Andrew Coyne has taken a few minutes off from Tory bashing,to write a piece on the decline and fall of the once mighty Grits. He has some suggestions for them, but given the ndp takeover, I don't see any of this happening. It remains to be seen how long the right of grits willtolerate the ndp takeover. When they finally realize they have no place in the grits, the final curtain should fall.
Today the situation is far more dire. In 1960 or 1991, it was still possible for Liberals to hope that, with a turn in the political tides, they could be carried back to power in relatively short order. In 2010, that is a harder case to make. Much is made of the failings of their current leader, Michael Ignatieff, as much was made of the failings of the last, and of the one before that. But the truth is that the Natural Governing Party is in the grip of a historic political realignment, which it is all but powerless to resist.
The only surprise is that we did not see it coming long ago. As recently as 2003, it was still common to refer to the Liberal party as an unstoppable political dynasty, and to Canada as a system almost of one-party rule. Yet that impressive imperial facade concealed deep fissures. The Liberal empire was cracking up, and had been for more than 50 years.