The policy resolutions for the Liberal Party of Canada convention later this week in Montreal read like material the New Democratic Party would debate. Not only are they thoughtful, and progressive in tone, if implemented they would mark the launch of a peaceful revolution in Canada.
The 162 priority resolutions include proposals for a national transit strategy, an early childhood development program, a basic income guarantee, and affordable housing.
Policies of this nature have been discussed and debated by NGOs, academics, and various professional associations for years, without going anywhere.
With the next federal election a little more than two years away, it is time we started asking the Liberals and New Democrats what kind of government they will deliver if either one can bounce the Conservatives from power.
It would be unwise to underestimate the Conservatives' devious political smarts, but it increasingly looks like we may have a dramatic change in Ottawa -- perhaps a Liberal government.
There is no accounting for political judgement when it gets caught up in irrational euphoria. The overwhelming victory of Justin Trudeau in the Liberal Party's leadership race demonstrates just how impoverished the state of our political culture has become.
Did the polls -- almost completely meaningless at this stage of the political process -- so addle people's judgement that they could not see what was in front of them? In a stunning failure of imagination 80 per cent of those casting ballots effectively declared: we think a pretty face and a famous name is all we need to win and more importantly, all the country needs to lead it.