Wednesday, June 27, 2012


A former senior policy adviser to former Liberal Premier Clyde Wells is seeking the leadership of the Liberal Party of Canada!

57 year old Deborah Coyne is offering “bold, principled” national leadership on important public policy questions.

Coyne will bring some unflinching honesty, straight-talk, transparency and accountability to national politics. She would make a fine leader of leader of the Liberal Party.

If you are interested in her perspective, you might want to read an article she published in 2010. It is a stimulating piece on the fractious state of national governance in Canada calling on more citizen engagement in the nations politics. Her website, is full of of her vision for the country.

Coyne is a university professor, constitutional  lawyer and author. She ran for the Liberal Party in 2006 against Jack Layton in Toronto-Danforth.

The mother of former Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau’s only daughter could be in the race against Trudeau’s oldest son. Justin Trudeau, MP for Papineau has been touted as a potential leadership candidate. 


Wm. Murphy said...

So that means the daughter of Pierre Trudeau, will have to choose between her brother, or her mother!

Peter L. Whittle said...

Be careful, Ed might take offense to that. He went ballistic earlier this year when I re-posted a Toronto Star story on Trudeau's "lost Daughter".

Wanted an apology and everything!

Ed earned his paper cuts and some of that so called senior management experience clipping articles for Coyne when she worked for Wells.

I suppose she will be courting that "proven" track record with Debbie Hanlon and who was that lawyer who was going to seek the leadership of the libs last fall.

"Just society" said...


Pat said...

Too bad media is concentrating on the Trudeau's daughter dimension of this.

Ms. Coyne is an accomplished woman, a graduate of Oxford in international relations and law. She comes from a line of prestigious lawyers in Ontario.

Justin Trudeau was a drama teacher and dropout from a Masters program in Environmental management.

The question becomes as the Liberals seek their new Messiah, do they want style over substance?

"Hollett...clipping articles for Coyne..." Excellent!

Anonymous said...

She has a history of announcing her candidacy and withdrawing.

Time will tell if she stays in this race. Flighty comes to mind.....

Peter L. Whittle said...

I had some really good interactions with her in 1989-90. She would make a really good candidate, and leader. Smart, sharp, educated, passionate.

I have been following her writings for the past twenty years.

I hope the Trudeau dynamic does not overshadow what she brings to the table.

Follow some of my links. She has real substance. A rare quality in politicians today

Wm. Murphy said...

Ah yes the things one will do when gathering OVER 20 years of senior management experience.

Would love for you to dig up the ballistic exchange.

Peter L. Whittle said...

I suppose it depends on what you call senior management and how you judge success.,-Canada

The AG wrote an interesting report on the Newfoundland and Labrador Legacy Nature Trust in 2005.

The government ended up requesting $500,000 back from the trust for another environmental organization.

Peter L. Whittle said...

Check this out:

Friday, November 26, 2010 3:32:00 PM GMT-03:30

"I am going to ask you to remove it entirely. It's pretty clear the Star ignored Sarah's wish to remain private and you should too. "

Wm. Murphy said...

That is better than Master Card.....Priceless!

I wonder how Ed made out concerning his request to the Star to pull the article? His paper clipping runs deeper than I thought.

Thiago daLuz said...

I have two friends who are lawyers in Newfoundland and are following this very closely. I didn't realize how big of a deal it was until they explained it to me. Hope things work out for the best.