"The Liberal Party needs private people from the sector, like me." -
Whether at the leadership of the Liberal Party of Canada (LPC) or to rebuild a party in trouble, the former Ottawa-orléans candidate, David Bertschi, is convinced that his political camp needs people like him, that come from the private sector, to learn to win again.
The east end lawyer has not yet decided whether or not to set his sights on chieftaincy in spring 2013, but he confirmed that he may be interested in the position.
"I was approached by people from Alberta, Ontario, Québec, people across the country who wished for me to commit myself to a higher level in the Liberal Party. As I said before, I have made no decision and I still have time to think about it, but I think the Liberal Party needs new ideas and new solutions that I can embody."
At 52, Bertschi first wants to get a sense of the needs of the Canadian population during a national tour and conference calls across the country before deciding.
"Canadians want to have people working for them and not vice versa. Maybe there are too many politicians who do not know anything but politics and not enough people who, like me, from the private sector, have managed a business, who have a different experience and know how people live in everyday life?"
Placing himself beyond the ideological conflicts, Bertschi says he wants voters to first listen to gather ideas.
"It’s not just the Liberal Party that may have good ideas. These can come from anywhere, so you have to first listen. Canadians are tired of politicians who talk before thinking or those who, like the Conservative Party in power, think about the next election without having a vision for future generations."
A response in autumn?
To build his own vision, Bertschi also wishes to rely on experts and federal officials, shooting a new, cutting remark to the government.
"For too long, the value of experts and officials has been ignored, and the government does not recognize their work. Look at Bill C-10 on criminal justice. It was passed against the advice of experts who say the project will not solve crime problems. I think we also need to listen and observe what is happening elsewhere. Texas and California, for example, we have proven that building big prisons does not solve crimes. We can also learn from Obama’s policy that prioritizes the buying of American products by transposing it to Canada."
He does not yet wish to reveal his intentions, preferring to wait until autumn, but Bertschi still emphasizes some of the qualities that would make him a credible candidate for the head of the LPC.
"Already, it is important to have a bilingual leader. Then, the failure to be a previous member is rather an asset because it allows me not to be related to problems in recent years, keeping me out of this showing and giving me the time to listen to what Canadians really want. It is a challenge that does not scare me. I am ready to work hard and dedicate myself to this role. As in my law career, if I go into the race, I will take care to prepare myself, remaining honest with voters."
Despite successive setbacks in recent elections, Bertschi remains convinced that the LPC has a future in the Canadian political landscape.
"Whether it is in leadership or elsewhere, I want to work for this party that will be, I am sure, an important force in the political future of Canada. We have a good base of activists and I am confident in our ability to rebuild the party that has real vision for the future and future generations."
Translated by Ciara Mcgrath
In chiefdom or to rebuild the Liberal Party of Canada, the defeated candidate in the last election in Ottawa-orléans, David Bertschi, wishes to move within the Liberal Party of Canada.