Just got the word from Ralph Goodale. The LPC Deputy Leader suggests if the party can just get another $50-grand by midnight, they'll be able to send an even stronger message to the Cons and NDP that the Libs "won't be pushed around ever again." I found the italics in Ralph's e-mail interesting.
What I don't get is how $50,000 means the Libs won't get pushed around "ever again." Is money going to fix the Liberals' maladies? Is that what sunk them in the last election and the one before that - money?
Sorry, Ralph, but I'm anything but convinced that money - or lack thereof - is your party's problem. What the Liberal Party needs is vision. It needs policies and a leader who can connect with them to the Canadian people. And, no, I don't mean funding for the arts and daycare. Let's talk about what actually matters to Canadians today and to those who will follow. Let's talk about income inequality and a determination to strengthen our society by sharply closing the chasming gap between rich and poor. Let's talk about the environment and what is needed to deal with climate change and do Canada's bit to ameliorate global warming. Let's talk about what we need to do to chart Canada's course so it works in ways that really matter to the guy on the street - the one who sees no reason to go to the polls.
Ralph, if you want money it's time you earned it. Get back to me when you're ready to do that.