The Federal Liberals are having a convention. They have made several resolutions, hoping to revive their almost defunct party. And even though they are very desperate for credibility, they still refuse to acknowledge the fact that their previous leaders are responsible for their present position at the bottom of every popularity poll in the country.
They have stunned the older people by voting to legalize marijuana, while at the same time, stunning the younger people and Quebeckers by voting to retain ties to the Monarchy. Are they confused or what?
Let's review what some Liberals did - - - Pierre Trudeau gave us a constitution that so far has served prisoners everywhere, freeing them from punishment for almost every crime possible. Illegal immigrants need only to get a toenail embedded into Canadian soil to get their due monthly money, set of pots and the same legal rights of all citizens. He married ex-Hippie Margaret and the Pierre-Sinclair show became the chagrin of the Canadian public. His Trudeaumania slid into Trudeauphobia.
John Turner, he allowed Trudeau to appoint his cronies into powerful positions even after taking the reins, was then caught on television patting the bottoms of Liberal Party President Iona Campagnolo and Vice-President Lise St. Martin-Tremblay. That told us all we needed to know about him. He ruled for 79 days and lost the election by a landslide, obviously without a single woman's vote! The old Hell hath no fury reaction.
Jean Chretien then took control, promised the GST would go and had a redbook full of other promises. He very sneakily refused to campaign in Quebec for Canada when the crucial separation vote was imminent! Spent 5.8 billion of OUR money on 30 year old helicopters, then doled out 100 million directly from his office to the Sponsorship Scandal participants without accountability. The rugs of our parliament have so much stuff swept under them that you need a Hummer to get over them!
Paul Martin then emerged. Mr. Dithers let the Canadian Military continue to scam him by allowing the purchase of 4 broken down British Submarines. Our Navy defended the billion dollar submarine program saying the boats were vital to the defence of Canada even though none were capable of firing torpedoes, submerging or even venturing out to sea! The crews would have to wear SKUBA gear inside them! They were only good if sunk for metal reefs to encourage colourful fish habitat. Paul Martin then stuttered his way into oblivion.
Stephane Dion, arrived all shiny and a citizen of France. It was bad enough to have a another staunch Quebecker wanting to run Canada who had been involved in the Quebec sovereignty movement but the trouble was no one could understand him even whether he spoke French OR English! He initiated something called the Green Shift, which some figured out was either shifting corporate taxes away from corporations and onto the public or just that green hairy stuff that grows on veggies in your fridge. Others thought it was the name of a lawn mowing company. But as no one could understand him in any language, it didn't work.
Michael Ignatieff then reappeared after having been beaten by Dion previously. The Liberals were like raccoons feeling around for frogs in a murky pond, and they refound Ignatieff, dredging him out of the mud! No one cared because he had not been living in Canada for 22 years and squinted when he addressed the media! It made us all wonder who ARE these Liberal leader pickers? Michael had 11 honorary doctorates, but I think Mike Tysen does too. Ignatieff hastily led the Liberals down the political drain and even lost his own seat and the party's status of official opposition! It was more like a toilet flushing! He was never going to live in Stornoway after Go-away was imposed on him by the voters.
So in 2011 the Liberal party had 18.9% of the popular vote. It's lowest ever and a far cry from Sir Wilfrid Laurier's 50.9% in 1904. But then there were only 39 people living in Canada then, and those Liberals probably wouldn't allow Indians or Chinese to vote.
Now here we are, new old Federal Liberals with scrubbed faces, full of hope and desperation at the same time, trying to connect somehow with everyone in the country. We are going to be able to smoke pot on the streets, (IF the Americans let us) and bow and curtsy to the Queen, which could be Camilla! And the new Party President promised to 'get right down to the nuts and bolts'.
Methinks the nuts are already there and the ones with any sense have bolted!
Although perhaps a few nuts have joined too? Marc-Boris St. Maurice, founder of the Marijuana Party became a Liberal in 2005 and joined. Blair Longley took over that party leadership and advocated marijuana smoking too and all he wanted if elected was a new bicycle. See, there are alternatives to the Big Machine parties. Perhaps Marc-Boris is at the bottom of these dramatics?
And the image of Trudeau won't disipate with his prostate-checking finger in the air and an echo of 'fug you' reverberating through the Canadian Shield. I don't know about you, but I have that same old creepy Crawley feeling I have always had about the Liberals.They truly earned the name Lieberals.
Light up, maybe it's okay now.
But don't forget to curtsy.