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May 2011 Blog Archive

My archived blog article for May 2011 is below. You can also click the respective links for my current blog articles, my featured blog articles, and my complete blog archives.

A Party of the Many
13 May 2011, 23h00 EDT (GMT-4)

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“A week is a lifetime in politics,” runs one of the oldest clichés in the field. Yet, in the week since the Liberal Party suffered its worst defeat in Canadian history, there appears to have been insufficient time for light, though there has been plenty of time for heat.

As long as I have been involved in the Liberal Party, it has been my conviction that for all its strengths, its one fundamental weakness has been an unhealthy obsession with the identity of its leader. This impulse has taken us from being a party of the many, towards being a party of the few.

It is a view that I have expressed during recent election coverage, some of which I have linked to below.

TVOntario’s The Agenda with Steve Paikin
» Democratic Disenchantment

The Montreal Gazette
» Liberal insiders say party needs reflection

The National Post
» Layton tasked with turning unseasoned caucus into Opposition

» Liberal post-mortem begins in wake of record defeat

Global News
» NDP Campaign Platform Analysis

If the Liberal Party is to recover from this setback, we will have to demonstrate the humility to recognise our errors, the courage to correct them, and the strength to draw wisdom from this electoral rebuke.

I hope that in the coming weeks, months, and years, Liberals across Canada will join hands to rebuild our party on a foundation of genuine mass participation.

Democratic Disenchantment
02 May 2011, 20h00 EDT (GMT-4)

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As Canadians went to the polls for our 2011 federal General Election, TVOntario’s The Agenda with Steve Paikin convened its four broadcast essayists to discuss the state of Canada’s democrac.

The broadcast is available via streaming video through my YouTube Channel, as well as directly above.

After a long campaign notable for bitter partisan attacks and for exalting low politics over high policy, I found the debate with my colleagues Tony Keller, Carla Lucchetta, and Jordan Peterson both enjoyable and personally enlightening.

Ultimately, the results of the election were, in my view, a calamity for Canada and for our better political traditions, but that is a subject for another day!



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