Many Liberals who want to dump Ignatieff speak of passing the torch to a new generation of young Liberals. The problem with this is that most young Liberals I know already have internalized their party’s trademark self-regard as God’s Chosen Party. It’s what drew these student-council types into the party in the first place, in fact: the promise of running the country without the hard work of proposing new ideas.
The best way for the Liberals to save the party: destroy it by merging it with the NDP. It doesn’t matter what you call the new entity — just make sure that at the end of the day, something called the “Liberal party” no longer exists. Whether or not the new party runs to the left of the current incarnation or not is beside the point. What matters is that its adherents would be liberated from the useless baggage that comes from the ancient Liberal brand: They might start to actually formulate policies without all the “party of Laurier” nonsense.
Liberals should welcome their own party’s funeral. As things stand, most of the lifelong Liberals I know walk around in a state of unspoken shame because their party isn’t fulfilling its divine destiny. Surely it must be someone’s fault, they suppose — and so they cast about for internal enemies, attacking one another in a whirlwind of panic and bickering.
Friday, June 11, 2010
Jonathan Kay makes the case.