Working up policy around an electoral cycle is fine - for a while. Leave it too long, however, as the Liberals plainly have, and it creates an impression of a party that really doesn't have any meaningful ideas. What was the last big Liberal idea? Oh yeah, it was the Green Shift, a first rate idea botched by third-rate handling by the then leader, Stephane Dion.
Good policy is defensible. If you've got an idea that you cannot defend against your opponent, then it's not a very good idea. If you can't find glaring weaknesses in your opponent's ideas, then you had better come up with some other compelling reason why voters should support you.
It's time the Liberals and the Latter Day Liberals (NDP) got up on their hind legs and stood for something that's meaningful to the Canadian public. Stand for Canada and the Canadian public, not the state and its incestuous corporatism. Stop treating the Canadian public like chumps, like prey, like Harper does.
Yeah, the election may not come until 2015 but you've laid low long enough. Justin, your father knew how to connect with the public. Try, oh please try, to channel a bit of that. Tommy, try to stop acting like an angry, highschool chemistry teacher.
Speak to us about the environment and about our democratic deficit. Speak to our worries about inequality and the future Canada can offer our children and grandkids.