Brian Lilley - June 17th, 2012
Rae too old?! Rubbish!
by John Robson
Looks like we won’t have Bob Rae to kick around anymore. After much agonizing by columnists, he announced Wednesday he wouldn’t run for the leadership of a Liberal Party we may not have to kick around much longer either. Frankly I’m glad to see him go. But not, please, on account of his advanced age.
To hear some pundits talk, Rae is a living fossil, the coelacanth of Canadian politics, ancient as the Rocky Mountains. Why, he’s 63. Can you imagine?
The Globe’s Lawrence Martin can’t, insisting Rae would be an unsuitable leader because his party needs renewal and Rae was born waaaay back in 1948. (Along with Martin.) Why, by the next election he’d be *gasp* 67. Who is this guy, Amenhotep III? Get thee to a pyramid.
I mean really. By the time Winston Churchill was 63 in 1937 he was so senile he thought Hitler was a menace. Three years later he was good for nothing but pottering about rallying Britons in the darkest part of World War II and saving civilization. Fetch my spade, boy. Read more…
Brian Lilley - January 23rd, 2012
Alive, but still a long way from kicking
by Monte Solberg
I watched the Liberal convention last weekend and to steal that chilling line from the movie Poltergeist, “They’re baaaaack.”
OK, they’re not really back.
Instead they have begun modestly by signalling their intention to no longer be dead.
They have thrust a bony hand from the casket and croaked out, “Present.”
I’ve always believed the odds favoured a Liberal revival, and honestly better them than some of the alternatives.
The Conservatives are, of course, our best hope, while the Liberals are Canada’s least-worst option. Read more…
Brian Lilley - January 22nd, 2012
Stop whining about political impudence and fight back
by Warren Kinsella
Here we go!
Last weekend’s Liberal party convention had barely gotten underway, and an attack ad had already been released. Its source: The secretive right-wing lobby group, the National Citizens Coalition, formerly headed by one Stephen Harper.
Everything about the Internet spot was familiar. It had the customary look and feel of political attack ads, targeting the NDP past of interim Liberal leader Bob Rae.
It featured headlines ripped from newspapers, reminding us of Rae’s early ’90s tenure as premier, when Ontario was an economic basket case.
It had blurry footage of a younger Rae, plus a big unflattering photo. Read more…
Brian Lilley - January 13th, 2012
Liberals gather to discuss disaster
by Mark Dunn
OTTAWA - The pilot of the bloodiest nosedive in Liberal history is leaving the classroom for a cameo at the party’s weekend convention to thank the rank-and-file for letting him steer the Grit plane into a mountain.
Normally, former leaders — even those humbled and humiliated — are feted at post-election conventions, thanked by party faithful for their service while over-the-top video montages of campaign highlights play in the background.
So it’s odd for a thankful Michael Ignatieff to surface after disappearing from Ottawa in May without having the courage to face hundreds of staffers and MPs who lost their jobs after the party was reduced to rubble.
Saskatchewan’s Ralph Goodale, the elder statesman of caucus, was left to do what Ignatieff wouldn’t as he careened along Hwy. 401 to Toronto for a return to academia and into the shadows. Read more…