How odd! I’ve been out of the loop while in Ottawa at the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations Lobbycon. I’ve been doing my best to follow what’s going on, and now I’m playing catch-up. Here are my random thoughts (from a distance) to date:
Neil Bailey is an impressive outsider candidate without a real insider opponent (yes, there’s Saulnier, but he’s not a sitting executive or much of a symbol of the old). He seems to have enough “stick it to the man” to be impressive to an outsider with enough relevant experience to impress insiders. Keep your eyes on this one, ladies and gents. It will be interesting to see where he stands on issues and how much he knows about the specifics of the job.
Chris Saulnier is showing off how organized he has been about this run, and has some good humour in his video (and Hannah Dahn’s, anyone catch that?). An 8 page platform is impressive, as well. As one of the few candidates I’ve been able to look at thoroughly, though, the resemblance to Shannon’s campaign site last year is overwhelming, and while I admire “Strong External Advocacy” as a key platform plank, I’m underwhelmed at its specificity. Still, I’ll reserve judgement there until I see the other platforms in full. In any case, Saulnier still gets two big thumbs up from me for his reference to graduate student issues in not one, but two areas of his platform.
A real poster, a video that (while frightening) speaks to real issues, a point form platform… Gregory Debogorski is easily running his most impressive campaign to date. I have to hand it to him, he actually sounds both coherent and competitive. If it wasn’t for Bailey (who I expect to mop up the outsider vote), I’d say he has a real shot. Still, I wouldn’t be surprised if he doubled his vote tally compared to the last election.
Rob Leforte is the guy to beat in the VP (Ed) race. Still, he’s going to have to play catch-up after a week at CASA, though he was at least able to launch his online presence from Ottawa. Outsiders won’t fault him for doing his job for two days of the campaign, but those are two days without class talks; how hard is Price hitting the campaign trail? Also, he has no video, which could hurt him badly among voters who aren’t familiar with the candidates. The video issue, I suspect, could create a very interesting dynamic if certain candidates don’t get them…
Speaking of Evan Price, he lays out his platform with very specific ideas (which Mike has covered here), though I’m not terribly impressed by them. Mike forgot to mention that we also already have a policy on uniform grading that doesn’t get snagged by the Faculty problem. On top of that, “proposing” 24 hour study space will get a prompt “no” before we move on. I’m also intrigued by 1) the lack of external issues, especially for a candidate with buckets of political experience, and 2) the fact that two of his issues are ones that Leforte is promoting as areas where he has made huge progress. Just some food for thought.
I still don’t know much about Karl Dempsey. His platform looks reasonable (albeit confusing at points) on the internal, but there’s nothing external, which is a huge part of the job. Beyond that, I’m not sure what to say. Sorry, guys.
The Vice President (Internal) race is still too much of a clusterfuck (pardon my french) for me to make anything of it. From what I’ve seen and heard so far, Kurin has a great platform but is still too quiet, Whitfield is a stellar campaigner if he doesn’t get himself disqualified, Blake is completely unremarkable in his online presence, and Hiltz should hire a new graphic designer. I’ll get more into this one later.
Hannah Dahn‘s race is still boring. Yes, despite the cameo in her video.
Two Senate candidates (both Ben Wedge and Carly Nicholson) have five point platforms. They’re well considered, and even seem to be relevant to the Senate. In Wedge’s case, he has a video that does an impressive job at making him look awkward (which he’s really not in person, oddly enough). Maggie Lovett appears to be taking the approach of teaching students about the Senate, which is a pretty reasonable approach for an obscure and meaningless (okay, slightly exaggerating) university body. Christian Browne looks impressively professional in advertisement (I’d say he beats any other candidate), but is less impressive in content.
That’s all for now. See you at the breakfast!