Musings —11.17.2012 09:10 PM—
Now that the Liberal Party of Canada’s leadership race is officially underway — and that the party is moving up dramatically in various public opinion polls — here’s what some of the leadership candidates need to do.
We live in one of the world’s great democracies, and it goes without saying that any citizen should be able to run for any post he or she desires. The Liberal Party, too, should be open to the ambitions of any Canadian who shares its views.
But just because you can run for something doesn’t mean that you should.
Just because you want to be a leader of a political party doesn’t mean that everyone else thinks so, too.
It gives me no pleasure to say this, but Deborah Coyne, David Bertschi and Martha Hall-Findlay need to seriously reconsider their bids to lead the Liberal Party of Canada. They need to call it a day.
I’ve met Coyne, and have known David and Martha for a long time.
All of them are the kind of people the Liberal Party needs.
All of them are the kind of people we need more of in Parliament.
Smart, decent, hard-working and dedicated to public service.
But they shouldn’t be running for leader of the Liberal Party.