Laugh about it, shout about it

On Thursday, your humble organ questioned whether former federal New Democrat parliamentarian Svend Robinson was considering running for provincial politics. Admittedly, we already had a good idea about what the answer to that question might be. And, in an interview with The Vancouver Sun's Peter O'Neil, Mr. Robinson confirmed that he's "had many people encouraging me to look at the possibility of running in Burnaby, and certainly Burnaby North was always my home turf." Funny that.

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Considering that it's two years before the next election, and nominations won't occur starting in the fall of 2008, this early speculation on who might or might not be running provincially is getting to be a real bad habit.

Since when is it ever too early to speculate? I don't see how public eye has some mandate to wait for a certain amount of time before elections. Complaining that public eye is providing early speculation is like complaining that sportsnet provides too many cancuks highlights. If you don't like it, don't tune in!

Keep the gossip coming!

I love bad habits....

Here's some more speculation then. In Burnaby Willingdon, which will be vacated by the retiring John Nuraney, two current civic players will battle for it. Lee Rankin for the Liberals and Derek Corrigan for the NDP. Corrigan will win. This will set the stage for two Burnaby contestants when the Carol James putsch happens ... Both Svend and Corrigan will run for leader of the NDP. Neither will win.

I hope the NDP have the guts to tell Svend to go take a hike they don't need him and as for Corrigan why does everyone think he can win willingdon? support for mayor does not translate as support for you provincially

"Since when is it ever too early to speculate?"

Given changes in politics can happen in as short
as a few days, two years is a bit of a stretch.


"I don't see how public eye has some mandate to wait for a certain amount of time before elections."

He doesn't. But one can gt a better idea of what's
going to happen when you get closer.

So who is going to win the federal election in
2012?

Will gasoline go to $1.75 by June 2009?

The better speculation comes when the facts from
both sides are in and one is closer to anticipated
events.

"Here's some more speculation then. In Burnaby Willingdon, which will be vacated by the retiring John Nuraney, two current civic players will battle for it. Lee Rankin for the Liberals and Derek Corrigan for the NDP."

Ain't going to happen. Lee is more attuned to becoming Mayor of the People's Republic of Burnaby than he is being a flunky for Campbell and that's been going around for months.

"Corrigan will win."

Ain't going to happen. Corrigan won't sit as an Opposition MLA when he can get alot done as being Mayor. He'll only run if the NDP has a good chance of being government (and wouldn't that be fun to see especially during the run up to 2010).

What will happen (and this is highly probable given the facts that are out there) that Rankin and Corrigan will politically duke it out next year.

Look for Corrigan's group to be far more stronger than they were in 2005, when they were very weak
compared to previous elections.

They will test everything out during the federal election when they will snack on the federal Liberals and Conservative candidates.

The NDP in Burnaby will go after their opposing
candidates like a starving pit bull goes after a piece of raw meat.

Look for Corrigan's group to be far more stronger than they were in 2005, when they were very weak compared to previous elections.

Why are they going to be stronger? Corrigan showns no sign yet of growing up and dropping his Quixotic opposition to Port Mann and Hwy 1. As long as he's playing those cards, a lot of traditional, working class NDP support is going be wearing a brown paper bag over their heads and staying at home on election day.


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