Monday, September 21, 2009

The Liberal Party of Canada: Missing in Action?

"He's put absolutely nothing on the table. It's just empty rhetoric," a top Liberal who supported Mr. Ignatieff (Etobicoke-Lakeshore, Ont.) in both of his leadership campaigns told The Hill Times last week. "It's not enough to say, 'That in good times we're going to bring forward the progress...' If he goes into an election and doesn't really have anything substantive to put on the table, we're looking at a massacre."

The Liberal Record on the Environment? Liberals Recomendations in 2007.

The Auditor General presented findings on a more robust system. 

The Liberal Party of Canada are appearing rudderless and without direction. What does the Liberal Party stand for today? What are the policies and how are they different than the government?

The Liberals get a reprieve for now

Mr. Ignatieff still hasn't delivered on the promise of a renewed Liberal Party. While Mr. Harper spent the summer at work, Mr. Ignatieff vanished from the radar for most of the time. His speeches in Parliament are often lame, as were the first TV ads featuring him in a bucolic setting. His image is still blurred. He still looks like a visiting professor, unable to explain in concrete terms what exactly he would do to make Canada better, apart from high-speed rail between Quebec City and Windsor – a tired idea to be sure.

In the week when the opposition was supposed to overthrow the government, Mr. Ignatieff unveiled a foreign policy platform – not exactly the kind of thing that generates excitement around kitchen tables. Those few who paid attention must have been puzzled to hear Mr. Ignatieff complain the country has stopped engaging in “muscular internationalism,” when Canada has been taking on the riskiest tasks in Afghanistan.

The Liberal foreign policy plan was a rehash of previous Liberal policies, from Lester Pearson's peacekeeping efforts to Jean Chr├ętien's trade missions in Asia and Paul Martin's push to replace the G8 with the G20. And why a new “secretariat of peace, order and good governance,” a duplication of the Pearson Peacekeeping Centre?

Ignatieff to Harper: ‘Your time is up'

Michael Ignatieff set Canada on what could be an irreversible course toward a fall election, announcing the Liberal Party he’s led for nine months will no longer prop up the minority Harper government – and instead will actively seek to defeat it.
It appears the party prefers to criticize the government on less substantitive issues than introduce alternatives. How are the surrogates of the Liberal Party helping the Liberals dumb down their party?

The voters and the MSM have been ignored, who is Micheal Ignatieff, what will the Liberal Party do differently and why do they continually threaten an election?

Leader's gut reaction to ads: Don't treat Liberals like fools.

"While you're propping the government up, they're running ads saying, `He's just in it for himself.' How stupid do they think I am?" Ignatieff said in an interview with the Star yesterday, immediately after the Liberals, for the first time in nearly four years, voted against the government in a confidence vote.

"If you want to make Parliament work, you can make Parliament work if you're the prime minister of Canada. It's that simple. So now, he can do it. But don't treat the Liberal Party of Canada like fools. Because we're not.

Toronto Star Editorial

Have Canadian/American relations sunk to the point where a Prime Minister and a President use a summit to sort out a spat over the Maple Leafs' travel plans?

CBC Peter Mansbridge reinforces the Toronto Star Editorial and the Liberal Party narrative. 

Liberal Party

Alternative solutions to improving relations with congress and protectionist US lobbyists, government officials? Missing in action. Just more criticism and empty rhetoric.


Unlikely as each political party self-interest trumps what is best for Canada. The Bloc and NDP are not supporters of the Free Trade and improving access to other nations if negatively affects their base.
Some members of the Liberal party are interested in improving free trade, Scott Brison spoke in support legitimate trade and providing opportunities for choices for the citizens of Colombia. Bob Rae agrees a need for an improved strategic approach to improving global trade.
A government policy that deploys capable stakeholders from each party to tackle American protectionism, Canadian inter-provincial barriers for fairer competition and freer trade that benefits both countries is a sustainable delivery model.

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