Ignatieff holds lead after second
ballot; Dryden joins Rae's corner
[PoliticsWatch updated 12:07 p.m. December 2, 2006]
Michael Ignatieff is hanging on to his lead in the Liberal
leadership convention after the second ballot, but Bob Rae is
Ken Dryden fell off the ballot and joined the Bob Rae campaign,
giving Rae more momentum again.
Second ballot results
Michael Ignatieff: 1,481 votes, 31.6 per cent
Bob Rae: 1,132 votes, 24.1 per cent
Stephane Dion: 974 votes, 20.8 per cent
Gerard Kennedy: 884 votes, 18.8 per cent
Ken Dryden: 219 votes, 4.7 per cent
But the biggest buzz on the convention floor this morning is about a
possible alliance between the Gerard Kennedy and Stephane
CTV News reported that Kennedy had agreed to join Dion's team after
the second ballot.
Shortly before the second ballot was announced, Kennedy and Dion met
on the middle of the convention floor to hug and shake hands,
prompting speculation of a deal happening.
But Kennedy quickly doused the speculation.
"There's no such arrangement," said Kennedy.
"We're both on the ballot, we're both intending to continue. I
would advise no one to draw any conclusions. I certainly intend to
stay in the race and win."
Not to be outdone, Rae and Ignatieff also held a brief meeting on
the convention floor before the second ballot results were
"I just said to him that friendship matters more than politics,"
Ignatieff told reporters after the meeting. "And we also said that we would work together in the next election."
PoliticsWatch's insider in the Ignatieff camp says the campaign is
worried and the next 20 minutes will be critical.
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