Grits Go to Pot!

… And Avoid Going to Copps

That was the terribly witty headline in The Winnipeg Sun this morning. Never mind the snarky double-entendre; both are welcome developments arising from this past weekend’s LPC convention in Montreal Ottawa.

From scanning some of the news stories about the convention and, more importantly, the blogs of those who attended, it seems there’s a promising hope of revival emerging from the doomed wreckage of the last federal election.

A lot of media pundits seem to be complaining about the dearth of thrilling new policy for them to chew on. Well, perhaps… but so what? There will be plenty of time for that to take new form in due course. For now, the most important thing was simply to demonstrate that the party isn’t a totally lost cause or terminally foregone conclusion, and in that regard, it seems to have been a modest success.

10 Replies to “Grits Go to Pot!”

  1. A lot of the Liberal Party’s new platform seems to be a more concentrated form of their previous policies; in short, they seem to have principles ahead of merely seizing and clinging to the chalice of power for the first time in years.

    The Grits look like they are trying to reach out to a series of voter groups that they have lost to either the Conservatives or the NDP: progressives, soft environmentalists, and red tories, among other swing voters. In short, I think they are trying to rebuild their former base.

    The clincher is, of course, whether this ‘new and improved’ Liberal party will actually adhere to its newly-found directional approach, or will it simply relapse into Chrétien-era cynical, principle-less power politics that seem – quite ironically – to have been copied by the ‘new’ Conservatives these past few years?

  2. It was actually impressive. Choosing Crawley over Copps was big and very smart. I dont think the Pot issue was done for strategic reasons but, it will work out like that and will shore up a lost base. Overall I still think the two Left partys will have to merge at sometime to defeat Harper but the timing now is unclear.
    Harper’s going to have to do something monumentally stupid over the next 3 years to not win another majority, and, if the LPC and the NDP are waiting for that to happen then they deserve to lose because it aint going to happen. Should the Libs get back to 70 or 80 seats in 2015 it will be at the expense of the NDP, and, Im not too sure how eager they would be to merge and be swallowed up by the LPC. This cycle could continue for one more election. This, like Jean Chretien is Stephen Harpers perfect storm.

  3. Crawley was clearly the better choice – having Copps and Rae together on the stage at the end of the convention would have made a mockery of any idea that the Liberal party is serious about “renewal”.

    However, it seems that the vote to take Crawley over Copps was by a very narrow margin – 26 votes. Clearly there are still a very large number of Liberals who just don’t get it.

  4. I’ve been following Crawley’s videos on YouTube for quite some time and thought his proposals (of which he has many as you can see by checking out his channel) were all quite sensible. To be honest, I didn’t really have a clue who the guy was at first and he seemed like a long-shot, so it was nice to see him prevail at the end of the day.

    Not sure that those supporting Copps necessarily “don’t get it” as just saw different ways and means of achieving change in the party. Although, IMHO… backing a contentious old war horse like Copps wouldn’t have been the best option for that.

  5. I do hope that this will mark a turn around; I, for one, am getting a bit tired of the NDP Vanguard excusing every bit of loosening of the principles while still clinging to the lofty, never-have-to-follow-through rhetoric. Heck, they had a field day with the defection of one NDP, and now, they are backpedaling on their robocall followup stunt. For a party that would decry the CPC machine and their dirty tricks, having them say “but it’s nowhere near what the CPC do!” seems a bit insincere and indicative of just how all this “Orange Wave” that would confront and crush the Harper majority was all just built on sand. I suppose we can take comfort, rather depressingly, that our initial prognistications are somewhat in the same ballpark . :).

  6. Zing! Yes, you and SF certainly nailed things right off the bat.

    Outside of Quebec, the “Orange Wave” was mostly a fiction and the NDP’s success in that province was clearly a freak occurrence driven by the charismatic charm of Jack Layton and disillusion with futility of the BQ.

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