Does the Liberal Party Have to Lose in Order to Win?
The Hill Times recently published an interesting editorial, very similar incidentally to a posting her at MLW by Harold Jansen, titled, Ignatieff’s committing political euthanasia - If a party has to commit political suicide to defend its credibility, it means there’s not much of it left in the party. In the article Andelo Persichilla comments:
I see two major problems afflicting the Liberals. First is their evident desire to get back into government too soon and at all costs. Second, the divisions within their ranks.
When ambitions are not met with substance, ridicule steps in. Shortcuts like Stéphane Dion’s coalition last year or Ignatieff’s kamikaze vote like last week’s will take the Liberals nowhere. Canadians are tired of experiments and acts of faith for people who still have to show their leadership. And this takes me to the second reason why the Liberals are in this comatose status: they are divided and they don’t trust each other (and I’m tempted to use the verb “hate”).
I agree with Harold’s and Andelo’s positions, before the Liberal Party can even think about governing again, it must accept it’s losses at the polls and rebuilt the party from the ground up. The Liberals can only do that if they focus on being an effective opposition, rather than being the next government in waiting - with their eager fingers on the election trigger. Whether they actually have to “throw” the next election (doubtful!), or step back and focus on themselves (rather than the Conservatives) is the next step to getting this country back to stable majority governments.
However, the biggest question Liberals have to ask themselves, is Micheal Ignatieff the man to accomplish this careful rebuilding of the Liberal Party?