Thursday, May 04, 2006

Everyone has Five Priorities these Days

Scott Reid has advice for the Liberals on how to win back power. Yes, that Scott Reid.

And, no, there's nary a word about hiring a better communications director.

Hat Tip: LLC


  • Most of it is unobjectionable; were it from another source, I think the comments would be well-taken. The focus on Allophones and new Canadians, for example, would help the Liberals counterpose themselves with the Tories and their Republican buddies' barely-concealed nativism.

    And, certainly, the point about having a basic philosophy is vital. The Liberals need to stand for something, and the vacillating, weak governance of much of the Chretien period is an excellent example of why. They have the chance to become the beating heart of North American liberalism (which is why I'm so interested in the leadership battle in the first place), if they're willing to do so.

    By Blogger Demosthenes, at 1:13 p.m.  

  • No, No, the best part is where he wants to throw cheap, symbolic doo-dads at Quebec. Is that seriously the vision the Liberal party has for Quebec? No wonder the Libs are a distant 3rd in Quebec now.

    By Blogger The Rat, at 4:15 p.m.  

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    By Blogger FRANCISM, at 5:43 p.m.  

  • I suppose we should credit Mr. Reid for saying in 5 bullet points what he could have said in 3 (very Liberal):
    *Stand for something--he suggests the economy, but likely it will be health care/daycare/education
    *Make a pitch to a geographic region where you can best grow your support--Quebec and the cities, although they can't grow much more in the biggest urban centers
    *define your opponent--DUH!!

    This is the blueprint for every successful political strategy since Cromwell. So this is nothing new. The real need Mr. Reid and his cabalists will need to address is finding a leader who can lead the party to accomplish these tasks in an election campaign.

    As a Conservative, I like our position at the moment. However, I don't think that it is unassailable. But, with the addition of Hedy Fry, the party has yet to put forward a candidate who can aspire to a victory by the above conditions.

    By Blogger FRANCISM, at 5:46 p.m.  

  • I'm not sure why the ubiquitous Tory trolls are so up in arms; if the Conservatives can make up myths (about Harper's status as an "ordinary joe", for instance), then why not the Liberals?

    After all, defining your opponents is pretty much the raison d'etre of comments like francism's. By definition, a successful Liberal leader isn't going to appeal to down-the-line conservatives, yet they, clearly, expect the Liberals who read this site to take them seriously when they critique the candidates.

    By Blogger Demosthenes, at 5:50 p.m.  

  • Who actually gives a flying fig about what Scott Reid has to say? He was the most annoying PM spokesperson I can ever remember and played a huge role in the Martin/Liberal election campaign that would be best described a "fiasco". I for one cannot believe he is still showing up on television to offer up his retrograde opinions. Earth to Liberal Party Headquarters!

    By Blogger Omar, at 9:33 p.m.  

  • By Blogger raybanoutlet001, at 11:44 p.m.  

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