Sunday, May 8, 2011

How the Liberals Have to Face the Next Four Years

By now, it's pretty obvious to a lot of people that the party formerly called the "Canada's natural governing party" (though it's not the most successful in the Western World, that title goes to Fianna Fail in Ireland, which experienced a similar fate this year as well) is in a rough spot. Down to their lowest share of the vote and seat count ever in their history, they have may have a lot of room to grow but little right now to actually expand with. Despite having a very qualified caucus, we don't have many leadership prospects - indeed, while Bob Rae, Dom LeBlanc, and others, are all very well meaning individuals, they either have baggage or inexperience that may hamper the Liberal Party's ability to bounce back, at least anytime soon.

However, we can't listen to someone like Angelo Persichilli, who I'm seriously considering to be one of the worst columnists out there (alongside Brian Lilley), who have called on the old party elites and strategists to step in and right the ship again. We of course need their experience to rebuild, but it's obvious at this point that somewhere along the line, their path led us to this. We're facing an entirely new situation here with different players than what we had in the 1990's, or even the '00's. A new path must be forged.

So, very simply, Liberals have to deal with their renewal under a Harper majority and an NDP Layton/Mulcair-led opposition with new ideas in mind, new faces to put out there, and a new raison d'etre for Canadians to believe in. Essentially, the Liberals have to start creating a renewed sense of self among the caucus, leadership, and membership; we have to clearly stake out what it is we stand for, both of our own accord and of course in opposition to the Reformatories and the Bloc NDP. When we start believing that this party stands for something again, not only something as specific as the environment or education or whatever, but something all-encompassing, a Liberal way of moving Canadians forward, then we can re-invigorate our base, attract Canadians to our party, and quite plainly, wipe each of those fuckers off the face of the electoral map - again.

But this has already all been said. In fact, it's almost common now, and the posts done by people like CalgaryGrit, Happy Wanderer, Far and Wide, even Kinsella and CuriosityCat, all in their different ways nail what needs to be done on the head. I don't agree with everything they've said, and I think some of the outcry over the interim leadership and the eventual race to replace Iggy is fighting over a house as the place burns down - but their ideas are was the membership and the party leaders need to follow. It's going to be our ideas that move this party forward.

And that's how the Liberals have to face the next four years - towards us. Towards the members, the bloggers, the thinkers, the former leaders, the new leaders, the current caucus, the past caucus, the elders, the rookies, everyone and anyone that has a idea must come forward and the Liberals need to listen. Only after we do, then can we find our niche, and how we can win again. It's inward we need to look for now, and when the time comes, we can go back out to Canadians and ask for their vote. If we do it right, they may just give it back to us.


  1. Is anyone stressing ethics and honesty, now that lying and cheating and forging documents is the new normal that is totally accepted, even promoted and cheered for by the electorate?

  2. You're too late. The whole thing has already dissolved into the 'fun' of a leadership cock-fight.

    No one wants to do the scut work, they all want to position themselves behind the next big guy.

    Constitutionalists, those who favour amendments, Rae-backers, Anybody but Rae backers all going at it just like before. The whole sad sack of renewal just got thrown out the window. Too bad.

  3. IJ,

    What do you think we fought the election on?


    I don't believe that. There are leadership battles that have to occur, as different visions of the party begin to clash. This is about the future of the Liberal Party, after all, and anyone still interested wants to put forward their vision. Thus, they will. It's not petty, it's needed.