This constant not being ready to do what must be done by Liberals, because they find themselves leaderless at a time when the country is in need of change politically on both a federal and provincial level is getting to be the norm and frankly suggests that they are always unprepared. Their inability to fix this problem in my opinion begs the question to be asked, is this all just bad luck and bad timing, or is the leadership of both the federal and the provincial Liberals just that incompetent and inept? No matter what the reason for their unpreparedness, if the Liberal Party of Canada and Quebec are willing to let their quest for a new leader take as long as possible and keep Canadians at the mercy of bad decisions being made by their political opponents in power and are comfortable waiting and watching democracy being reduced to a political farce in Canada, while they choose a leader and get election ready, is this the political party we should be putting our hope for a brighter future in for all Canadians in?
I fail to understand why any political party would not have replacement for the leader of the party should something remove that leader from action prematurely, so they are election ready at all times? Perhaps if they did not have to keep having time costing debates and mini campaigns to pick an interim leader, they might not get caught voting for things that they do not believe in, or voting for things that they feel are not good for Canadians simply because they are afraid to topple the government of the day, because they are leaderless as did the Liberals did during Steven Harper‘s first term as a Prime Minister of a minority government.
I point my finger at the both federal and provincial, Liberal parties, because it is they who find themselves leaderless once again, not only federally, but provincially as well. This failure to think ahead causes me as a voter to shake my head and wonder if they are this slow to make changes to an obvious flaw in the way the run their party business and when something they are doing leaves them at the mercy of their politically opponents, are they smart enough or politically savvy enough to run this country in times of stress and hard times when quick thinking and action are required, or would they simply wait until they thought they could win and go along with the flow and let Canadians suffer at the hands of oppressors while they waited for a sure victory?
We sat through the worst time in our history with a government making all kind of weird changes to this country, lying to its citizens and taking Canadians into one of its darkest times every from a minority government position, because the Liberal Party Of Canada was not prepared as a political party to go into an election that might cause them power, because they were not in a winning position. From this position of minority government, the Harper government, passed law after law hurting Canadians at home and hurting Canada‘s reputation abroad while the then Official Opposition voted in favor of law after stupid law, not because they believed in what Harper and his Conservative government were doing, but because in a time of crisis and conflict when they knew Canadians were being abused and mistreated by the Harper government they were not ready to bring down the government and force an election, because they felt that they could not go into an election leaderless. The conservatives ran with that ball as far as they could politically while, the most fragile of Canadians, refugees seeking asylum in Canada, veterans, charitable organizations and our First nations People all took a beating, until finally the Harper government was caught in the act of intentionally misleading Canadians in the House of Commons and was forced to call an election. Is what the Liberal Party of Canada did while in the Official Opposition position in the House of Commons to be expected from now on from them? Is their practice of either abstaining, or voting in favor of bills and allowing laws to be passed by the governing party that they do not agree with and know are not in the best interest of Canadians also not a betrayal of the faith of the people who voted for them, as much if not more than the Conservative Party of Canada was guilty of when they lied and withheld information?
The Liberal’s from their position of Official Opposition had the opportunity many times to combine their vote with that of either the Bloc Quebecois, or the New democratic Party to stop the governing Conservative Party of Canada, but instead chose to allow Canadians to suffer so they could put themselves in a better position to win an election if one was called; lying with every vote they cast in favor of laws and bills they did not agree with in the House of Commons and betraying the Canadian people that voted for them with every vote they cast in this manner. These were not the actions of a responsible political party. I say, ” This was a party who put their winning a future election above the welfare of the people they were supposed to be protecting and serving. I have voted Liberal for most of my adult life, but I could not support them in the last federal election, because as wrong as the Conservatives were, they are sick enough to at least believe in what they are doing, while the Liberal Party of Canada believed in nothing, but getting their former power and glory back at all costs.
Leaderless again the Liberal Party of Canada flounders about with a big time-consuming process first choosing an interim leader, the with all the candidates crisscrossing the country campaigning for the right to lead the party and then finally holding a big convection that will finally see this party with a new leader. Surely in this day and age there has to be a better way for getting ready to elect a new leader then spending big money and wasting time, a way they could vote for a new leader quickly and spend the time getting its act together and promoting their unity, their new leader, their goals for Canada, their platform on which they intend to go about keeping their promises? Why must they always choose to go to war internally in times when unity is a must. There just has to be a better way to choose a leader, there just has to be, because this way just is not working and Canadians and Canada suffers every time it happens, no matter which party is caught leaderless.
One would have thought that after seeing their federal counterparts flounder and lose the confidence of the Canadian people which not only cost them the last federal election, but saw them reduced to third-party status in the house of commons from that of official opposition would have taken steps to ensure that they would not be caught without a leader for too long should they find themselves leaderless, but as we are seeing now in the province of Quebec that was not to be the case. Once again we are having a federalist Official Opposition Party essentially rigging what amounts to a vote of confidence in the separatist Parti Québécois now in power in the National Assembly ensuring that this stays in power, because they are once again minus a leader. The Liberal Party of Quebec made sure that there would be no election by making sure that they did not have all of their members on hand for the budget vote and so by letting it p-ass slimy while making a symbolic gesture. Unfortunately this is not why I and the rest of the people who voted for them sent them to the National Assembly. We wanted the Liberals to provide good government if they won the election; keep a government that would stand up for the rights of all Quebecers and not just the francophone. We wanted a government that wound if they didn’t to at least keep Madam Pauline Marois and her separatist Parti Québécois honest and insure that they were doing what was right and best for all Quebecers or use the power that we gave them to remove her and her party from office. Instead what we see is another liberal government prepared to lose credibility voting for things that it knows are a betrayal to the people who voted for them.
Dalton Mcguinty’s surprise resignation as the Premiere of Ontario in the manner that he did not do any Liberal politician hoping to run federally, or provincially any good, anywhere in Canada, in my humble opinion. At a time when the federal Liberal Party is trying to get on its feet and run a leadership race after dropping to 3rd party status and Quebec Provincial Liberal Party having lost an election this year to the Parti Quebecois and is running its own leadership race to replace a Premier who resigned under allegations of corruption is just another nail in the coffin of all Liberal Parties in general. The Liberal Parties across the country are looking more and more like a super dysfunctional family. Ok you no longer wish to participate in the governing of your province after running and winning the election and decide to tell your followers that you find life just too tough as a political figure to carry on, you made a mistake and you wish to spend more time as a family man okay I do not like it, but that is your decision and I can live with that. To prorogue the legislature though, when the province is in so much difficulty I think is just wrong. When you put the 2 things together Dalton Mcguinty in my opinion really has betrayed the people who voted for him on all fronts and once again raises the spectre of can the Liberals be trusted. Once again Liberals will be running down fellow Liberals to earn the right to lead their party instead of rebuilding behind a pre chosen replacement until such time as a convention can be held to pick a new leader if need be. Once again the Canadian voter must suffer while the Liberal’s get themselves together, by yet another tactic designed to by them political time. I think that there just has to be a better way to choose a leader so that it does not have to become a costly 3 ring circus that hurts rather than benefits the Canadian people.
Although this post does not put either Liberal Party in a good light, it is only fair to mention that the Conservative Party of Canada is the most despotic, non-democratic, self-serving, bunch of racists in my opinion to every come to power at a federal level. They also think that they can ignore Quebec on a provincial level, in what in my opinion amounts to taxation without representation, so they have nothing to feel good about. Political parties in this country need to have the interim leader picked ahead of time so we the voter do not have to endure, bad government while political parties spend huge amounts of money in fighting. I am sure that a private vote by the executive of a party would suffice for interim leader and we could dispense with the campaign before the real campaign to showcase potential leaders. Could we not have a closed session of all delegates and chose a leader without all of the tree ring circus theatrics which serve to divide the party more than bring them together and save the mud-slinging for the real opponent the other political view?
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