Liberal leader lacks experience
I have always had a great sense of pride in The Liberal Party Of Canada, and its great leaders. I was always very impressed with the brilliance of Lester B. Pearson, John Turner, Pierre Elliott Trudeau, Jean Chretien and Paul Martin. They had a kind of brilliance, polished with qualities that bloomed from years of experience before entering the political arena.
We all know that experience helps to pave highways, very challenging in its uniqueness, much like a rainbow as noted by a great poet, Alfred Lord Tennyson. We have heard so much about charisma, good looks and political politeness, which adds flavour around the ballot boxes on election day. One wonders what goes through a voter’s mind when they have to get out and vote. Do they think that it is their democratic right just to vote no matter who wins at the polls? Well, it seems to be that way sometimes as people get really tired of political bickering.
I have been involved in the art of politics and have never been so disgruntled as I am now. I am very disgruntled with our Liberal party because we do not have a leader with experience. He has brilliance, but not polished with that coated political style of deliverance and charisma that people like and trust.
He delivers only what he feels and thinks Canadians may like to hear, and I’m not certain if he can offer it as a promise as it may only strengthen the party in power which has a minority, not a majority status.
He is so eager, as are other parties in opposition, to trip up the party in power in order for him to bring down parliament for an election that people don’t want.
Will touring Canada make a difference? Well, to a degree it will, as there are many people in the business community who are staunch Liberals. They trigger people to vote Liberal or else. That’s an old trick of the 1950’s - vote Liberal and I will give you a bottle of rum.
The final decisions are made at the polling booth and a shot of rum really won’t make a difference. Again, there are many good politicians who are very serious about their jobs and certainly represent their ridings well.
What scares many Canadians are those dipping into the national pot out of greed and dishonesty. They are running on their own agenda, not that of Canadians. Really, they are not worrying about people, especially the senior citizens of this country who are living below the poverty line.
I have the notion that the Liberal party will fall short of even a minority, which will obviously give the Conservative party a majority. There will be a well-planned, organized, Liberal leadership convention in 2012, with MP Justin Trudeau gaining overwhelming support from his party and all Canadians.
This will be the magnetic turning point that many Canadians have been longing, hoping and wishing for since Prime Minister Paul Martin stepped aside. This will be one of the most interesting and exciting conventions of our generation, and a very challenging federal election to look forward to further along in the future.
Frank Blackwood Richmond Hill, Ont.