If you haven't read Randall Denley's article in the Ottawa Citizen entitled:
yet, go read it. I've never seen a journalist stand up to the established order of things like this. The tide must be turning, winds of change blablabla... But seriously, I think I am going to frame this story.
Here are my favourite snippets:
It's early in the campaign, but neither Dion nor his Green Shift policy seem to be registering with Canadians. If the Liberal leader can't show some sign of life in the polls, this election will be about choosing the next official Opposition. The NDP's credentials there are arguably stronger than the Liberals'...
One might reasonably ask what, other than habit, makes the Liberals the automatic alternative to the Conservatives. After all their years in government, the Liberals still retain an aura of credibility -- but is it deserved?
The Paul Martin era, brief though it was, squandered the image Liberals had spent more than a decade building up. Their tough money guy turned out to be a woolly-headed ditherer. Then the Liberals amazed the public, and probably themselves, by choosing as leader the candidate who was the fourth-most electable on their slim list. They topped that with the Green Shift, a policy that is not entirely without merit, but also one that is pretty nearly impossible for their candidates to explain and for the public to understand. Why does all of this guarantee the Liberals at least a second place finish?
Voters who do not support the Conservatives need to ask themselves what they want to achieve in this election. At a minimum, it has to be an opposition that will do its job and effectively critique Conservative policies.That's a tough one for the Liberals. As the official Opposition, the Liberals were pushed around by the Conservatives, either voting with them or not showing up for crucial votes.
Great analysis. I wholeheartedly agree. For a detailed look at what Denley is talking about in terms of the Liberals' job in opposition, I will refer you to my earlier post. Enjoy.