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  Does the Liberal party have a future in Canada?: YES
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Last EditedMonsieur  Mar 23, 2013 08:09am
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AuthorJohn Duffy
News DateFriday, March 22, 2013 02:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionI come to praise the Liberals, not to bury them. Praise their faith, their endurance, their resilience. Praise them for what they have done, and for what they are about to do. It may be too early to proclaim a Liberal Spring. But it is not too soon to speak of the Liberals’ long winter coming to an end.

In Quebec, provincial Liberals were by now supposed to be a third-place rump party. Instead, the PLQ forms a healthy opposition under Philippe Couillard.

About now, Ontario’s Grits were supposed to be ground to dust. Instead, under Premier Kathleen Wynne, they’ve surged past the formerly front-running NDP, to a dead heat with the Progressive Conservatives.

In Nova Scotia, with an election looming, Stephen McNeil’s Liberals are leading. So, too in New Brunswick. In P.E.I., Robert Ghiz’s Liberal government is becoming a fixture.

And the federal Liberals? Perhaps their winter is ending as well. They are currently in first or close behind in every national poll. In the critical race to raise funds, the Liberals, in their slough of despond, have out-performed their competitors, the NDP, during the full flood tide of that party’s possibilities coming out of the 2011 election. In the adoption of technology, the Liberals have at last turned the corner, mounting a sustained, multi-year effort which has kept going through changes of management and party leadership.
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