Back in June, we reported on the effort of Diane Abbott, Britain's first black female member of Parliament, to get on the ballot for leadership of the Labour Pary. While some observers scoffed at the prospect that the veteran back-bencher could beat out better financed candidates who had served in previous Labour governments, Abbott did succeed in becoming the only female candidate for Party leader on the ballot. Voting began September 1st and will continue through most of the month under a scheme that accords weight to individual party members, organizations, and MPs. The winner will be announced at the Party's national conference September 26-30.
UPDATE June 9: After the withdrawal of John Mc Donnell, Diane Abbott secured the 33 nominations needed to secure a spot on the ballot in the leadership elections this fall. News reports and blog reactions here:
Canadian politics are boring? Canadian politics are not sensational? Pshaw! The last week has certainly thrown that notion out the window. Yes, Canada's 40th Parliament is proving to be a doozy. It's only been in session since November 18 and we've already seen the potential for another election, the potential for a coalition government made up of the minority parties and a lot of yelling. Now none of that is happening (at least not yet) because our Governor General has agreed to the Prime Minister's request that Parliament be prorogued. Translation? Parliament has been shut down for seven weeks so that everyone can get their act together, the Conservatives can deliver a budget and then we'll all be back to square one and looking at a vote of non-confidence.
On January 25, 2008, Canada announced that it was introducing important and significant changes to its current policies and procedures for the signing of international agreements.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Maxime Bernier, announced:
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