If you're a real, committed Liberal, I could use your help. As a truly disaffected Lib, I've become disconnected from the party, detached from whatever it supposedly stands for today.
For most of my life I considered myself a true Liberal. I certainly wasn't a New Democrat, although I admired David Lewis, nor was I ever attracted to the Progressive Conservatives, although I had great respect for Robert Stanfield.
No, I was pretty much a Trudeau Liberal and, to me, Lloyd Axworthy would have been a fitting successor to lead the party. Instead it went to Turner, Chretien, Martin, Dion and Ignatieff as the party ushered itself out of Sussex Drive, out of Stornoway and, quite deservedly, into Motel 6 out on the highway near Kanata.
I was never fond of Dion but I still supported the Dion Liberals. Ignatieff's coronation never sat well with me but I accepted a responsibility to give him a chance to earn my support. He never did. Instead it was Ignatieff's hapless machinations that severed my connection with the LPC. Like Layton, Ignatieff carried Harper's water in shifting Canada's political centre well to the right. The Liberals went to a spot on the political spectrum I could not accept.
So, what I'd like to know is why any of you Libs remain dedicated to this party or whatever remains of it? What does the Liberal brand mean today? How do you find any meaning, any purpose, and reason for existing in today's Liberal Party of Canada? The easy answer is to say they're not Harper and his Cons or they're not Mulcair and his New Dems but defining them as what they're not doesn't establish meaning or purpose or even any reason for existing.
I know this may invite Dippers to wade in and slag the Libs but we don't need proof that the ranks of the New Dems have a generous stock of sphincters so, please, stay out of this.