The Liberals are lucky. They have a leadership candidate that could actually help them and the country. No, it's not Trudeau and it's not Hall-Findlay or Garneau. It's Joyce Murray of Vancouver.
Murray, unlike her rivals, wants to restore progressivism to the Liberal Party, something that has been consigned to obscurity since Ignatieff opened shop. Unfortunately the wanna-be Latter Day Ignatieffs that fill the leadership ranks remain decidedly centre-right.
Here's a Murray idea that deserves consideration. The Libs could join forces with those of us from the Green Party. Our leader, Elizabeth May, is for it.
Had Liberals and Greens united behind a single candidate in last
November's byelection in Calgary Centre, Murray says they could have
prevented Tory Joan Crockatt from eking out a narrow victory with just
under 37 per cent of the vote.
The Green Party actually has a robust policy platform that Liberals and uncommitted voters alike could embrace. They're actually the very sorts of things you might have heard from Liberals of twenty or thirty years ago. If the Libs insist on hitching their wagon to sub-prime fossil fuels and what even Allison Redford calls the "bitumen bubble" they're heading down a dead end road. It's time for them to wake up, do themselves and the country a favour, and go Green.