Friday, February 23, 2007

We have a horse race!

I posted a few days ago about the the search for Canada's greatest entrepreneur of all time - and how someone was stuffing the ballot box for the McCain brothers. I also announced my vote for BC builder and salesman extraordinaire Jimmy Pattison.

The good news is that things are starting to work out. The McCains are down from 39% support to 24%, which is a sign either that market forces are working or that the organizers are dealing with the hanging chad issue.

Better still, Jim Pattison has charged into second place, at 16%. My sentimental favourite, the hugely deserving Max Ward, has slipped to third place, with 8%.

Also mounting a late charge: Alexander Graham Bell, at 7%. Isn't this fun? (Last summer I took my kids to visit his house in Brantford. Another "oh no, not another field trip, dad," that the kids ended up enjoying immensely. They have the first phone there. Go see it. )

The updated standings (as of midnight Thursday) are below. Click on the names for thumbnail bios of each candidate. And act soon: voting closes midnight Monday (Feb. 26).

Paul Desmarais Sr. - 3% vote
Ken Thomson - 7% vote
Frank Stronach - 4% vote
Max Ward - 8% vote
Ted Rogers - 4% vote
Joseph-Armand Bombardier - 3% vote
Alexander Graham Bell - 7% vote
Terry Matthews - 1% vote
Timothy Eaton - 2% vote
Frank Sobey - 1% vote
Jim Balsillie and Mike Lazaridis - 4% vote
Izzy Asper - 4% vote
Samuel Bronfman - 1% vote
Galen Weston - 1% vote
Conrad Black - 1% vote
Ron Joyce - 3% vote
Roy Thomson - 2% vote
Harrison and Wallace McCain - 24% vote
Kenneth Colin (K.C.) Irving - 4% vote
Jim Pattison - 16% vote

Hint: If you have more than one e-mail address, you can vote more than once.
No ballot-stuffing, please.

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