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


  • There are, however, phrases like "hair-shirting that would make Opus Dei blush" and "new Canadians must be re-radicalized", both of which I'm uncomfortable with.

    By Blogger matt, at 1:03 p.m.  

  • 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.  

  • Great strategy from Mr. Reid, neatly summed up on another blog.

    "Make up stories about Harper to scare Quebecers"'d that work last time again?

    By Blogger James Halifax, at 3:58 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.  

  • CG or anyone?

    Is Reid still be paying paid by the Liberal Party or the Oppositions Leaders office to do the whole annoying talking head thing on TV?

    Or is he just voluntering his less than credible opinions for free?

    I would hope Graham and the party could find someone without the baggage and who is hated by the press do the whole media thing.

    By Blogger polarslam, at 11:52 p.m.  

  • I really would have thought that the political Canada would have rightly seen the last of Scott "Beer and Popcorn" Reid. Apparently I was wrong. Scott Reid published his path to victory in the Toronto Star today and he suggested that in order to win back the Quebec vote the LPC must throw them a few "symbolic initiatives that (will) tap Quebec's craving for respect."

    Is it just me or are "symbolic initiatives" one of the main reasons the LPC are currently in electoral purgatory. They symbolically signed the Kyoto accord even though they knew that they would never implement it. I guess that's all well and good for an environmental plan that even those that advocate it admit will only symbolically solve the problems facing the environment. It does not solve the pollution problems and smog that have been plaguing our cities for the past few years, which it never professed to do, nor will it begin to solve the problems of climate change.

    They symbolically created a "national childcare" plan which is neither a national plan nor is it childcare. It is essentially a series of "one-off" promises with the provinces and territories for a transfer of billions of dollars. There is no idea on how many spaces this money will create, how many families will benefit or which cities, towns, or rural municipalities will see this money (if any).

    They created a gun registry, that went more than 500 times over budget, that would only symbolically affect crime rates. It will do nothing to either help solve or prevent crime for the simple reason that criminals don't register their guns, they buy them on the street.

    They raised the symbolic specter of seperatism so that they could funnel millions upon millions of dollars to their friends and supporters for little or no work.

    Sounds like the problems the LPC is in today has been created by too much symbolism and not enough action. The path to success for the Liberals lies not in symbolism but in a real plan that is achievable, tangible and accountable to the people.

    But then again I support the Stephen Harper and the Conservative Party so by all means Liberals go ahead and listen to the man that helped you loose the last election.

    By Blogger An Ottawa Tory, at 12:01 a.m.  

  • Maybe the simple explaination is that Scott was out of beer and popcorn, and watching Warren Kinsella move onward and upward, he is jealous?


    By Blogger The Infozone, at 4:22 p.m.  

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