Worse than the troubling conclusions of the likes of Graham Steele, Brent Rathgeber and others is the fact that while they don’t lack for ideas to fix Parliamentary democracy, all doubt that the impetus for reform is strong enough to break down the systemic barriers to change. And on that score they have a point.
Do you wonder how a three-term incumbent party manages to swim against the tide for change, even as it is dragging some pretty heavy scandal-related baggage?
The goal of maximizing voter participation is worthwhile, but what if it is being pursued at the cost of short-circuiting the due process that should lead to as informed an electoral verdict as possible?
Justin Trudeau’s announcement coincided with the news that Campaign Life is working to have as many of its supporters as possible selected as candidates for the 2015 election. The anti-abortion group is specifically targeting the 30 federal ridings that will be in the mix for the first time next year.
Former Bloc Québécois leader Gilles Duceppe once compared leading his party to a devastating defeat in 2011 to being trapped on an elevator in free fall.
In the process, they have inflicted a life-threatening defeat on the Parti Québécois. It is not just that Marois’ Parti Québécois government is the first not to be re-elected to a second term in more than four decades.
Consistently mediocre poll results; heightened caucus unrest; public Cabinet squabbles; a poorly handled Senate scandal and what has turned out to be a bad hire for the top party job indicate as much.
With Pierre Karl Péladeau in the mix, a majority PQ government would have to seriously set its sights on holding a referendum or risk implosion.
A red Tory coup-in-the-making there may not be except in the self-serving imagination of Conservative MP Rob Anders, but cracks in the fragile foundation of Harper’s hard-earned majority there most certainly are and they are becoming harder to paper over.
As they prepare for the larger 2015 Quebec battle both Justin Trudeau and Thomas Mulcair would be well advised to keep that in mind.
To sum up: the RCMP alleges that people placed by Harper in the government’s and the Senate’s chain of command either broke the law or took part in a cover-up designed to make a scandal go away, but leaves the prime minister himself off the hook.
Whatever the results on Nov. 25, the Liberals should not be fooled into thinking that their leader is ready to part with his training wheels just yet.
Only a saint or alternatively someone with a guilty conscience would continue to play dead as his former boss wreaks irreparable damage on his or her reputation.
It remains to be seen what Canadians will make of the NDP’s transition to a more cutthroat style especially as the party will first road test it on Liberals and not on Conservatives
From the timing of the charter’s presentation, at the earliest practical moment after the summer, to the heavy government advertising artillery that is being deployed to sell it at public cost, all signs point to a no-holds-barred effort to decisively move the needle of public opinion toward the PQ.