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Saturday, March 06, 2004

More bad news for the Liberals

There's a certain segment of the Liberal party that is likely celebrating tonight (not the least of which is Tony Valeri, and congratulations to him on his victory, short-lived though it may be), but they shouldn't uncork the champagne just yet.

I think what we're seeing here is a Pyrrhic victory for Paul Martin's "All-New, All-Different" Liberal party. Perhaps not in Hamilton - I'm not sure if Sheila Copps can win her seat as an independant or New Democrat. But I'm sure that Sheila's nomination defeat sends out a message to lots of left-leaning Liberal supporters that they should take their votes elsewhere. Worse, it sends out a message that Martin has a vendetta against Chretien loyalists. To those of us who keep a close eye on such things, this is hardly news, but most Canadians had never heard of Jean Pelletier until last week. Everyone knows who Sheila Copps is.

Mark my words, the Liberals have risked more than Hamilton East-Stoney Creek tonight.

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