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.