Wednesday, May 11, 2011

The Liberals' Darkest Hour

Our electoral loss is not our darkest hour, what we face now, is.

Many believe May 2nd was the worst day for the Liberal Party of Canada, they are wrong. What is to follow in the months and years to come will be the blackest period in our history. This darkness is not a result from the election, but a result from the actions we take today.

It was not on May 2nd that our Caucus subjugated party democracy, it was not on May 2nd that our National Executive overstepped their bounds, it was not on May 2nd leadership candidates put themselves before the party, and most importantly it was not on May 2nd that we were divided. The 41st election did not do these things, but yet we appear to be at the precipice of these events occurring.

Our electoral loss is not our darkest hour, what we face now, is.

9 comments:

Volkov said...

More than a little dramatic, don't you think?

After all, if you think now is our "darkest hour" based on that criteria, we've been in one since the Trudeau era.

rgl said...

This is about survival of the party from within the ranks of the LPC. Factions are working to merge with NDP which is a death of the party. Other factions are working towards being an LPC version of Harper with issues of control. A handful are resisting and calling for the base to have a say in what the party is and will be in the years to come - it is indeed a time of darkness.

thescottross.blogspot.com said...

Volkov, history disagrees with you and the future will only add further opposition to your claim.

Drama does not denote falsehood or weaken truth.

Volkov said...

Scott,

How does history disagree with me? Throughout the Trudeau/Turner/Chretien/Martin eras, the caucus and the Party have always been at odds with each other, and under the same leaders the Party has either had the same attitude or the PMO has.

This isn't new for the Liberals, and we'll get past it. I'm not saying the situation is good, but we've been here before.

thescottross.blogspot.com said...

Volkov, we've been here before doesn't contradict what I've put forth.

I've been in my house before but not when it's on fire.

We are at an historic low, no matter the past conflict between caucus and executive, nothing will be like what is about to occur.

Carolyn Bennett's recent call for Apps to resign with 2006 leadership overtones is just the beginning.

Volkov said...

1984 really springs to mind - this was the other time we thought we were all doomed. Have a little optimism, will ya?

CK said...

rgl: "Factions are working to merge with NDP which is a death of the party."

Isn't that moot, given the NDP now have nixed the idea?

Ted Betts said...

If changes to the constitution are proposed, and every Liberal gets to vote on it, and if it fails to pass with two thirds majority... how on earth is the party democracy "subjugated" and the constitution circumvented?

As for division, I see some of the old guard trying to pull the same sort of leadership antics as before with torqued press leaks, rapid membership drives, pushing out messages damning of other potential candidates. That's all sad and keeps us on the road to no renewal, but it's not so calamitous as all that.

Ted Betts said...

If changes to the constitution are proposed, and every Liberal gets to vote on it, and if it fails to pass with two thirds majority... how on earth is the party democracy "subjugated" and the constitution circumvented?

As for division, I see some of the old guard trying to pull the same sort of leadership antics as before with torqued press leaks, rapid membership drives, pushing out messages damning of other potential candidates. That's all sad and keeps us on the road to no renewal, but it's not so calamitous as all that.