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February 20, 2006
Guess Who's Running For Leader?

Canadians will wind up with a new Liberal leadership soon, after Paul Martin's resignation forced a change of direction for the once-powerful party. According to SES Reseach, which nailed the predictions for the last national election, one of the front-runners has only been a Grit since bailing Martin out of a jam last spring. A poll of Ontario voters show these four in front:

Ken Dryden: 14%
Bob Rae: 12%
Michael Ignatieff: 12%
Belinda Stronach: 11%

Yes indeed, Strollin' Stronach has a virtual tie with the other three front-runners, with 28% still undecided. Stronach crossed the aisle after giving her boyfriend, Tory deputy leader Peter MacKay, all of a few hours' notice before betraying him in every way possible to prop up the corrupt Liberal government. For this, she received a portfoliio for a ministry in human resources, which lasted all of six months before the government got the boot from a disgusted Commons.

I wouldn't count her out of the race, either. She has a lot of money behind her, and a friendship with Bill Clinton to boot. That combination proved successful south of the 49th, and it will be potent above it as well.

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at February 20, 2006 7:31 AM

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