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.
If you want to see the Harper Conservatives defeated in 2015 – or at least reduced to a minority government -- it's time you started paying attention to what Joyce Murray is saying.
Murray is a Liberal leadership candidate from B.C., and the only candidate promising one-time co-operation with both the NDP and Greens to defeat Conservative candidates in a number of key ridings in the next election.
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It is an open secret that Liberal partisans want Justin Trudeau to lead the party. The only other serious contenders stepped aside. Interim leader Bob Rae opted not to run, and New Brunswick MP Dominique LeBlanc decided he would support his friend since childhood, Justin.
Yet, eight other candidates showed up to the first Liberal Party of Canada leaders' debate in Vancouver Sunday afternoon. Some want to increase their stature in the party. Others have ideas they want to see debated.