Don Valley West
On Sunday afternoon this weekend, Liberals in Don Valley West choose their candidate for the next election. This race has been a source of intense interest for partisans in Toronto ever since the popular and well-liked MP, John Godfrey, announced before Christmas that he wouldn't be running again. It's popular, naturally, because the winning candidate has a pretty good shot at becoming an MP.
For a while there, it looked like the field would be very crowded with candidates, but in recent days, it's narrowed down to just five. The field got significantly smaller this week when Deborah Coyne withdrew from the race. Coyne is a constitutional expert, who twice ran against Jack Layton in Toronto-Danforth for the Liberals. She's also the mother of the late Pierre Trudeau's only daughter, born in 1991.
I mention that bit about Trudeau because not many people noticed that the 16-year-old Sarah Coyne actually made what I believe are her first comments to the media recently, talking to CP's Joan Bryden about her mom's campaign in Don Valley West. Sarah Coyne was explaining to Bryden that she didn't like the way the race was being fought with dubious membership sales.
"It makes me want to be more involved because I feel like there should be a change made if this kind of thing is going on," she said. (The complaints about the race may also explain why Coyne is out of it.) Here's a copy of the full story, as it appeared on the Macleans web site.
Back to Don Valley West and the Sunday meeting.
Coyne threw her support to Rob Oliphant, a United Church minister who was also an adviser to Michael Ignatieff's leadership campaign. Actually, it's looking like a pretty spirited contest between Oliphant and former Liberal MP Sam Bulte. Other candidates include Jonathan Mousley, a senior economist with the Ontario government, Ian Cameron, a seniors' advocate, and Mohammad Ijaz, a local business person.
UPDATE (March 3): Rob Oliphant, the United Church minister and former Ignatieff adviser, won the race to be the next Liberal candidate in Don Valley West.