Friday, August 31, 2007

Liberal Party of Canada: An Empty Nut

The Liberals act as if they were in power despite lacking ideas and being prone to take rhetoric shortcuts.

The Liberal Party of Canada (LPC) believes that it is not too far from victory in the next federal election. Besides, Michael Ignatieff, one of its MP, wants the puffin - "a noble bird [that] has good family values" and that "work[s] like hell" - to be the symbol of the LPC. If the LPC was depicted like a bottle of wine, it would look like one that has a new label on it. Mind that, the label looks attractive, but the bottle is empty.

What really matters is this: With former academic Stéphane Dion at its helm, the Liberals hasn't displayed any ideas to solve what they like to brand as Canada's problems. Never mind that, the Liberals form the Official Opposition, right? The Liberals act as if they were in power despite lacking ideas and being prone to take rhetoric shortcuts.

The LPC's own pollster Michael Marzolini thinks that Stéphane Dion's troopers can win the next federal election with clear ideas. However, as a former academic, its leader Stéphane Dion is close to be a flash in the pan.

Since he became the leader of the country's so-called "natural governing party", Dion has just been acting like a populist à la Jean Chrétien.

Stéphane Dion is viscerally convinced that unlike Stephen Harper, he champions environment. Speaking about ideologies, this might be true. Nonetheless, Dion's most recent declarations on environment are nothing but terse declarations of principles. Add to these insipid declarations his lack of nuances.

As a matter of fact, we can think about Liberal MP Pablo Rodriguez's pathetic - albeit looking noble - Bill C-288. In the bill's preamble, it's said that "scientific understanding of climate change is now sufficiently clear to justify nations taking prompt action" and that "climate change is a global problem that crosses national borders." The question is: How would Stéphane Dion deal with Canada's oil industry?

Well, we're still looking for his answers!

For someone who studied Political Science, Dion certainly forgot that the Kyoto Protocol doesn't take in consideration any given country's own economic and industrial specificity.

Another example of Stéphane Dion's sense of humour, so to speak, lies in his way of dealing with Canada's mission in Afghanistan. The LPC, the Bloc Québécois and the New Democratic Party all stress on the egregiously false fact that the mission in Afghanistan, in general, is now a complete failure.

What Canadian politicians, in general, don't say is that Canadian troops are deployed in a southern Afghan province that is partly controlled by Talibans. Why should Canadian troops be pulled out of Afghanistan after February 2009? Which country will replace Canada after the withdrawal?

These are questions that Liberals should ask themselves.

Instead, what we're seeing right now is just a party that is playing with 30-seconds clips in the news just like Mario Dumont, the leader of the Action Démocratique du Québec. As opposed to Mario Dumont, Stéphane Dion doesn't manage to strike our feelings. The Liberals say that by the time the parliamentary session of fall begins, they will be unveiling their new ideas.

Let's see what the Liberals will be made of next fall. However, my expectations toward the LPC has never been great, since I'm not attracted by their extremely centralist vision of federalism... I forgot that my subscription to a pragmatic vision of federalism is another story.

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