Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Update on the "Liberals for Democratic Renewal"

Thanks to commenter Adrian Ludwin for posting this link for the "Liberals for Democratic Renewal" blogspot website.

So, what is this all about? Apparently it is chaired by a guy named  John-Frederick Cameron. A cursory Google search nets you next to nothing about Mr. Cameron, though I'm pretty sure he's involved somehow with the first link. Going a little deeper into the search, you find out that he's actually on the board of the Oakville Federal Liberal Association as a Director, alongside his Ontario chair, Alan Johnston. I have probably met these gentlemen at some point, as I do remember the name Johnston. Same with the, erm, "Western chair," David Everitt, who is the OFLA's membership secretary, and the group's "Eastern chair," Jeff Fairley, who is another Director of OFLA. The only person who isn't in the OFLA near as I can tell is David Nobel, but I suspect he may be from the area.

So, let's get something straight here: this is a group of Oakville-area Liberals angry over the election results. I don't blame them, because if our collapse didn't happen, I'm pretty sure Max Khan would've been elected. Plus, we could've avoided all the other horrible stuff. But this, so far, isn't some mass uprising of Liberal activists, as the CBC made it out to be. Indeed, nor is it how they've made themselves out to be - read the first few lines of the caucus letter, and you'll be wondering like myself why an organization with riding-limited directors and less-than-a-full-slate of them to boot is probably not the biggest threat to the executive ever. No shortage of bravado, however.

This being said, they have an excellent policy resolution that makes general sense, even if their anger this time is just a little bit misdirected and over-the-top. That also being said, it's more than a little vague and lacks in a huge amount of substance or direction. But, their hearts are in the right place.

But, hey, CBC, don't make it out to be more than it is next time, OK?

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