We can stop reading our tea leaves, Justin Trudeau is the new leader of the Liberal Party. He has brought huge numbers of new people into the Liberal tent, many of them are new to an interest in politics; many of them young people who have never ever voted. Quoting the Globe and Mail, from April 8th, “Team Trudeau has recruited tens of thousands of supporters who are loyal only to him, who signed on as supporters simply to vote for him. And the campaign is expected to donate nearly $1-million to party coffers beyond campaign expenses, finally bringing the Liberals into the modern age of political fundraising.”( found at: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/trudeaus-rise-brings-broken-liberal-party-back-together/article10840027/ )
Justin has just saved the Federal Liberal Party, but you would be hard pressed to see how he could return the Federal Liberals to their glory days while the Liberal brand is crumbling Provincially throughout the country. The Liberals of BC were already autonomous of the Federal Liberals, but even Christy Clark and the BC Liberals are going to lose in the present BC Provincial election. This is after inheriting the party from Gordon Campbell who betrayed BC voters imposing the unwanted HST on them. Ontario Liberals are going to go through a similar process as Ontarians learn of the emerging Auditor General reports reveal the shady dealing of former Liberal Leader Dalton McGinty’s cancelling of power plants to buy election seats in Oakville and Mississauga .
Meanwhile, perhaps not so coincidentally, the NDP held a party retreat the same weekend (to distract media attention away from the Liberals big weekend?) Mulcair’s popularity has held up and the NDP launched a campaign to let Canadians know just who Tom Mulcair is and then announced that last weekend retreat was the beginning of his campaign to win the election in 2015.
So as the popularity of the Liberals increases and even if the popularity of the NDP increases marginally, without a dramatic turn against Harper comes about, how do these two parties think that either one can gain a majority, or even defeat the Harper Conservatives. I can agree that Harper’s popularity in on a decline, but what are these two leaders thinking, there are only so many progressives in the country. Splitting the vote the Greens, and with Trudeau’s Liberals will all but destroy the hopes of the NDP to get into a winning position.
I personally want a bird in the hand, via Joyce Murray’s plan of party co-operation rather than having the 2 parties in the bushes slugging it out in a prideful attempt to take the power to themselves. It is evident that the NDP and the Liberals chose leaders that would be their best chance to win a election and power rather than one that would do what was necessary to save Canadians and Canada from Harper. Shame on you both if you don’t make preparations to enact a plan similar to that which Joyce Murray and Elizabeth May patriotically agreed to. These women are the true selfless heroines thinking out of our pathetic political status quo box.
And without co-operating to defeat Harper these two parties could be stifling the preparation of the blueprint to the progressives parties, getting together to finally implement Proportional Representation. How else are they going to get PR if it isn’t by such co-operative means. So in going alone, Trudeau forsakes his chance to be Canada’s saviour, and he will be a spoiler and only be a saviour in reviving the Liberal Party that almost died. As for Thomas Mulcair, if the popularity of Trudeau grow in the next election, if Harper comes up the middle and wins with a minority Government, you can be sure that we will hear Mulcair whine that we need PR.
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