It seems as though, about now, that prime minister Justin Trudeau is wishing he had a political party behind him. It seems he worked so hard to trash the liberal party back in those salad years following his 2015 sunny days. Was it his ego that told him he did not need liberals and their whiny ways?
The Irish Rovers had a song about it in the 1980s. They blamed the whiskey and maybe the gin. Justin Trudeau was sober and determined to trash the liberal party of Canada as soon as he could. He dumped the liberal senators in parliament. He told card-carrying liberals that they were no longer members but suckers who could send him money. If a long-time liberal did not get hundreds of begging e-mails a year, you did not feel you were important.
It was really too bad that Trudeau the Younger did not understand the message in 2019. “You dumped the party buster. Reap the consequences!”
As a liberal, you used to feel you belonged to something. You kicked in five or more dollars to your party every month and you were treated with respect. Go to Ottawa for a visit and you were a guest of your MP. Your MP would come home to your riding and hold a report meeting. A liberal could ask questions and get answers.
And regional and national party meetings were open affairs. You rubbed elbows with cabinet members, senators and MPs. You had honest arguments about party policy. There were hotly contested elections of party officials. You searched hard for the right candidate for your riding and could bask in the glory when your candidate won the right in an open contest to represent you.
When the election bell was rung, you were there, shoulder to shoulder with your candidate. As a party member you had a stake in this election. It was you and your fellow liberals who made the difference.
As a former liberal, I resent the appointed liberal candidate in my electoral district. What the hell does someone in Justin Trudeau’s office know about what my riding needs? You blew it Justin!
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