What do Sam Bulte, and Deborah Coyne have in common?
They both lost in the last federal election, and now they both have facebook groups for them to run for the Don Valley West Federal nomination. To refresh your memory, Sam lost in Parkdale High Park, and Deborah lost to Jack Layton in Toronto Danforth.
I really hate to be a killjoy as both these women seem to be very qualified candidates, but I think it looks bad that we shuffle around people who lose election into seemingly winnable ridings just to get them elected. I prefer building riding associations around candidates, not parachuting them in if they can't get the job done in other ridings that they can possibly win.
It makes the party look elitist, that they can just push anyone onto the electorate, and feel that since the riding is Liberal, the public will vote for them. I believe in developing candidates that work together with their riding associations to stay involved in their constituency areas. Not candidates who move to another more winnable riding once they lose an election. I believe that if you lose, try again, campaign harder, meet more people, and sign up more members.
So on facebook I just see people joining groups for this riding, i have joined none. I really want to see if this nomination will be picked by the leader, or if it will be open and freely contested.