I thought there were two stories coming out of the Prime Minister's speech:
1) his continued attempt to rebrand the party as "Canada's Party" or "The Party of Canada"; and
2) Senate reform (reading between the lines, I think he's gearing up to start appointing folks and maybe have them pledge to resign after eight).
Laureen Harper was excellent and very likable.
In the "Who gets the prime speaking gigs?" roundup, Shelly Glover and Steven Fletcher were the Manitobans on the stage last night.
I always tell people, "Stand at the back of the room," during these things and sure enough, I was fortunate enough to speak with both the Finance Minister Jim Flahrety and Public Safety Minister Peter Van Loan (who had a big honking elephant mascot escorting him on the floor).
The Suites (in order of my attendance):
1) Don Plett - the largest room, the nicest spread (
2) Jim Flaherty - Only did a walk through on my way to locate some folks. Didn't return prior to shut down.
3) The Canadian Jewish Council - Packed room, free bar, lots of VIPs. I returned several times and this was the one that I walked out of last at the end of the night.
4) Peter Van Loan - little slow at times, one free drink, picked up as the night went on and I came back after leaving the first time.
Overall, not a bad start to the weekend. Time to go see what trouble I can get into today.
* - Yes Anon, it was in fact those type of mussels. I could always blame spellcheck for giving me the wrong option, but who am I kidding, I just brain farted while rushing to type.