Okay Liberal Party of Canada, you obviously haven't figured out where you went off course, why Canadians snubbed you at the ballot box. Every newspaper I pick up is filled with stories and quotes from Liberal party members and seniors within the party, all grasping at straws trying to identify the mistakes so they won't be repeated.
Of course not everything I read is wrong, you're getting close...but you're not quite there yet. Allow me to explain it to you simply okay, that way you'll have no excuse when we go to the polls again.
So, how do you like my tone? The thinly veiled condescension?
You don't? Good!!! Because then you're on the right track. Nobody likes the smug..."I know best" attitude the Liberal party has come to represent.
Now let's talk about the private sector, where most Canadians work. Have you ever worked at a company where the powers that be bring in someone from outside to oversee operations? You know what that does to morale, no matter how qualified the new guy is. Usually he has to fire a few people to establish himself, let the minions know who's boss.
Well...that's pretty much what you did with Michael Ignatieff. Rather than letting party members elect a leader, you imposed one. Don't get me wrong, I think you made a wise choice...but its a choice that should have been made by party members, not senior party officials.
And now I'm reading that some within LPC ranks are pondering doing the same thing again...not very smart guys.
Of course the Conservatives jumped all over Ignatieff's resumé, especially with most of it being from outside the country. Even Rick Mercer took his shot saying on his blog:
Michael Ignatieff really wants to be Prime Minister. Of that there is no doubt. In fact, he is so committed to the idea of running Canada, he moved here to do it. Which I think is a good thing because as a nation I don't think we're completely comfortable with the notion of a Prime Minister living in Massachusetts.
The political landscape has changed, the Liberals are no longer Canada's natural governing party, that's reality and you'd better wake up to it. If you want Canadians to vote for your candidates, you're going to have to earn that support. That means firstly treating your own members with respect and obeying your own rules when it comes to selecting your next leader.
And on a final note...don't expect Canadians to jump right into the sack, no matter how well you choose your next leader. You're going to have to earn our trust first.
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