Ignatieff Dion Dec 2006 Photo: Simon Hayter/Getty Images
In the last few years, the Liberals have had four leaders: the shrewd Jean Chrétien, the flashy Paul Martin, the intellectual environmentalist Stéphane Dion and (repatriated from the U.S.) Michael Ignatieff, who was supposed to be the next Pierre Trudeau.
But while the faces changed, the structure, mentality and apparatus with its backroom boys remained the same. This dichotomy goes back a few decades, but two specific events accelerated the fragmentation of the Liberal party between the leadership, the MPs and the grassroots. Angelo Perschilli Toronto Star