Friday, January 27, 2006

Windsor Liberty Seminar

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Registraton for the Windsor Liberty Seminar opens today. You can learn more and/or register by clicking on the banner above.

Come on down to Windsor on March 11 for a weekend of learning and liberty in Canada's very own "sin city." The Superbowl will be over and we've got nothin' to do after then.

The speakers are great and hopefully we can get some new people out and excited about freedom-oriented activism.

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Note: thanks to sponsorship by the Institute for Humane Studies, this event is open free of charge.

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

so it goes

So it's over.

I guess I'm pretty happy with the overall results of the election. I know a lot of tories would have liked to do better in Toronto, but with our stand on SSM, I think it's a little bit silly to be surprised by how things went there.

I was extremely disappointed to see Jeremy Harrison lose by only 106 votes - the kind of loss that can be prevented with an exceptionally strong campaign. Sounds like there's some controversy surrounding that riding, though, so we'll see what happens.

I'll admit that we were a bit blindsided by what happened here in Windsor-Tecumseh. It was an exceptionally hard loss, both because of the work that Rick and our team put in down here, and because we had simply misread the data and were expecting better. NDP polling numbers are tricky. We learned a lot, though. Our eday system works amazingly well - we got our vote out. I'm a little bit addicted to training volunteers now, though. I miss it already and it's only been a few days.

So what's ahead? I expect the Accountability Act will pass without much opposition and we'll see how bad things have really been. After that? I guess we'll see. I'm inclined to think that the next election won't be for three years or so. A bit of a break from elections is in order anyways.

For now, expect to see updates on the Windsor Liberty Seminar very soon, as registration opens on Friday.

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Liberal attack ads

Yesterday my campaign manager and I watched the Liberal attack ads in his office and we agreed that they had the potential to be pretty devastating. They could have, but I don't think they will be.

The Liberals, in typical 2006 Liberal Campaign fashion, screwed themselves over by pulling the military ad, and then screwed themselves over further when John Duffy lost it on Mike Duffy during a commercial break on Mike Duffy live last night.

Pull one ad of 12 and you take away the credibility of the other 11. These are rookie mistakes, although I'm sure that plenty of Liberal strategists would take offense to that coming from some nobody 21-year-old campaign worker. (After all, it's not what you do, it's how long you've been doing it.)

Meanwhile, polling numbers from our phone bank in Windsor-Tecumseh continue to astound even our own campaign workers. "Stand Up for Canada" signs are appearing in the riding without requests from the campaign, Rick has been kicking ass in the debates he's participating in, and I'm loving all the calls we're getting from supporters asking about the details of the victory party.

Only 12 days to go. Only 12 more days of phone banking, door knocking, scrutineer calling, event planning, GOTV, and spinach dip and chicken wings at Murphy's Tap and Eatery (aka the unofficial Windsor-Tecumseh Conservative Campaign Headquarters II), and envelope stuffing into the wee hours of the morning.

Only 12 more days of NDP declaration that Windsor-Tecumseh is their "safest seat."

Bernier's bad bet

Adrian Wyld/Canadian Press Maxime Bernier is taking a gamble. He believes that there is a large, disenfranchised voting bloc in Canada...