01.05.2013 11:42 AM

Liberals feeling good about ourselves

…because, as Twain said, reports of our death have been an exaggeration.


  1. frmr disgruntled Con now Happy Lib says:

    “Canadians will not be swayed by the attack campaigns of the Conservative Party”…..beg to differ, Mr. McTeague…….because they so werent swayed by the nasty shit they threw at Dion, Ignatieff, and Rae(had he become permanent leader). I just hope M. Trudeau has a good Teflon coating, because shit will be coming his way too…..

    At any rate, Im very happy that Mr. Newman is eating his words these days……

  2. Bill Temleman says:

    Warren, only two leadership candidates (Merner & Murray) have come out in favour of cooperation with other parties to defeat the Cons. Will there at least be an open discussion of cooperation during the leadership race or at the convention? Or do the new poll numbers mean the Liberals are back to going it alone?

    • kit says:

      Cooperation? Been down that road in my riding and after two elections with the winner a CON, this cooperation bat droppings is a scam to get Liberals to vote NDP while they ignore every Liberal riding where the Liberal was 2nd and would win with a few NDP votes. So leadership candidates, don’t waste your breathe on CRAOLA masinations to destroy the Liberal party.

      • Bill Temleman says:

        Kit, because of attitudes like yours, Harper will keep his job for as long as he wants it. Then he’ll give it Flaherty and he will keep it for a long, long, time. In order to defeat the Cons, the centre and left parties will have to work together. Simple as that. btw, I have been a Liberal voter for 20 years.

  3. Stew B says:

    Liberals I know of are too damned proud to cooperate with anyone, even themselves.

  4. Michael Bussiere says:

    JT is certainly going to face a firestorm from the Harper attack machine, but I have a feeling he is not going to take it sitting down as Dion and Ignatieff did. I also suspect people are going to be prepared to come to his defence, especially if the Cons are stupid enough to drag his father into the line of fire (which is likely).

    But I think what is most telling is the viscious online commentary. The word “shallow” keeps appearing, which is amusing considering Harper resembles a robot funeral director from the Jetsons, and came to the Opposition Leader’s bench having skulked around Ottawa for years and left briefly to run a 3-person office in Calgary dedicated to bitching about taxes. So why is Trudeau the target of so much vitriol? Vitriol is preferable to outright dismissal. It means people are paying attention and certain quarters are obviously feeling very threatened.

  5. Ronald O'Dowd says:


    I’m thinking we won’t see de jure cooperation but once the results come in on election night, it will concentrate minds toward de facto cooperation. I expect to see Conservatives either in a minority position or in third place. If Liberals and the NDP are within striking distance of each other — and if combined they can form a government, well surprise, surprise, that’s how I expect it to play out. (If those two parties are within a seat or so of each other, the fun will be watching the sparks fly as they argue over who gets to be senior partner in the government.)

  6. Alex says:

    I wish I could agree with this article, but my gut feeling tells me that Justin is going to be a bust. I foresee several months of Justin-mania, and then a huge surge in Liberal poll numbers if he wins the leadership vote, as is likely. My concern, however, is that his lack of experience will come in the long run, and that Liberals poll numbers will sink in 2014 and 2015.

    I am a progressive who has supported the Greens, Liberals and NDP at different times. In an ideal situation, I would pick Justin over Tom Mulcair, because I think (ironically) that a Liberal government would actually produce more progressive results than an Mulcair-led NDP. However, I am not sold yet on Trudeau’s political skill. Hopefully I am wrong — and I mean this sincerely — but I have a sense that he will be a bust, and that in a year’s time the Justin bubble will have burst.

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