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Hospitality Sweet

One of the more social elements of a Leadership Convention is the ‘Hospitality Suite’.   On the eve before the vote, candidates host parties to bring people together, entertain and persuade.  I visited all four parties last night and took careful notes.  I’m hoping to develop a scientific analysis of the events and prove that there is a correlation between party style and vote results.  I won’t know until later today, but here are a few possibilities:

1) If vote result is tied to altitude, than Peter Tabuns will win today’s vote.  While Michael Prue and Andrea Horwath hosted their parties in the basement of the Sheraton Hotel, and Gilles Bisson was on the 3rd floor, Peter Tabuns was ahead of the pack with a party on the 16th floor.  Prediction: Andrea and Michael drop off early, Peter beats Gilles on the final ballot.

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2) If vote result is tied to music, then Andrea is the clear winner. Andrea’s party was the only one with live music (and dancing).  Michael Prue comes in second with a DJ, who I interviewed and was told that he tried to find music that would appeal to a diverse, inter-generational  crowd.  Gilles and Peter drop off the first ballot.  Andrea beats Michael on the second.

salt3) If the vote is related to variety and quantity of drinks, Michael Prue will be the next leader of our party.  With a large open bar, custom home-made wine and beer, and a lot of happy drinkers, the victory is clear.  Gilles comes in second, with a smaller open bar, but attention to detail (including celery salt for a Ceasars).  Peter comes in third.  Andrea drops off the first ballot, with the only cash bar.prue-bar1

4) If the vote is somehow linked to stamina, our next leader is Gilles Bisson.  Peter Tabuns was the first to call it a night (although his party kept going quite late).  Andrea was the second to retire.  Both Michael and Gilles outlasted the others by about two hours.  All parties were still going at midnight, when hotel staff began responding to noise complaints.  They shut down Tabuns’ party first (see photo) and then moved on to put a lid on the Bisson-fest.  Gilles’ party was now over but he still seemed full of energy.  I proposed to him that he could keep partying downstairs with Prue.  We headed off together and bumped into Prue, who had just left his party (see photo).  Gilles and I proceeded to the basement and he seemed to have a great time talking to both Andrea’s and Michael’s supporters.  noise1gilles-and-michael

In the end, Michael’s party went the latest.  But Gilles was the last candidate standing. Does this mean he’ll be the last candidate standing at the end of today’s vote?  Not necesarily.  Clearly it will depend on how much weight voters place on other important things such as floor altitude, beverages and dancing.

2 Comments»

  Chris Tindal wrote @

Are you trying to make me wish I was there? If so, success.

You guys have some pretty good people in this race. My choice and my prediction is Peter Tabuns (aka altitude).

  Anita wrote @

What a great post. love the analysis – fun and witty!


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