Wednesday, November 12, 2008

GK Will Not Seek Liberal Leadership

Gerard Kennedy has and always will believe Liberals must be the leaders we need to be and he will work tirelessly within the Party to achieve that end. To produce a party that does not only reinvent itself after defeat, but a party that never stops growing. It is to my personal regret that as of this morning he has decided not to seek the leadership of the Liberal Party, his announcement will come shortly.

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Change will never come from one person, it must come from all of us. Canadians need to recognize that innovation and leadership begin with them. For any political party attempting to lead, to really lead, the first priority must be inspiring our people to recognize their potential, their ability to change our country.

And even though the Liberal Party is in the process of selecting a new leader, our first priority must be in creating a party of leaders. A membership that does not merely reinforce the few ideas handed down, but actually produces competition of liberal policies and beliefs. Where we as a Party no longer wait for opportunity, we as Liberals make it.

With Canada needing change, Liberals right now, have a decision, do we do nothing and allow the Conservatives to win based on complacency or do we lead? Do we as Liberals take the first step and at our most fundamental level fulfill what the very essence of the democratic process is, of enabling the individual to realize their ability to make an impact, to have a voice, to change our country? The answer undoubtedly is Yes. Yes the Liberal Party must inspire Canadians, must engage them in determining the direction our country is to take, but before we lead Canadians we must become leaders ourselves.

And our decision to lead must not be because our Party needs a new leader, but must be an absolute, an absolute recognition that we must have a membership that does not merely follow, but acts.

Gerard Kennedy has and always will believe Liberals must be the leaders we need to be and he will work tirelessly within the Party to achieve that end. To produce a party that does not only reinvent itself after defeat, but a party that never stops growing. It is to my personal regret that as of this morning he has decided not to seek the leadership of the Liberal Party, his announcement will come shortly.

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