General Election: January 26, 2006 Liberal earn 30.2% POP
General Election: October 14, 2008 Liberals earn 26.3% POP
By Elections: November 9, 2009 Liberals still finish behind the NDP and lose support in three out of four ridings. They were not competitive. Insight why they failed to resonate with their own base.
In 2004 General Election the Liberals earned 36.7% the last time they were deemed fit to govern by the voters.
What are those lessons and why do Canadians continue to leave the Liberal Party, stay home or vote for other political parties?
"The by-election results ... show that we have a lot of work ahead of us," Ignatieff's statement said. "Canadians want an alternative to the Harper Conservatives. Our job in the months ahead is to earn the confidence and support of Canadians."
How many bad days can Michael Ignatieff have in a row?
So they show it by electing more Conservatives? Odd people, these Canadians. Kelly McParland National Post
During the 2008 election, when the Liberals were labouring under unpopular leader Stéphane Dion, they managed collectively to still get more than 25,000 Liberal voters to the polls in these four ridings. On Monday night, only about 14,000 turned out to vote.
That means, simply, Ignatieff is not fixing the major problem the party had under Dion – unengaged, disinterested, turned-off Liberals. As pollster Nik Nanos has observed, the Liberals did badly in the 2008 general election mainly because 800,000 voters "sat on their hands" and didn't vote.
So before the party can even think of attracting support from other parties, it must first figure out how to get its own partisans back in the fold. Monday night's by-elections show that this remains a work in progress for Ignatieff. Michael Ignatieff's next job: Wooing Liberals By-elections continue a grim trend for party-Susan Delacourt
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