COLUMN: Solberg – Liberal leadership follies

- June 26th, 2012

Hair-raising Liberal leadership race

by Monte Solberg

So the Liberals will choose a new leader in April 2013. What could go wrong?

Normally this is just a totally hilarious question Conservatives might pose to their friends as a way to get a laugh. Obviously anything and everything can go wrong for the Liberals. It already has.

But Conservatives shouldn’t be smug. Conservatives are of the cast mind that we expect things to go wrong and we know that eventually Conservative parties will lose office, lose their conservatism or both.

At this point, the polls tell us that the only alternative to the Conservatives is the NDP, which is unthinkable.

If Canada was running massive surpluses and had paid off all its debt, perhaps we could let the NDP govern for a term.

They could try out their interesting ideas on us until there was a flight of capital, the economy crashed and they were voted from office. Canadians could get it out of their system.

But that’s for when we’re all living in Narnia.

Back in reality, Europe threatens to pull us down the drain, though some Europeans are in denial. The European Commission president claims the Europeans have the best economic model even as the bricks from the crumbling continent bounce off his head. Clearly it was the concussion talking.

Sadly, French citizen Thomas Mulcair and the NDP are all on board with the big government European model.

So, that leaves the Liberals as our insurance policy, meaning they need a serious leader. Actually the Liberals need to choose a leader who has an interest in economic issues and an instinct for policies that encourage economic growth. After all, some future-imagined Liberal government couldn’t redistribute the wealth of Canadians unless Canadians were allowed to create the wealth in the first place, a point that the NDP always overlook.

I point this out because what I’m reading about the Liberal leadership race focuses on things like Justin Trudeau’s youth, his bilingualism and his hair.

For instance, this one single time I can’t agree with fellow QMI Agency columnist Warren Kinsella as he promotes Justin Trudeau and his lustrous hair for Liberal leader.

Sure, normally, great hair is important. That’s what drew me to Stephen Harper. It’s why I spend so much time staring into the mirror. But these aren’t normal times.

At some horrible point in the future, the Conservatives will be voted from office and the Liberals need to be ready with a leader who people take seriously, with great hair being a bonus. Perhaps Justin Trudeau really is a secret policy wonk who talks monetary policy with his friends down at the bistro. If so, he hides it well.

Being as disinterested as I can possibly be, I will simply say that at some point there will be opportunity for a business-oriented Liberal leader to get the interest of

Main St. Canadians.

Put another way, if you asked Canadians to hold a job interview for Liberal leader, my hunch is they would say the leader should first and foremost be a keener on economic matters, with great hair coming in a respectable fourth.

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  1. Bill Elder says:

    The Liberal leadership convention will be an anticlimactic event Monte. The cult of personality will be reestablished and they will coronate their pre-selected rock star leader, Truedough Jr. and then proceed to sell him as “hoser royalty” to the Liberal faithful – painting a picture of the resurrection of Trudeaupia from its socio-economic grave. The spin will be that the free-spending-everything-for-everybody halcyon days of endless entitlement are just around the corner, all we need is Trudeau DNA in 24 Sussex Drive.

    This has been rumbling around for a few years and now they will go for it, in their current 3rs place desperation. The whole Canadian royals/DNA-cult of Trudeaupia gig is pretty creepy, but hey that’s what happens when a Liberal faces the brink of obscurity – anything goes

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