Thursday, March 27, 2008

Plus Ca Change...

It appears fratricide is back in vogue in Quebec. I don't have a lot of patience for stuff like thus. We elected Stephane Dion leader of the Liberal Party of Canada less than a year and a half ago in an open and democratic process. Now, admittedly not everyone agreed as to who the best man for the job was. However, I thought we agreed what the job was. When the Liberal Party elects a leader they are looking for many things. They are looking for someone who shares their vision of Canada. Someone who would as Prime Minister advance the issues and ideas that have drawn us to politics. We are looking someone who can win a general election. Stephane Dion has not had the opportunity to do any of these things. To call for a leader's resignation before he has run a single national campaign is absurd. It is akin to firing a coach during pre-season. Yes, we have lost some by-elections. Yes, Stephane Dion and his Quebec team are partially responsible for at least one of those losses. However, by-elections are not elections. Just ask Dalton McGuinty. The Premier saw his party lose by-election after by-election between the 2003 and 2007 general elections. Did that have any predictive value? No. McGuinty won the 2007 election and won it easily. By-elections are strange beasts. I cannot say that I am thrilled with all of the decisions M. Dion has made. I have criticized him on this blog and elsewhere. However, he is the leader of the party and until there is a general election that should not be in question.

4 comments:

WesternGrit said...

Well said, Localgrit. Time needs to be given, and one election is the minimum...

Anonymous said...

The more time given, the worse things get. Perception folks is everything, and as more and more people read the headlines, the more they become convinced Dion just ain't got what it takes. I'm a Lib, but a Canadian first, and the idea of him leading the country is disturbing.

Scott Tribe said...

Uh.. let me get this straight, Anonymous..you don't even WANT him winning the general election? You're sure you're a Liberal? Prove it. Come out behind that anonymous cloak, because that line sounds like it comes from a Conservative concern-troll.

Joseph said...

Ah, Scott. You doubt him? Perhaps he has been swayed by the, um, "principled" leadership of Harper, who shows how much he cares about his campaign (oops, I meant Canada) everyday in actions large and petty (I meant small).

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