Okay, all you Liberals out there. The time has come. Your party needs you. The leadership contest must be in the phony war stage. Nothing is happening. Are we or are we not going to have a leadership contest? Sure, we mentioned that everyone needed time to assess their chances and test the waters for financial support. Do you need the entire summer? This is August for goodness sake.
One of our spies in Ottawa—who is in Toronto for the summer—filled us in on the strategy the other day. “They are all waiting for Justin,” we were told. He has already said he is not running but seems to want to have a second chance at maybe not running again in September. He is spending the summer judging the size of the crowds he draws at events across Canada.
“Does that mean he will not run if he is not pleased with the size of the crowds attending these events?” asked your enquiring reporter.
“No, it just means he will reassess the possibilities,” was the answer.
That is therefore the story of the Liberal Party this summer. We will call it “The Summer of waiting for Justin.”
And that leaves Bob Rae sitting in his backyard watching the grass grow. It leaves a good bet for party leader such as New Brunswick MP Dominic LeBlanc attending party barbeques and waiting for Justin.
What Justin does not realize is that while he has put everything into limbo, the party still needs leadership. And that explains why Justin should say ‘No’ again in September or as soon as possible.
There are issues the party and caucus have to address now. For example, by hook or by crook Stephen Harper is going to find a way to get bitumen from the Alberta tar sands to a seaport. It will be by Enbridge’s Northern Gateway across British Columbia, south to the Texas ports through TransCanada’s XL pipeline or east by reversing old pipelines from Saint John, New Brunswick. That tar sands gunk has to be processed into a lighter, synthetic crude oil before it should be shipped anywhere. It is too dangerous to our environment in its bitumen state. We cannot let Harper win on this issue just because we have no leader.
Before Justin Trudeau runs for anything, he has to find out where he stands. He has to know about the issues and he has to care about them—not the numbers coming out to see Pierre Trudeau’s son.
Copyright 2012 © Peter Lowry
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