up leaders in this province. Although such musings have been pooh-poohed by their competitors.
July 5, 2006