Coyne v. Wells on what that filibuster was all about

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Coyne v. Wells on what that filibuster was all about

  1. Re: Coyne’s take on the Libs’ strategy, I’ll ask a question nobody seems to answer after suggesting that the Libs distinguish themselves by taking policy stances which could just as easily originate with Stephen Harper circa 1993.

    Is there really any prospect of the Libs creating space for themselves by proposing the policies Harper is avoiding out of political calculation rather than principle? Or would the inevitable outcome merely be to create space for the Cons to run with the suggestion?

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  3. To me the problem for the Liberals will be trying to create policies only by trying to find a space that is not already occupied by the CPC or the NDP … it will be hard to make a coherent platform from “we are different from those guys and different from those other guys” alone … 

    But appearances aside, the fundamental problem I see is that the old guard that got them to this point is still in charge … not much chance of reinventing yourself if you aren’t going to reinvent from the ground up … 

    Ah but, they do have a summer to regroup … let’s hope it helps … 

    • I don’t know if you heard but the LPC are having a “Summer Tour” oh brother…

      • I heard after I posted this … and yes, oh brother … didn’t they try this before? Didn’t Ignatieff go busing around the country to “connect with the people”?  Boys, you are too out of touch.  You need to know what your message is and get it down and solid before you start trying to connect with people about it … Sheesh … 

        • I think they are having too many fun margarita days in that bus, because I can’t see any other good explanation why would they do such a thing : )

    • But appearances aside, the fundamental problem I see is that the old
      guard that got them to this point is still in charge … not much chance
      of reinventing yourself if you aren’t going to reinvent from the ground
      up …

      Exactly.  The old guard is doing them no favours at all by staying involved.

  4. Please help Paul Wells with his audio. Either he’s got to deaden the sound in that room, or else use a better microphone.

    Otherwise, love the conversations.

  5. So. When is Mr. Wells going to be so unkind as to remind Mr. Coyne that
    we have, in writing, his firm intent to vote Liberal in the recent election. Another
    successful and incisive analysis from which he seems to have fully recovered and
    stored away in his personal dust bin of history. It must be quite a collection.

  6. Wrt the monarchy, and Coyne’s idea that maintaining the monarchy is appropriate because it connects us to five centuries of history, a history of exploration and development and building….I can easily accept that the monacrchy played a very important role in our history, and that there really is no reason to try to hide that history or downplay it or be ashamed of it, but I’m not sure why that means that Canada couldn’t now say “It is time for us to continue to explore and develop and build, but to do those things on our own.”

    There is no requirement to disavow or forget our history if we cut our formal ties to the monarchy.

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