1 Anxious Liberal

The Contributions to the Fall of the Liberal Party
May 25, 2011, 10:07 am
Filed under: Democratizing the Liberal Party

1. The Martin Campaign’s decision to exclude, as much as possible, new party members in 2003.  It worked great for their campaign; it was a long-term mistake for the party.  It prevented new members from entering who then help shape party renewal at policy conventions.

2. The Martin Campaign’s attempts to eliminate all potential leadership opponents.  Liberal MPs were actually told that only MPs in ridings that elected 100% Martin delegates would be considered for any appointments.  Preventing new members prevented party renewal; pushing out opponents prevented the grooming of potential candidates to replace Paul Martin.  And that’s exactly what happened in the next leadership race – there were no candidates that large sections of the party could really, really warm up to.

3. The Purge that took place after Martin won.  To be clear, all new leaders do this.  Trudeau did it, Turner did it and Chretien did it too.  But former leaders did it where it was necessary; where someone could be an asset and would clearly be loyal they were kept.  But the Martin Camp got giddy with their purge and pushed out all sorts of people who would clearly be loyal to Martin and could win ridings for the Liberals.  Those ridings are no longer Liberal.  I think a decade of being the runt of the litter made these people explode once it was their turn to run the party.  It was sheer madness.

4. The Gomery Inquiry!  Absolutely nothing productive or useful resulted from that inquiry.  Nothing.  All it did was taint the Liberal Party.

5. Disloyalty to Dion.  All leaders face disloyalty and how they handle it demonstrates their leadership abilities.  But the disloyalty to Dion was of a particular kind that was ruinous to the Liberal Party.  You see, those who were disloyal to Dion in most cases felt justified because Dion was a mistake.  These people did everything they could to undermine Dion so that the mistake could then be fixed.  And the reason they thought it was a mistake was because the establishment of the Party never supported Dion in his successful leadership bid.  It was the grassroots who put Dion into power and it was the grassroots, in the opinion of our precious establishment, that made the mistake.  All their disloyalty was doing was trying to fix the mistake.

6.  Ignatieff, but enough said on that.


Marc Garneau
May 13, 2011, 8:49 am
Filed under: Democratizing the Liberal Party

Marc Garneau is the wrong guy to be interim leader.

Yes To Merger, But …
May 12, 2011, 9:11 am
Filed under: Democratizing the Liberal Party

I’m in favour of merger discussions.  The only thing is Rae wants to merge with the wrong party.  Liberals should merge with the Green Party … or do a hostile take over of all of their reasonable environmental policies.  Add to that being firmly progressive on social issues, but not radical, and moderate on economic issues, with policies ranging from centre-left to centre-right, and you have the start of rebuilding the Liberal Party and brand.  Heck, if there is an actual merger you can call the new party the Green Liberal Party of Canada for all I care.  I do not, however, agree with merging with the NDP.

Damage To Liberal Party
May 11, 2011, 9:08 am
Filed under: Democratizing the Liberal Party

The Ignatieff camp did more damage to the Liberal Party than many realize.  When Dion was leader there were deliberate efforts to undermine Liberal support in several by-elections, with the hope being it would undermine Dion’s leadership.  Sure, there were all sorts of other ways that these people undermined Dion, but these particular actions have had a long running impact.  Outremont was one of those by-elections.  And Dion’s hand picked candidate was defeated by the NDP’s Thomas Mulcair.

Now, some will argue that the Liberals would have lost that by-election even if everyone in the Ignatieff camp had been supportive.  Maybe.  But there were some who cheered that we lost that riding.  And that riding was the beach head that helped the orange wave sweep through the province this election and reduce the Liberals to third party status – and perhaps secured the replacement of the Liberals by the NDP as the dominant progressive voice in Canada.

I’m glad Ignatieff is gone.

That’s Why I Quit
May 10, 2011, 11:52 am
Filed under: Democratizing the Liberal Party

I’m not sure whether I agree with the rules laid out by the National Executive for the leadership race (and de facto for the interim leader).  However, one thing that is obvious is that they are trying to make things as difficult as possible for Bob Rae.  The rule truth about Igantieff’s appointment to the top job last time was that the elites of the party establishment had already decided that among the three candidates Ignatieff was the obvious choice so why waste time with an actual race.  And besides, maybe the grassroots will make a ‘mistake’ … again.  This time they are less obvious about it, but they still want to make sure Bob Rae doesn’t win.  Who cares what the grassroots thinks about any of this.  Right?  I’m sick of this crap from the Liberals.  That’s why I quit.

Rise Up Grassroots!
May 6, 2011, 12:00 pm
Filed under: Democratizing the Liberal Party

I like this, I REALLY like this:

I joined the party because of renewal, here we sit five years later, still talking. But, that’s the past, we needed to get decimated before everyone understood. Torn down, there’s nothing left to shelter reality, I’m convinced now we can rebuild this, just listen to the right voices, still old agendas around.

What I don’t like, however, is the Liberal elites deciding whether there should be a new leader now or later.  Who are they to decide?  They have learned nothing!  They gave us a leader without our say before, and now they do this?  Consult with the membership and ask us what we think.  Afterall, it is the GRASSROOTS who shall decide!

Rise up, grassroots.  Rise up!

Denis Coderre?!!?
May 6, 2011, 7:27 am
Filed under: Democratizing the Liberal Party

So apparently Wayne Easter is floating the idea of becoming leader of the Liberal Party.  He doesn’t speak french but apparently that can be mitigated by appointing Denis Coderre as Deputy Leader.  Perhaps not being able to speak french should disqualify Easter from becoming leader, we’ll see about that.  But wanting to appoint Denis Coderre as Deputy Leader definitely should disqualify him!