Carolyn Bennet, also present at the meeting, said that David McGuinty, Justin Trudeau and others are already planning their leadership runs and it was time for Rae to do something.
Who are the future candidates for the Federal Liberal Party?
A call for injecting outside talent may be repeated.
Below are a few qualifications that may be helpful.
- Advanced Foreign Relations knowledge
- Well balanced critical assessment of American Relations
- Respect for Canadian Institutions including the military
- An ability to craft a respected brand to secure donations and party loyalty.
On cooperation: (Open letter excerpts reprinted by Globe & Mail)
“I understand the dramatic cries of outrage that must be flung at the government in power – often backed by somewhat scrambled statistics. But is infrastructure stimulus money being distributed unfairly? NOT!” She says that having first-hand knowledge of political “spin” and the “slings and arrows of the press,” she is a non-partisan now who can set the record straight. Ms. Parrish says that Mississauga is receiving a huge amount of dollars from various stimulus programs and it was city staff, not federal and provincial politicians, who decided which projects to fund. So there! “The feds and the province decided how much we’d get. Council decided where it would be spent. And we are grateful for that autonomy,” she writes.
"What began as a bit of a dare and a prank, it (sic) retrospect was poor judgment on my part."
Foreign Relations - US, Israel Relationship
Feb 26,2003 "Damn Americans… I hate those bastards." She later apologizes.Aug 25, 2004 She later refers to anyone who support the missle defence as the coalition of idiots.(Oops!). She shared her opinion on Americans voting for George Bush. Her appearance on a Canadian comedy shot spot on the CBC stepping on a George Bush doll.
Carolyn Parrish update: David Frum has uncovered an absolutely astonishing interview the Mississauga MP gave to Egypt's Al-Ahram Weekly after her propaganda tour to Israel and the occupied territories. Among the highlights: a reprint of a hysterical, incoherent letter Parrish sent to the Toronto Star accusing them of being "pro-Israel" (WTF?); complaints about "the influence of the Jewish lobby" in Canada; and this bizarre, disturbing statement about anti-Semitism
Anti-Americanism has been called the last respectable prejudice, and in Canada during the Bush presidency, it became downright fashionable. Polls showed support for the United States and its foreign policy plummeting among Canadians. U.S. flags were set alight on the street, and the American national anthem was booed at hockey games. In 2003, a peewee hockey team from Massachusetts was greeted with obscene gestures as it arrived in Montreal because its bus was emblazoned with a red-white-and-blue USA logo. A senior aide to then Prime Minister Jean Chrétien dismissed George W. Bush as a moron while a Liberal MP made sport of sticking pins into a voodoo doll of the president.-Financial Post
Anti-Republican Blog on the CBC comedy skit by Liberal MP George Bush insult.
Fox TV news, respond to Liberals George Bush doll stomp. (Over 100,000 hits)
Respect for Canadian Institutions including our Military
In July 2005, Parrish castigated Chief of Defence Staff General Rick Hillier as being "dangerous" and a "testosterone-filled general" after he made comments stating that a soldier's purpose was "to be able to kill people" such as terrorists whom he described as "murderers and scumbags."-wiki
She has won numerous elections and beat a Liberal Martin Steve Mahoney when the ridings were redrawn. Let the healing begin! (Mahoney-Parrish edition)
As a result of redistribution, Mahoney was forced to run against fellow Liberal Member of Parliament Carolyn Parrish for the Liberal nomination in Mississauga—Erindale in the 2004 federal election. The nomination battle was extremely polarizing for the party. While Mahoney had been a Chrétien supporter, Parrish was considered (incorrectly, it turned out) as a Paul Martin loyalist. In addition, Parrish was often criticized in the Canadian media for making statements that were interpreted as anti-American, while Mahoney frequently condemned anti-American rhetoric during his time in the Commons. (On February 27, 2003, he ended one spoken-word intervention by yelling "God Bless America".) There was also personal acrimony between the candidates: on one occasion, Mahoney accused Parrish of illegal fundraising and called for criminal charges to be filed.-wiki
...she has no allegiance to the Martin Liberals. "I have absolutely no loyalty to this team. None," she says.
It is a very difficult task to be in the opposition and it requires the ability to push back and demand an open government. It takes a very special person who can attack the existing government for everything by continually offering their confidence in the House of Commons.
Liberal leadership Shortlist for 2011: Who will be tapped next?
Sagging Polls, suspect sustained fundraising efforts, the Liberal team may decide to look again for their next Pierre E.Trudeau to lead them back to the promised land. Who will make the short list for 2011?