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Friday, May 23, 2008

Guelph By-election and Wikipedia

Had a free moment today, so I took a peek at the Wikipedia pages for each of the four canadiates in the upcoming Guelph by-election. If I were to wager who's going to win strcitly based on their Wiki page content, then hands down, this one would be to Mr. Harper's candidate.

Interestingly, each of their pages seem to reflect their personalites, based on what I've been hearing from folks in the riding. (not just Tories, by the way)

Here there are, along with some thoughts:

Frank Valeriote, Liberal

Of all the candidates Wiki pages, quite "Frankly" (ha ha), his looks the most pathetic. Honestly though, it fits with his profile quite nicely... a boring lawyer, with little experience (other than being a lawyer) to bring to the table for the citizens of Guelph. Seriously though, there's as much info here on the previous MP, Brenda Chamberlain, as there is on Mr. Valeriote. How would I evaluate his Wiki resume? Pretty good... if I'm looking for a "YES MAN" backbencher for Stephane Dion.

Gloria Kovach - Conservative

A very extensive bio on what Kovach has been doing for the last few years, with a pretty impressive looking resume. She's a 17 year veteran of Guelph City Council, Former President of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, a member of tons of high profile Boards and Committees, and has even been recognized by the United Nations for her work in Uganda. According to the Wiki page, she'd bring TONS of experience to the table, which would well serve the people of Guelph. She's a very strong woman, and really knows her stuff.

Mike Nagy, Green Party

Contains the most policy content of all the Wiki pages, though he doesn't seem to have much relevant experience. This will be his third time carrying the Green banner in Guelph, where he succeded in increasing his vote total from 2004 to 2006 by 1500 votes. (he one of the best results in Ontario for the Greens in the 2006 election, with 5376 votes)

Thomas King, NDP

Quite through and extensive, touting his long history as a novelist and author. He's been nominated twice for a Governor General's Award (1992, 1993), and was made a Member of the Order of Canada. Lots of experience as an author, but looks (on paper) to be pretty shy of relevant experience for an MP. Though he's actually an American (born in Sacramento, California), he's called Canada home since 1980, after working in Australia as a photo-journalist. He's of Cherokee and Greek heritige (as per his Wiki bio).

So, that's my thoughts on the Wiki pages for the Guelph by-election candidates. Stay tuned for their website reviews, which I'll be posting this weekend.

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  • At Fri May 23, 03:29:00 p.m. EDT, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Of course the Wiki submissions on Ms. Kovach are done by you or someone else on her campaign team and the other candidates haven't devoted the time to their pages.

    If we choose candidates by the highly unreliable Wikipedia heaven help us.

  • At Fri May 23, 03:44:00 p.m. EDT, Blogger Christian Conservative said…

    By me? LOL... that's funny Anon, but dead wrong... I have no idea who's done any of them, I just reviewed them as I found them.

    By the way, other than what I've posted on my blog, I haven't done any web stuff for the campaigns in Guelph, I just review the stuff as it comes my way... but of course, I do like to promote who I think is the best candidate.

  • At Fri May 23, 04:01:00 p.m. EDT, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I hope the by-elections (buy-elections it would seem in some parts of the country) are called soon. This Koavach lady seems like she could win with flying colours. More blows to the liberal "machine" would be amusing.

  • At Fri May 23, 04:16:00 p.m. EDT, Blogger Christian Conservative said…

    Yea Babylonian, I think it is going to be an interesting fight. This is a fairly Liberal riding, so it's going to take some work on the part of the team there to win.

    On an interesting note, the Liberals had a chance to select a much more qualified candidate, Marva Wisdom... she's a black lady who used to work for the previous MP there, and she's been working within the Liberal apperatus for many years, and is very well respected... but instead of her, the Guelph Liberals chose the rich white male lawyer!

    So much for the party of "equality"!

    But here's the REAL irony... a mere five days after Valeriote won, what does Dion go and do? He stands up in the House of Commons, and has the gall to say "We need more women in Parliament"... right after his own membership in Guelph reject a highly qualified one!!!

    (read his quote right here!)

  • At Fri May 23, 04:39:00 p.m. EDT, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Yea, talk about hypogrits......Well I doubt Dion will be meddling in any local riding associations after what happend in D-M-C Sask.

  • At Fri May 23, 04:43:00 p.m. EDT, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Me and you, "CC", have had this conversation before.

    The local riding association in Guelph chose the Liberal candidate, not Dion. This is NOT a case of Dion saying one thing and doing another (To be fair, we can both agree there are plenty of those instances, though)

    At least the Guelph Libs HAVE a candidate selected by the grassroots.

    Mike Wisniewski

  • At Fri May 23, 04:58:00 p.m. EDT, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I don't think it's a case of Dion saying one thing and doing's more like the Leader, Dion, saying one thing, and his Liberals, the Guelph association, doing another.

    CC had a very fair comment. I remember the liberal bloggers partying like it was New years 1899 when Dion announced a need for more women in the caucus. Then look what happens with this candidate in Guelph.

  • At Fri May 23, 05:03:00 p.m. EDT, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Guelph Libs just so happened to want a rich white male lawyer. That's Guelph's choice.

    When parties remove duly nominated election candidates, they create a lot of upset on the ground. Dion is just recognizing the will of Guelph Libs... something other parties that shall remain nameless could learn a lesson from.

    Mike Wisniewski

  • At Mon May 26, 09:00:00 a.m. EDT, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    So? Where are the website reviews?


  • At Mon May 26, 09:24:00 a.m. EDT, Blogger Top Can said…

    The Conservatives identifying candidates based on race: what a shocker....

    Anyway, Kovach's extensive 17 years of experience will mean squat in a caucus keep completely castrated by this Prime Minister and his PMO, which with Guy Giorno's arrival is becoming more like Harricide every day. If she does win then she'll just be another pound of flesh to keep the seats on the Tory side warm.

  • At Mon May 26, 09:30:00 a.m. EDT, Blogger Christian Conservative said…

    "The Conservatives identifying candidates based on race: what a shocker...."

    ?!?! Hey man, I pulled that right off the NDP candidate's bio! Chill out! (and for the record, he's the only one that says anything about his heritage, probably because he's proud of it!)

    Mike, you should chill out too, the review is coming... just had a busy weekend.

  • At Mon May 26, 02:02:00 p.m. EDT, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I'm chill...

    just being my usual thorn-in-the-side self


  • At Mon May 26, 10:53:00 p.m. EDT, Blogger Top Can said…

    You mean to tell me that one of the reasons the NDP is telling people not to vote Liberal is because the Liberals happened to choose a white guy over a black woman?

    Well, if that's the case I apologize to you personally. As for the NDP, shame on them.


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