I must admit, I have been fascinated with Ruth Ellen Brosseau ever since the election, when she rode the Orange Wave to power in Berthier-Maskinongé despite having never visited the rural Quebec riding and speaking very little French. There was also that whole Vegas thing, but hey, as long as she didn’t bet on the election, I don’t hold it against her.
Well actually, yes I do. Never have I seen such an unqualified candidate for office–and yet, she’s a total knockout! Lately, I’ve found myself scanning through French-language stories about food banks in Trois-Rivières just to see what outfit she’s wearing. And I gotta say, I usually prefer blondes, but I think she looks better with her dye job, effectively erasing the memory of that awkward, mugshot-style photo that made the rounds during her Vegas vacation.
That said, there’s been little news on the R.E. front of late. In fact, half of the time she comes up in my Google News subscription, it’s a story about how some local organization is inviting her to their event–without any pictures of their MP. And while I still keep an eye out, I’ve resigned myself to the fact that I won’t be seeing much of her unless I move to Louiseville. After her highly-publicized debut, the NDP has largely kept her under wraps in the House of Commons, saving her for special occasions. She’s also been notably absent from the party’s leadership debate, aside from the occasional local interview where she’s stated that she hasn’t picked a side.
Speaking of which, while I voted for Olivia last time, I’m not overly interested in the race to replace her husband. Or at least I wasn’t before today. Enter Niki Ashton, the ninth entrant in the NDP sweepstakes. The 29-year-old Churchill MP is the youngest candidate and just the second female in the running. She survived a plane crash, speaks fluent English, French, Spanish and Greek, and comes from an established Manitoba political family–her dad’s a provincial cabinet minister. Not only that, but she totally rocks the sexy librarian look. Even the way she spells her name is hot.
Now, I’m not about to go out and become a card-carrying commie or anything, but let’s just say that the NDP leadership race just got a lot more interesting. I’m setting up a new Google News alert as we speak…