Thursday, August 25, 2011

Hebert: liberal democratic party?

Chantal Hebert, who has long been in favor of dipper grit merger, pushes it some more. I have already speculated about a are led liberal democratic party. The remaining blue grits should be driven out of such an entity. I am not afraid of such a merger. It would give a clear choice to Canadians. I suspect that the extreme left of the dippers might also leave such a grouping, but they may not have any place left to go. HM PM Harper has long sought a more left right split, to give Canadians a true choice. The next year should be very interesting

No amount of French-as-a-second-language training will give the future candidates to Jack Layton’s succession the rare asset that allowed him to so spectacularly connect to Quebec.

Although it helped him score points against the more patrician Michael Ignatieff in the last campaign, his down-to-earth French was not his main forte.

When it comes to federal politics and Quebec, language skills will only go so far.

In the past, some of the country’s most bilingual politicians have turned out to be the most tone-deaf to the nuances of the Quebec debate.

On that score, Layton probably had the most attuned ears of his generation of out-of-province politicians.

He intuitively knew that one often only needs to scratch the sovereignist surface of many Quebecers to find a disappointed federalist — and vice-versa.

He understood that a self-confident Quebec — secure in its identity — is the opposite of a threat to a strong Canada.

He had enough Quebec instincts to distinguish between a political minefield and a media brush fire.

Those instincts can be acquired but usually only over a significant amount of time. In Layton’s case, they were bred in the bone.

Among the prospective aspirants for his succession, there is little doubt that deputy leader Thomas Mulcair shares that quality.


Anonymous said...

Thomas Mulclair may be good in Quebec but he will not appeal to those outside the province. He turns off a lot of people, me included.

Jen said...

However Anonymous, Mulcair will remind the others that it was he who led the NDP to a huge success in Quebec with Layton's smile at the background.

Dr. Roy, the coalition ain't dead.

maryT said...

Why isn't the ability to speak fluent English as important as speaking French. Funny how that works.
I think Dion's broken english had more to do with his failure as lib leader than anything else, and Nycole will have about a year to turn off ndp supporters in the west.

Marcus Winn said...

Many of the Liberals who remained standing after May 2nd are not of the Pablo Rodriguez left of center variety.

You have the Sean Casey, Francis Scarpaleggia, Massimo Pacetti, Ted Hsu, John McCallum, and Jim Karygiannis variety of Liberals left standing.

The electorate largely flushed the toilet on many of the left leaning Liberals on election day.

In the context of a minority parliament where the appeal of a coalition is fueled by the potential for a ministerial portfolio is one thing.

Having to sit with these folks for four years in opposition is another.

Especially when someone like Francis Scarpaleggia is a lot closer ideologically to the government side then he would be sitting beside someone like Mathieu Ravignat for example.

gimbol said...

I always appreciate the way Hebert strategically neglects to state all the details of teh point she is making.
Lots to say about what the successful successor to Layton doesn't need, but very little about what they need to do.
The ruse is up, and that is why the Bloc vote evaporated last election. The tried and true method of getting support of the quebec so-called nationalist by offering to fund their social spending by having it funded by the ROC (but only in french so the stupid anglos don't catch on).

I Support Lord Black