Less than a week into the campaign, Liberal Leader Kathleen Wynne’s bus already has a nickname: the Wynnebago.
— Adrian Morrow (@AdrianMorrow) May 5, 2014
The moniker, thought up by CBC reporter Genevieve Tomney, was approved unanimously by the media pack covering the campaign Wednesday.
Naming the buses and planes that ferry leaders around during elections has a long tradition in this country. Memorable additions include Stockwell Day’s ride in his 2000 effort, which was derailed in part by the then-Canadian Alliance Leader’s controversial religious beliefs, dubbed “Prayer Force One.”
In the 2011 provincial election, when Andrea Horwath’s NDP fed reporters nothing but peanuts during a 14-hour trip through the North, they called her plane “Air Cannibal.”
The Globe’s Kaleigh Rogers, who is covering the NDP Leader’s current effort, reports there is no official name for the bus yet, but some have been kicking around “Easy Rider.”
— Kaleigh Rogers (@KaleighRogers) May 7, 2014
The epithet refers in part to the relaxed pace Ms. Horwath has been setting and the abundance of food her staff has been providing – no doubt in compensation for the 2011 debacle. It could also be taken to refer to Ms. Horwath’s relatively light policy agenda.
Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak’s bus, likewise, hasn’t been officially named. Globe editor Peter Scowen suggested on Twitter that it be called the “Dodge Caravan” after the Tory Leader’s penchant for sticking to script, no matter what reporters ask.
— Sean Mallen (@SMallenGlobal) May 7, 2014
No word on whether it will stick.