Instant analysis from the Liberal leadership showcase

John Geddes, Nick Taylor-Vaisey and Aaron Wherry’s formerly live reports from the convention floor

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This afternoon, Liberal supporters filled a hall in the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. The six people who hope to win the party’s leadership made their final appeals to party faithful in a series of 30-minute showcases. Maclean’s has everything you need to know about what comes next for the party that hopes to rebuild its former glory.

John Geddes and Paul Wells, in the video to the right, wonder how much frontrunner Justin Trudeau has actually been tested during his leadership run.

Geddes explores how Trudeau has reacted to the knocks against him thus far. Rosemary Westwood tells you everything you need to know about how Liberals will pick their new leader.

During today’s showcase, Geddes and Nick Taylor-Vaisey liveblog each candidate’s final appeal. Soon, Aaron Wherry will sketch the scene in the convention centre.

The liveblog started at 1 p.m., and ran until the end of the showcase. Below, check out the delicate mix of snark and serious analysis.

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Instant analysis from the Liberal leadership showcase

  1. “Right now, Justin Trudeau and his army of fans are marching into the convention hall.”

    wiki – “The Emperor’s New Clothes” is a short tale by Hans Christian Andersen about two weavers who promise an Emperor a new suit of clothes that is invisible to those unfit for their positions, stupid, or incompetent. When the Emperor parades before his subjects in his new clothes, a child cries out, “But he isn’t wearing anything at all!”

  2. “There was also that time Rae led the NDP to government in Ontario. That’ll be in the director’s cut, I bet.”

    Touche’….heh… you keep that Nick guy around macleans.

  3. “The Liberal party: Like Chumbawumba.”

    Pardon! Wazdat?

    • They get knocked down, but they get up again… You never gona keep them down. Ahh the 90’s..

      • I think I slept through most of it.. Star wars as popular high culture (shudder)

  4. I’m bouncing around between the liberal live coverage and macleans, and i sense a disconnect here…you woudn’t be taking the piss would you macleans? I see Wells has nodded off already…someone give him a poke or he will miss JT.

  5. wow xylo thingies…how is Justin going to top that? I bet he’s practicing the gangham thingy right now…difficult to do while you’re paddling a canoe…but he’s up for it.

  6. Hmmm, i see i’m not the only one to see MHF’s whole pitch as…”i’m not just the “chosen one”… there’s more to me than a winning personality and a pretty dress”.[ that got comment on liberal live] The entire piece came over to me like a subliminal kamikaze attack on the guy with the famous handle.

    Not that i blame her….in for a penny in for a pound at this late stage eh! But all the way through she has managed to turn off liberal like me with her passive aggressive… i’m more than HE is shtick…it long ago got tiresome and overly personal. No wonder Marc bowed out, before she could point out he would be too old to lead the country as well as return to space without the aid of his wheel chair.
    Good speech by her, even though i don’t entirely trust her. At least she’s not going for Murray’s loopy idea of cooperation.

  7. Isn’t the firmness on cooperation with the NDP a bit of a risky move and a test of judgement? A bit against the grain. Local ridings are certainly exploring it.

  8. Martha Hall Findlay and Marc Garneau are excellent Liberals and trust they will be part of the Liberal’s shadow caucus. Justin Trudeau, appears a lightweight, but he has the same elan as did his father and, will learn as he goes. Then for consul – his mentors being Paul Martin and John Chretein will educate and advise him accordingly. Whereas, PM Harper was on his own.

    • I’d rather he took some of his mentorship from Rae…although there’s no denying Chretien had winner written on him all the way through.. PM less so.

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