I don’t dip much into politics on this blog because I don’t understand the mechanics of the political process – every time I think I have it more or less figured out – some new twist emerges. I’m at the point now where I think there isn’t really a formula for a successful election – parties make it up on the fly.
Having said that, I am surprised by the federal Liberals in this campaign. It seems they are running hard to the left on a lot of issues and I think that would alienate a lot of middle ground voters. Back in the 1990s a lot of folks that I know who would identify themselves having some affinity to Republicans and that like the Yanks in general would have easily voted for the Liberals in Canada. Now, you hear ‘Republican’ or ‘American-style’ epithets hurled by Liberals on a daily basis. There have been a number of issues where I was surprised at the left wing view.
I guess the Libs feel threatened by the NDP and the Bloc but if they ever want to be a majority party again, they will have to get back to that centre concept.
Maybe they should recruit the new mayor of Calgary to lead the party. He’s a business guy, a Muslim and an urban thinker. He could probably secure a lot of votes in western Canada and would be appealing in central Canada as well. I suspect his French isn’t that good but flawless French hasn’t helped Iggy much.
Who knows? Maybe the natural governing party is now doomed to be a marginal party with no clear ideological position. On a wide variety of social and economic issues, the vast majority of non-Quebec Canadians identify themselves squarely in the centre, even a bit to the right of centre. If the Libs are fighting with at least three parties for those on the left of centre, it could be a long time in the wilderness.