Grit game-changers rolling in their graves

CHARLES ADLER | QMI AGENCY

I feel a lot of empathy for today’s Liberal Party of Canada.I grew up in a staunchly Liberal riding, represented by Pierre Trudeau himself, and know first-hand the Liberal party was once led by political heavyweights.

But today version is not even worthy of being called a shadow of its former self. Today’s Liberal party is not a shadow. Today’s party is hollow. Hollow ideas, with a hollow leadership contest that features neither a leader nor a contest.

Today’s Liberal party isn’t attracting genuine Liberals. In fact, it’s doing the opposite.

It’s turning off the Liberals who have worked hard for the party for many years. It’s making them feel their loyalty has been a waste of time, making them feel like dispensable pawns on a chessboard now run by some geek in his mom’s basement who has reinvented the Liberal party as just another website that people sample for five minutes.

I can handle shallow. But I can’t swallow hollow.

People are being asked to encourage their supporters to contact their friends and neighbours and Facebook lists to encourage them to then go to the Liberal party website and register as supporters of the party and then to register some weeks later to vote in the contest.

Folks, this is not how you pick the best possible leader for a political party that wants to form a serious government. This is not how you arrange leadership for a political party. This is how you organize a Tupperware party, a pyjama party, a bachelor or bachelorette night.

Why would serious people throw themselves at the mercy of an American Idol-style popularity contest?

The airheads who came up with this say it’s best for democracy.

Wrong! It’s the worst of democracy. It’s guaranteed to deliver a product that appeals to the lowest common denominator of citizen, the one who could not care less about vision, ideas and leadership.

It appeals to the citizen who says to himself, “OK, like umm, who is relatively easy on my eyes if I have to see them on TV for the next 10 years?”

Is this what good Canadian men and women fought and died for?

How can anyone endorse the idea that he or she won’t be led by brains and heart and soul and deep, penetrating conviction and strong Canadian values?

They’ll be led by air and hair and teeth instead.

Game-changing Liberals from Canadian history are rolling in their graves. Because today’s Liberal party is set to elect the most telegenic zombie. This is not a clinic on how to lead a democracy. It’s a clinic on how to kill it. I feel no joy knowing a party that has written several important chapters in Canadian history is now writing itself off intellectually and morally and is now without mind or heart or soul.

Maybe someday there will be a website for Liberals that actually encourages them not to be lemmings. A useful Liberal website like, LiberalsDontHaveToBeZombies.com. Until then, the nightmare continues.