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  The Liberal Party: What went wrong and where to next?
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Last EditedMonsieur  May 03, 2011 08:51am
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AuthorRobert Silver
MediaNewspaper - Toronto Globe and Mail
News DateTuesday, May 3, 2011 02:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionIf I needed to sum up what went wrong with the 2011 Liberal campaign in a sentence, it is a quote that Jane Taber got just before the election started in March. “The campaign is shaping up like 1993, with the GST replaced by corporate taxes, and helicopters replaced by jets,’ a senior Ignatieff MP notes.” The same MP went on: “Then, like now, the Tories are focused on the Liberal leader, while the Liberals will again promise national childcare, education funding and some sort of infrastructure.”

When I first read that quote, I couldn’t help but cringe. 2011 is nothing like 1993 – and it never was going to be. The country is different, our opponents are vastly different, and the Liberal Party’s voting coalition as it existed in 1993 is different. There is certainly no mass nostalgia from anyone other than the most partisan of Liberals for 1993. It was, seemingly, only us Liberals that remained the same as we had been almost 20-years earlier.
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