Wednesday, February 01, 2006
Since the election there has been a significant amount of media and blog activity surrounding the state of the Liberal party and its future. That speculation has increased with the recent announcements by Manley, McKenna and now Tobin that they will not be entering the Liberal leadership race. While at Next Face we are, at times, bewildered, we can't help but sense that the rhetoric on the web and on the news borders on an hysteria not seen for generations. But with the recent Christmas election garnering 103 seats and a stronghold in Vancouver, Montreal, Toronto and Atlantic Canada, the panic should be tempered with an understanding that while the Liberal party was indeed sent a message, it is not dead. It was reminded that to continue as the natural ruling party of Canada, it needs to tend to some housecleaning. In spite of the recent indiscretions that have plagued the party, the Liberals have watched over the nation with a strong fiscal policy and have handed over to the alliance of conservatives a robust economy and a prosperous nation.
Notwithstanding the setback, this is a party with a strong legacy.
What is needed at this time is brevity. Brevity and a manifesto. While Next Face has attempted to provide the reader with brevity (and irreverence) in the face of the hysteria, what we lack is a manifesto. A manifesto born not from the 'inside' but from a voice of reason and passion and sufficient distance that it could provide an impartial view of issues as they have unfolded and continue to unfold before us.
Next Face is poised to launch that manifesto with hopes that it can set the party on a course of action designed to strengthen, unite and perhaps reinvent the Liberal party of Canada, and in doing so, rally and bind a nation.
A modest task? We should say not.
Look for the Next Face Manifesto over the next 24 hours.