The Liberal Party of Canada is a mess and we will all suffer by having our country’s most successful party in near shambles.
Liberal areas of the country are shrinking; they have avid supporters only in the Maritimes, Montreal and Toronto, making them less than a national party.
Canada’s biggest growth area is in the West, where Liberals barely have a pulse. More seats will be assigned to our booming West, meaning more seats for Tories.
As a result, the Liberals are being slowly strangled.
I don’t believe the Grits malaise has to do with policy, since we presently smothered in more feel-good programs than we can prudently manage. All we need is a steady leader and a government that handle our affairs pragmatically.
In brief, their current problems come from inept leadership and it all started with Paul Martin. In his defense, St. Paul seemed like a great idea at the time and I was happy the Liberals gave him a chance after the gruff Chretien retired.
And as a reluctant Tory, I was shocked when Harper beat prudent Paul.
Harper won because when the affable Martin emerged from Chretien’s prolific shadow, we found that we couldn’t connect with him.
He seemed to go from the heroic ‘debt slayer’ to a wishy-washy ditherer in no time. St. Paul seemed to be confused then dazed by events that overwhelmed him.
Looking back, I think it was Chretien’s management expertise that made Martin seem more brilliant than he really was. Sadly for Liberals, Paul was at his level of competence in Finance but was over his head and near drowning when given the big job. He was not a leader.
The Martin blunder wasn’t the end of the world because the Grits just needed to toss aside a clunker and get themselves a real leader. Enter, Stephane Dion (ugh)!
The Tory brain trust must have been salivating to have seen the Liberals elect this dweeb as leader. Looking back, the party faithful idiotically selected a guy that couldn’t speak basic English and someone that would have buried us all with usurious environmental taxes.
So, damaging policies, zero charisma, a failure to communicate and no leadership skills equals disaster. Are Liberals on stupid pills or what?
Following that fiasco, the Liberals then ‘anointed’ a guy who taught at Harvard for decades, essentially forsaking his native land. The fact they had the nerve to do this still amazes me; I mean if another party has anointed a man as comfortably American as Iggie, the Liberals and their faithful media minions would have drowned us all in outraged flag-draped hissy fits.
In crowning dour Iggie, they have chosen a guy who makes Harper seem effervescent and engaging by contrast. How could they be so dense?
The next plan?, I predict that when Iggie fails, they will crown Trudeau’s famous spawn Justin as leader. With his dad’s panache but his mother’s brains however, we’ll be in for another near decade of decent but unimaginative Tory rule.
So, Mr. Chretien…please come back, your party is clueless without you!
Tags: Liberals, Paul Martin, The Liberals