When I read it my gut reaction was "So?"
"It" was an e-mail from Ralph Goodale warning that the New Democrats are on the verge of a first, out fundraising the Liberals for an entire year. The Libs apparently need $100,000 to close the gap on the NDP, assuming there are no particularly generous New Democrat supporters writing cheques between now and New Year's Eve.
The way the plea was written you might have imagined the Red Army was massed on the gates of Berlin.
I like Ralph Goodale. I think he's a fine and honourable man and a first-rate Parliamentarian. Maybe that's why the party hands him their begging bowl every time they want a whip round.
But I kept coming back to "so." So, just why are the Libs trailing the NDP in fundraising? So, why are the Libs trailing the NDP in the polls? So, why are the Libs still comfortable on the Conservative-Lite perch? So, just what does Canada lose from having the Liberal Party wallowing in the cellar?
If the Liberal Party is in political penury they need to ask themselves what they're doing wrong and what they need to do to make things right with the voting public. The Libs need to explore their role in the collapse of public faith in Parliament. Jesus Christ on a Crutch! A majority of Canadians now feel the path to political action is to take to the streets.
The majority of respondents said they supported grassroots protests,
including the Occupy movement and the British Columbia referendum
against the harmonized sales tax. People are looking at other methods of
political participation beyond conventional parties, said Environics
pollster Keith Neuman, in an interview discussing the poll on Canadian
values conducted jointly with the University of Alberta.
when it comes to taxes, the poll suggests politicians are out of touch
with Canadian values, adds U of A’s Harvey Krahn, a sociologist who
assisted with the poll. It was conducted from Oct. 2 to 14 with a sample
size of 2,001 people.
Keeping taxes as low as possible ranked
last on the list of 12 shared values identified by Canadians, yet
politicians, including Alberta Premier Alison Redford last week,
staunchly rule out increasing taxes even when the province faces a
serious deficit, said Krahn.
“There’s a disconnect between Canadians’ values and politicians on this issue,” said Krahn.
Ah, Oh, Hmmm. There's a disconnect between Canadians' values and those of their politicians. Golly, gee whiz - there it is. Maybe that's why you've gone from Sussex Drive to Stornoway to Motel Six out on the Gloucester highway. That's because you, yes you, have created a disconnect between your political values and ours. We've made it clear. We would actually prefer to take to the streets than to follow you and, with the likes of Trudeau, Garneau and Hall-Findlay, you're not showing any sign of changing.
So, sorry Ralph. You're such a nice guy but I have to give you a pass. Maybe a little more time in sackcloth and ashes might be just the thing to save the Liberal Party of Canada.