Musings —05.14.2012 06:43 PM—
The Alberta result should remind us all that is foolhardy to read too much into polls, and particularly one poll. But this depressing result is consistent with a batch of other recent surveys – that the contest is now between the Conservatives and the New Democrats, federally. And that the once-mighty Liberals don’t factor. At all.
What can we do? Well, a bunch of things. I spoke before the annual gathering of Canadian realtors in Ottawa, this morning, and suggested in response to a question that the Liberals’ problems aren’t just about leadership. The problems are myriad: membership, fundraising, policy, organization, readiness, you name it.
But – without even having seen this poll – I made one other point: Bob Rae has been the leader during the entire period when we languished in third place. Even against a lightweight like Nicole Turmel, Rae couldn’t make us competitive.
To me, Bob Rae is the wrong choice. He’s the wrong choice because of his tenure as NDP Premier of Ontario. And he’s the wrong choice because of his term as interim leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, too.