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  Liberals are making a mistake in Outremont
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Last EditedMonsieur  Sep 21, 2009 03:53pm
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AuthorJeff Jedras
News DateMonday, September 21, 2009 09:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionQuebec politics have always puzzled me and Quebec Liberal politics have always infuriated me. And I'm feeling both emotions the more I read about how the Liberal Party is blocking popular former MP and cabinet minister Martin Cauchon from even seeking the Liberal nomination in the riding of Outremont.

I'm told that, last night, Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff contacted Cauchon and told him he was not going to be allowed to be a candidate for the Outremont nomination. That appears to have been confirmed this afternoon when, following his speech to the Toronto Board of Trade, Ignatieff told reporters that, while he liked Cauchon, he'd prefer a female candidate chosen by his Quebec lieutenant, Denis Coderre, to try to win Outremont back from the NDP's Thomas Mulcair.

I think Ignatieff is making a mistake here, both in supporting Coderre's decision to block Cauchon and, frankly, in giving so much-leeway to Coderre and trusting his motivations when it comes to organizing Quebec. According to many published reports, Coderre is more interested in blocking a possible rival to his own leadership bid then he is in organizing Quebec for the next election. And the way Coderre hung Stephane Dion out to dry doesn't fill me with confidence in his loyalty to the Liberal cause.

Coderre is said to favour Nathalie Le Prohon, a director with Hydro Quebec. I know nothing about her, I'm sure she'd make a fine candidate. And if she's interested, she should contest an open nomination against Cauchon and whoever else would like to run.
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