Monday, November 10, 2008

More Insider Liberal Rhetoric

Jane Taber continues her ridiculous reporting techniques. Name names Jane.

Picking up Gerard Kennedy caucus support??? Navdeep Bains. There I said it. Wasn't so hard was it?

Announcing some time in the next two weeks? How about when enough MPs can fly in to surround him during the announcement for maximum effect and spin.

“… anyone who believes this delivers seats is being unrealistic,” the strategist said. Another loyal Liberal with no hidden agenda?

A few notes regarding the convention. This morning's cheapest return flight from Toronto is $613, $763 from Montreal, $873 Moncton, $338 from Calgary. I have not seen the delegate fees published anywhere yet, but my guess is $995 again. The cheapest hotel room that I have found online is $89 per evening.

Start saving your pennies Liberals.

12 comments:

bigcitylib said...

$89 for a room in Vancover? Bring your own can of roach spray.

James Curran said...

I didn't say it was the Ritz.

whopitulia said...

I usually stay at the Buchan Hotel on Haro St. No roaches, silver fish, mice or rats last time I stayed there but it's in the heart of the West End, residential area. Fab location, near the beach, RObson, Stanley Park, etc. It's a little on the quaint and shabby side but I always imagine I'm like Dorothy Parker at the Algonquin hotel in the 50s. Good imagination I've got. You can sometimes bargain them down to a slightly cheaper rate, especialy if you're looking for a group booking.

http://www.buchanhotel.com

S.K. said...

You can also go to Craig's list and find short term accomodation in apartments and b an b's. It would be nice if the aprty and candidates made some attempt at putting up a billeting website or list. I've worked with some much less powerful and much less organized political groups that have no problem billeting people for their conferences and conventions. Yes the party negotiates group rates at hotels, but they could do more, and should. Perhaps crafty bloggers could make a billeting web site for those offering and those needing affordable accomodation.

RuralSandi said...

Some may have relatives or friends to stay with.

It may sound corny, but maybe someone should try to approach VIA - group reduction costs - picking up people from each province.

RuralSandi said...

About all those secret sources and rumour...Taber especially, I'm going to wait until all are announced and their endorsements. Can't be too far off.

Taber isn't especially reliable - who's her source - Heard?

whopitulia said...

The Via Rail idea is not so corny, people keep suggesting a cross country Liberal rail odyssey referencing those famous photos of Laurier campaigning by train. I've been told by a few veterans that in olden times the Liberal train trip to conventions was quite a rowdy affair and much merriment was had by all. Maybe Via would do a "Liberal" discount, the free press would be worth it.

Aurelia said...

Usually they all do discounts, VIA, flights, hotels, etc. I actually used points last time for my hotel and train ticket, so it was easier. I could've paid cash but wanted to use some of the points I acquired racking up my credit cards over the years.

Craigslist is really a great source for a lot of things like accommodations actually. Kind of surprising.

S.K. said...

Unfortunately, for long distances the train costs more than flying. For the Windsor Montreal corridor it makes sense, farthur than that it just doesn't add up, even with discounts.

As a media stunt it might be fun for a few, but it's impractical for most. Vancouver is a long, long way from St John's.

RuralSandi said...

Meant to mention - in my local newspaper, they've written that Ontario's "Highway of Heros" (Toronto to Trenton) is going to be featured tomorrow evening, November 11, 2008 of NBC's Evening News with Brian Williams.

Local Grit said...

Still don't understand why delegates can't just be video conferenced in from various satalite conventions across the country. Those 900 bucks in delegate fees means I won't be donating to the Liberal party for a least 5 years.

S.K. said...

Yes I think satelite voting locations across the country would work as well. Winnipeg, Toronto, Montreal, Halifax would work very nicely. delegates could sign in one day with the first vote that evening. Stay one night and then finish voting the next day. It would free up a lot of money for the Party and would not have needed a constitutional ammendment. Delegates would also be free to attend any of these locations making it more likely that someone would have freinds or family they could stay with, thereby eliminating hotel costs entirely.