Who will be the next face of the Liberal Party of Canada?
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Today in the Toronto Star a microcosm of the two issues - the two solitudes - that face the Liberal party over the next few months.
Deborah Coyne writes about opportunity, in Wanted: A Party WIth A Vision Coyne is right in suggesting that there is a Federal vision vacuum, and that the 2008 federal election "...failed miserably to excite Canadians..."
If ever there was an opportunity to captivate and inspire Canadians, it would be now and it could be achieved with a stronger more motivated and visible (where are you Mr. Harper, and can you buy a vision?) national government.
Next, Linda Diebel, writes of the all but concluded Liberal leadership race (Igantieff on the 1st ballot?) and the empty Liberal coffers in Buckets of Blood and Empty Coffers; a headline too severe for our tastes, yes? Here Rae is portrayed as the clear underdog, needing to "...change the channel (on the leadership race)..." to have any chance at catching MI.
Need we remind all that MI led in the first three ballots in December of 2006? Clearly the front runner, there was no appetite then to put him over the top.
What has changed? Was Harper's second minority enough to bring the delegates together and put MI over the top? Is Rae's correct when he suggests that this thing is far from over?
Image is a sketch by Barbara Swan - Two Solitudes. 1966