Kelly McParland: Jodie Emery is articulate, intelligent and wants to run for the Liberals. Why is Trudeau so nervous?
Kelly McParland at the National Post says Jodie Emery is “articulate” and “intelligent”. Not a bad headline!
It hasn’t been confirmed, but early reports indicate several busloads of Conservative operatives were seen leaving the party war room in Ottawa early Tuesday, en route to support Jodie Emery’s push for the Liberal nomination in Vancouver East.
Not really. I made that up. But it wouldn’t be surprising if the federal Tories pulled out all stops to help Ms. Emery win the nomination and create one humdinger of a dilemma for Liberal leader Justin Trudeau.
By any rational measure, the Trudeau Liberals should be falling all over themselves to aid Ms. Emery, who comes across as attractive, articulate, experienced, media-friendly, intelligent, able and clearly willing. She has a great smile and she’s a woman candidate, which the Liberals want more of (as does every other party). Yet when Mr. Trudeau appeared in Vancouver on the weekend, Ms. Emery was there – as a SUN TV presenter archly noted, “in the very same place at the very same park at the very same barbecue” – yet somehow Mr. Trudeau managed to miss making her acquaintance. She has, she said, never met Mr. Trudeau, though she would like to. She finds him inspiring. She wants to “save Canada from further harm under Stephen Harper” and believes “in openness and accountability in government, and so does Justin Trudeau.”
Emery might make a dynamite candidate in Vancouver East, a riding now held by the NDP deputy leader Libby Davies. Ms. Davies won by a landslide in 2011, the Liberals placing a distant third. But most analysts expect a dogfight for votes between the Liberals and NDP in 2015, and tying down Ms. Davies in a tougher-than-usual battle wouldn’t do the Liberals any harm.
Read the rest at the National Post.