Brison backs Rae; Martha to Dion
[PoliticsWatch updated 10:15 a.m. December 2, 2006]
Second ballot voting is under way at the Liberal leadership
convention in Montreal and Bob Rae's support is expected to
Rae has secured the support of two of the three candidates who
dropped off after the first ballot.
First ballot results
Michael Ignatieff: 1,412 votes, 29.3 per cent
Bob Rae: 977 votes, 20.3 per cent
Stephane Dion: 856 votes, 17.8 per cent
Gerard Kennedy: 854 votes, 17.7 per cent
Ken Dryden: 238 votes, 4.9 per cent
Scott Brison: 192 votes, 4 per cent
Joe Volpe: 156 votes, 3.2 per cent
Martha Hall Findlay: 130 votes, 2.7 per cent
On Friday evening, Liberal MP Joe Volpe announced he and his
supporters would be joining Team Rae. And early on Saturday morning
Liberal MP Scott Brison said he was going to support Rae
After the first ballot, the second-place Rae trailed frontrunner
Michael Ignatieff. Ignatieff had 1,412 votes, that was 435 votes
ahead of Rae who won 977 votes.
Both Volpe and Brison had a combined 348 votes on the first
If Rae were to gain all the two men's supporters he would be within
100 votes of Ignatieff after the second ballot.
However, PoliticsWatch convention insiders within four of the camps
have noted that delegates view themselves as free agents and won't
necessarily follow their respective first ballot choices to another
While Volpe joined up with Rae, the Ignatieff people were proud to
note that Volpe's campaign manager, Nick Discepola, joined
PoliticsWatch's insider with the Ignatieff camp said that another
Volpe delegate, former agriculture minister Bob Speller, has
also joined Team Ignatieff.
And there are also rumblings on the floor that Liberal MP Sukh
Dhaliwal, who left Volpe's campaign earlier to join Ignatieff,
is trying to woo over a number of Volpe's B.C.
Meanwhile, Stephane Dion received a boost to his campaign
when Martha Hall Findlay announced she was backing the former
intergovernmental affairs minister.
Hall Finlay has 130 delegates, which should help Dion who held on to
third place two votes ahead of Gerard Kennedy.
The big story overnight was Ignatieff's failure to crack the 30 per
cent mark on the first ballot.
But on Saturday morning, Iganatieff told reporters that a number of
his delegates did not vote.
PoliticsWatch's Ignatieff insider said the problem stems with a
number of Quebec alternate delegates who decided to skip the first
ballot vote after waiting in line for hours to upgrade their
membership from alternate to full delegate.
"His team calculated two maybe three per cent of supporters didn't
vote and that's why it was 29 not in the 30s," said the
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