Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Liberals need to Wake Up

It is time for the Liberal Party to wake up. Polls and focus groups will not provide them with a winning template. The party lacks the resources, the media presence, a strong grass roots base, and quite frankly the people to effectively appeal the “average” Canadian.” The news is not all bad though. Such an approach produces just as many duds as successes. Paul Martin was one such dud. To win, the Liberals are first going to have to admit just how limited their power to sell Canadians on their ideas are. Their only hope of winning is to kick off a number of highly charged public debates that will envelope all parties. Controversy for controversy’s sake is, of course, no strategy at all. The Liberals must take debates that have been more or less settled among the educated and force feed the public the results. The point is not to be on the side of the Canadian public per say, but to be the side that most respects the process and is humble enough to defer to learned opinion. In such debates, process matters much more than being on the numerically winning side. As I have said time and time again, SSM was a great case in point. At the polls, SSM was a looser. Canadians were spilt on the issue, but the older one is the more likely one is to be opposed and to vote. It was a winning issue because it left the Conservatives defending an intellectually, morally and legally bankrupt position and they were, rightly, pillared by the media and the learned every step of the way. I mentioned some possible issues in a piece entitled “Reality has to have a well known-Liberal bias.” It can be read here. http://themaplethree.blogspot.com/2007/01/reality-has-to-have-well-known-liberal.html

6 comments:

billg said...

There is something more to all of this. This is not about platforms or ideology. Its about Mr Dion and a political party that has been in power for far too long. Here is my long thought out theory's. We live in a very large very diverse country. The ruling party has a duty to all Canadians, and, a duty to do whats best for Canada, and, its why the Greens and the NDP scare the hell out of me, and, its why they should scare the hell out of every Canadian. I trust the Liberals and the Conservatives to break a promise or ten once in power if it makes sense, the Cons are saying what a terrible job the Libs did on the environment, I disagree, the Libs understood fully what effect Koyoto would have on our economy and disregarded it, I dont trust the NDP or EMay to be that responsible. The Libs are now carrying the weight of being in power for 13 years, I think they did a good job, but, some of the best people are gone, others look tired. Its going to be next to impossible to take the Con train off the track, when, since it hasnt been in power for very long, it really hasnt got a record that the Libs have. Make sense?? My concern is, that the Liberals are keying on Harper and in doing so, are letting two very dangerous party's grow...the NDP and the Greens. I think, the Libs should take their pill for the next 2 or 4 years, aim their guns at the Greens and the NDP, and, for the sake of Canada, get back to a party democracy instead of what now is a 5 party parliament, where, if the last 4 years is proof, very little of substance gets done. My 2 cents.

Lizt. said...

This is not WHO was in power too long,, but what was accomplished. This one year is like a good 10 years under this "Conservative", very dangerous. government. Things just started to turn around when the debt was paid off. I do not care who was in there at the time, as long as it was done . Things eventually did get better. However This Harper government has made many mistakes and has done some things the average person would not like, but the media is not getting to them. The Liberals have to get to the public., to show it is a different party,show Harpers mistakes, and his dismantling of Canada.
The environment is urgent , but there are many many things to talk about, or we are going to lose BIG!

billg said...

You can continue to tell yourself that forever for all I care. If your one of those people who think that the party you support is the only party Canadians are worthy of, then, there's no sense in having a conversation, that kind of loyalty is dangerous. You can blame the media all you want, but, you then start to sound like the Tory's about 6 years ago...its everyone's else's fault but yours. My point was, and you missed it, was, that no ruling government can stay in power forever, becasue, to govern responsibly you have to make some tough and unpopular decisions, thats just the way it is, and, sooner or later it catch's up. Thats all I was saying. To think that you can actually govern forever is truely absurd, and...get ready for it...arrogant.

ryan;-P said...

"This Harper government has made many mistakes and has done some things the average person would not like, but the media is not getting to them. The Liberals have to get to the public"

So it's not the job of the media to diseminate the Liberal Party message? Thanks, its nice to hear that our "independant" media should not be used as the propaganda wing of the LPC.

"To think that you can actually govern forever is truely absurd, and...get ready for it...arrogant"

Very candid, and honest comment here.

Koby said...

"but the media is not getting to them."

exactly. That is why the Liberals must change their approach.

"The Liberals have to get to the public., to show it is a different party,show Harpers mistakes, and his dismantling of Canada."

The Liberals ability to do just that is zero. They can only win by shepherding in change; they will not be able to convince people that they have changed.

Ger63 said...

You liberals are nauseating. 13 years of corruption and incompetence and you can't comprehend why Canadians don't buy your message anymore. LOL