Yesterday, Brian Kieran - The Province's former political columnist - reported Peace River South MLA Blair Lekstrom will "announce this week if he intends to seek the Liberal leadership and with it the premiership." Mr. Lekstrom would be an inspiring candidate, given his decision to resign from caucus and cabinet after failing to convince his colleagues to halt the introduction of the harmonized sales tax. So his principle challenge would be organizational. As a legislator, most of Mr. Lekstrom's time was spent on policy and representing his constituency rather than playing party politics. That means he doesn't have the kind of kitchen cabinet needed to run a province-wide campaign. Undoubtably, if he were to enter the leadership race, some regional organizers would supported him. And a stripped-down, man-of-the-people bid for the big job could create substantive earned media. Think of Mr. Lekstrom campaigning across the province on his motocycle. But whether that results in membership signups and ballot box support is another question.
November 16, 2010