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Blog Profile / Queer-Liberal

Filed Under:Politics / Canadian Politics
Posts on Regator:546
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Archived Since:March 18, 2008

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Party elites, not grassroots members, chose Wynne for Ontario Liberal Leader...

The recent Ontario Liberal leadership convention in Toronto was enjoyable to attend. It gave me the opportunity to re-connect with dozens of Liberals I've known over the years. It also provided great drama as it produced a new leader and premier for Ontario, Kathleen Wynne. Show More Summary

Great day as British House of Commons votes in favour of legalizing same-sex marriage.

Britain's Parliament voted today 400 to 175 to legalize equal marriage in the United Kingdom. The government-proposed bill would enable same-sex couples to get married in both civil and religious ceremonies, provided that the religious institution consents. Show More Summary

My short film 'The Golden Pin' plays with 'A Silk Letter' at Carlton Cinema this week...

A few years back, I co-produced and co-wrote the award-winning short film The Golden Pin with my friend, director Cuong Ngo. It won Best Canadian Short at the 2009 Inside Out film festival in Toronto and then went on to screen at over 40 international film festivals, as well as on HBO in the U.S. Show More Summary

Former New York mayor Ed Koch dies at 88

Closet case! Coward! We've heard all these words today and long before to describe Ed Koch, who served as New York City's mayor during the 1980s. According to the folks who made the 2012 documentary "How to Survive a Plague", his " More Summary

Kathleen Wynne's amazing speech to the Ontario Liberal convention yesterday...

For those who didn't see Kathleen Wynne's speech to Liberal delegates yesterday morning, you should definitely give it a watch. It will go down as one of the best speeches a candidate has ever given to a convention. She took on every challenge she faced with strength and charm. Show More Summary

Historic night for Ontario: First woman / First openly LGBT Premier!

I have to congratulate Kathleen Wynne on a victory well-earned. She did it by bringing three out of her four male rivals over to her side at today's Ontario Liberal leadership convention in Toronto. The left-centre-right coalition put...Show More Summary

Xtra journalist accredited to attend Ontario Liberal convention, misleading Xtra story gives different impression...

This story caught my interest as an accredited blogger at the Ontario Liberal leadership convention. I just had a chat with the party's media person, Bradley Hammond, about it. He told me that Xtra reporter Andrea Houston (who has often...Show More Summary

Great speech tonight by a great leader with a great legacy

Very pleased to see Dalton McGuinty's speech tonight at the OLP convention reflecting on the numerous accomplishments since 2003!

It's not about being gay, but it is about taking a leap of faith...

I supported Lyn McLeod in the 1992 Ontario Liberal leadership race. I supported Gerard Kennedy in the 1996 OLP race. I supported Sheila Copps in the 2003 federal race (one of the few, I know.) I also supported Stephane Dion in 2006 (and...Show More Summary

Buffoonery continues at Toronto City Hall as Rob Ford wins appeal

The circus that is Rob Ford's bizarre Toronto mayoralty will continue after the manboy won his appeal to stay in office today after being found guilty of breaking conflict of interest laws late last year. You can read the Star's coverage of today's ruling here. Show More Summary

Queer-liberal: Accredited blogger at Ontario Liberal leadership convention 2013

I'm very pleased to announce that I've been approved as an accredited blogger at the 2013 Ontario Liberal leadership convention taking place this weekend, January 25th to 27th. You can follow my posts here all convention long and myShow More Summary

Busy weekend of Liberal leadership voting; the wacky Glen Murray...

Like hundreds, I put my name on the ballot this past weekend to become a delegate to the Ontario Liberal leadership convention later this month from Toronto Centre. My candidate, Sandra Pupatello, has won the most delegates across the province with 504 elected, just ahead of Kathleen Wynne who has 463. Show More Summary

Pupatello still tops, followed by Wynne, in my Liberal leadership deliberations

I remain quite supportive of Sandra Pupatello for the leadership of the Ontario Liberals. She continues to perform well with a clear and consistent message that I'm sure will continue to be fleshed out more fully in advance of January 26th. Show More Summary

Sandra Pupatello for Ontario Liberal Leader & Premier

After much thought and watching the candidates in action over the last few weeks, I'm going to follow my head and my heart and endorse Sandra Pupatello for Ontario Liberal Leader and Premier. I've liked Sandra for years. She's got great personality, spunk, energy, communication skills and amazing drive. Show More Summary

Martha Hall-Findlay is looking better and better every day...

Justin Trudeau seems to be imploding lately with the revelation of old and very unfortunate 2010 quotes about Alberta and now an incoherent position on the gun registry. Suddenly, the quick fix coronation many Liberals expected seems like a very bad idea. Show More Summary

Time for Toronto conservatives to find a new champion and ditch Buffoon Ford!

Many of Rob Ford's opponents are celebrating today's surprising court decision to remove him from office for breaking the law. Apparently, Rob Ford intends to appeal the decision in court and try to stay in office. If a byelection is...Show More Summary

GridTO article: Splitting the Village

This week, I was happy to be interviewed for this Grid Toronto piece about the possible splitting of Toronto's Gay Village into two federal/provincial ridings. Here's an excerpt and link to the reporter Luc Rinaldi's great article: The...Show More Summary

Tories way down and Liberals way up, yet some in the MSM say this is good for Stephen Harper?

This article is one of a couple currently using a new Ipsos Reid poll to argue that Justin Trudeau is Stephen Harper's newest friend. The last Ipsos poll earlier this year put NDP support at 38% with the Tories at 35%, and the Liberals at 18%. Show More Summary

Americans vote for same sex marriage in 4 states & re-elect a pro-equal marriage President!

Let me just quickly celebrate the great re-election of Barack Obama on Tuesday night. He's the first President of the United States to publicly support same sex marriage. I do think Obama's leadership on this issue this year played a part in the results in four states where referenda on same sex marriage was also being voted on. Show More Summary

Republican minority voting suppression tactics will hopefully end after 2012...

Further to recent revelations about forcing voters to show government issued photo ID in certain Republican-controlled U.S. states this election, let's look at another Republican tactic in this campaign: cancelling or cutting down on early voting, taking away opportunities to vote ahead of election day. Show More Summary

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