Survivor: Liberal Party Edition
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Survivor: Liberal Party Edition

2006_2_1rae.jpgIn the last week three big names in the Liberal leadership race, former deputy PM John Manley, ambassador Frank McKenna and former Newfoundland premier and Captain Canuck Brian Tobin have dropped out. Frank McKenna put it best “I reminded myself this week of my vow upon leaving office – that having escaped the trap, I wouldn’t go back for the cheese.” He also pointed out that being Liberal Leader means pretty good odds that you’ll eventually be PM and that, in fact, there’s only been one Liberal leader who didn’t eventually become PM.
So the field of potential PMs is getting mighty thin. A lot of us are still recovering from having to hear the words “Prime Minister Stephen Harper” but let’s think ahead for a bit. The list of possible prime ministers sounds a touch comical: a former NDP premier (Bob Rae), a former Montreal Canadiens goalie (Ken Dryden) and two former conservative leadership candidates (Brison and Stronach), it’s almost enough to make Torontoist think about getting a Liberal Party membership just so he can vote for the person that’s going to make the least embarassing party leader.
So why not make the race just a little more absurd and let the winner of CTV’s “Next Great Prime Minister” competition join in on the fun. The winner will have spent countless hours in the media spotlight, have been grilled by veteran politicians (former PMs are doing the judging) and would bring some much needed fresh ideas into the Liberal Party.