Lib­eral leader lacks ex­pe­ri­ence

The Compass - - OPINION -

Dear Edi­tor,

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.

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