- One of the federal Liberal party’s top policy wonks landed
in Nova Scotia this weekend to soak up some Atlantic advice on how
his party should manage its upheaval.
Akaash Maharaj – a contender to replace
Stephen LeDrew as the party’s president – met with Liberals
on the South Shore yesterday and will tour the province until Tuesday.
Maharaj, 32, is here helping the party hammer out a schedule for
approving a new executive, new party policies and ultimately a new
Part of Maharaj’s tour is clearly linked
to his campaign to become the party’s president. Maharaj said
he wants to make the Liberal party more democratic, and work harder
at avoiding debt.
Maharaj is fending off suggestions from some
in the party who want to put off a policy conference scheduled for
February 2003 until Prime Minister Jean Chretien steps down when
he promises, in 2004.
“Were we to cancel [the policy conference],
the party will have allowed six years to elapse between policy conventions,”
Maharaj said yesterday.
“For any political party, let alone
the governing [party], to go six years without discussing ideas
or ideals would be to bring itself into public disrepute.”