Saturday, October 18, 2008

I agree with former Premier Bernard Lord

Former Premier Bernard Lord hit the nail on the head in the Times and Transcript this morning with regards to the federal Liberal party:
"I think the Liberal party of Canada has some serious issues in rebuilding. It's not just the question of the leader, and if they think their issues are only because of St├ęphane Dion, I think they are missing a part of the big picture," said Lord, noting the party's struggles in Western Canada and Quebec.

"The fact is, they are completely not there in some parts of Canada."
I'll even elaborate a little further in saying, if they [Liberals] don't address their party divisions and lack of vision through a policy and rebuilding process, much like the New Brunswick PC party failed to do recently, then they are destined to make the same mistakes over and over again no matter who's at the helm. And yes, that even includes Frank McKenna, who btw, has little to no experience leading a party who doesn't hold all or most of the seats. Good luck with that.

Anyway, it could be just me, but the Liberals appear to still be in a serious state of denial to their overall political situation federally.


It would seem Globe & Mail columnist Jeffrey Simpson agrees with both Lord & I. Not only that, he sees the Liberal coalition built in the 70s as a total non-factor: "The coalition that sustained Pierre Trudeau has largely vanished. No more Quebec. No more industrial Ontario. No more swaths of support in Western Canada." As Gerry Nicholls would say, "The Trudeau Empire has fallen and it can't get up."

Even morer

Peter C Newman: "Lester Pearson understood that allowing a new generation to take over was the cure for what ailed the Liberals, even if it meant being displaced, eight years later, by the Phantom of the Canadian Opera, Pierre Trudeau."

This is exactly what the Liberals need to do, and it's exactly what the PCs under Clark and Reform party under Manning did when they handed over important portfolios to budding young superstars like Peter Mackay, Stephen Harper, Monte Solberg, Chuck Strahl, Jason Kenney, John Herron, Scott Brison, Keith Martin, Rahim Jaffer, Grant McNally, Jim Pankiw, etc.

It's funny b/c I remember telling a colleague of mine in Ottawa around the year 2001 about the fact the Liberals had no new blood coming up through the system. Not on the party executive, not amongst staff, none in the caucus. Near the end of the Chretien era, they were a stalled entity. And now they are seriously hurting because of it.


At Oct 18, 2008, 11:32:00 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

You think the PC's don't have a shot against Shawney boy?

At Oct 18, 2008, 5:38:00 PM , Blogger Iain G. Foulds said...

... Nbt, it's good to have you back.
... I am hoping that you might re-print your reasons why a minority is in the Conservative party's favour.

At Oct 19, 2008, 10:45:00 AM , Anonymous manny said...

Libs lost a lot of money when Harper banned corporate donations to parties. This changed the face of Canadian politics, yet was not discussed in campaign.

At Oct 19, 2008, 11:39:00 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

and if they think Frank McKenna can save them they are in really bad shape as they should be. I don't think McKeena will get in the race though because of his corporate involvment and the fact he works for one of the banks that has cuased the economic problems in the U.S.

At Oct 20, 2008, 10:27:00 AM , Anonymous nbt said...

Ha! Ha! Maybe I will, Iain.

At Oct 23, 2008, 10:31:00 AM , Blogger Rob said...

budding superstars like landslide rahim?

Besides that, what is the average age of the Tory caucus vs. the Liberal caucus? I'd give the over/under at ~5 years younger on the CPC side.

At Oct 24, 2008, 11:50:00 AM , Blogger atlanticaparty said...

We just linked to your blog in our new blog Avalon.

At Oct 27, 2008, 9:52:00 AM , Anonymous nbt said...

But there is a lot of youth still waiting in the wings in the CPC. I think you can thank the "no youth wing" Alliance/Reform party for that.

The old way of having a youth wing (like the PCs and Liberals) seems to marginalize new blood and keeps the status quo on generational politicos like Trudeau, Mackay, et al.

in other words, individuals not born into politics feel the have less of a shot. Manning changed this by opening the doors to the grassroots and eliminating age barriers. It's paying off today.

At Oct 27, 2008, 9:53:00 AM , Anonymous nbt said...

Thanks Atlantica.


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