The Commons: Save the Liberals


“We need to save Canada,” said the woman at the microphone.

A line of people stood behind her, waiting their turn at this Friday afternoon open mic session on the present and future of the Liberal Party of Canada. A man in a suit stood just behind her, taking notes on a large white pad of paper propped up on an easel.

The next woman talked about Paul Martin and balanced budgets. Liberals need to remind people of those days, she said. “That’s how we’ll go forward,” she ventured.

An elderly lady fretted that the country was losing its compassion. The Liberal party needed to bring back such virtues. A Lynden Larouche disciple took the mic and lectured the few dozen listeners on the Glass-Steagall Amendment and the need to overhaul the monetary system.

Consider these 15 minutes—whatever they amount to—in the context of a weekend (whatever it amounts to).

A young man lamented Stephen Harper’s refusal to listen to reason, his insistence on fighter jets and prison expansion. “You must be prepared for the next tomorrow, today,” he mused. The next gentlemen offered a short history of the term “Grits,” which apparently has something to do with sand. “We need to reclaim the grassroots,” he prescribed.

A man in a wheelchair, a former New Democrat, advised the Liberals to “stay the course.” A former Conservative, and a former police officer, offered a short history of marijuana prohibition in Canada and argued for its legalization. The next man implored the party to stand for “freedom and fairness”—namely the “freedom to be rich,” but the responsibility to do so in a “socially just way.” The man after that beseeched Liberals to be the “party of inclusion.” And then a woman from Calgary explained that the Liberals benefitted from being to able to take “the best from both sides.”

In the midst of all this, a young man stepped to the microphone and attempted an intervention.

“Truthfully,” he said, “young people do not care what the Liberal party has done in the past.”

So there. And perhaps four years from now, if the party can learn that much, six million or so Canadians will mark their ballots in favour of the legalization and regulation of marijuana. And these last three days will have been worth it.


The Commons: Save the Liberals

  1. Peter Tosh ~ 

    Some call it tampee 
    Some call it the weed 
    Some call it marijuana 
    Some of them call it ganja 

    Legalize it and don’t criticize it 
    Legalize it and I will advertise it 

    Singers smoke it 
    And players of instruments too 
    Legalize it, yeah, yeah 
    That’s the best thing you can do 

    Doctors smoke it 
    Nurses smoke it 
    Judges smoke it 
    Even the lawyers too

  2. Macleans is the only one fretting about pot….other reports are discussing Crawley, the monarchy, the wheat board, high speed rail….

    Sounds like a lot of the convention was missed….maybe in the bar.  LOL

  3. The Wheat Board?  as a gripping convention topic?  Ye Gods!

    • No, not gripping, but important to wheat farmers.

      • A few wheat farmers. 

        • 62% of them.

          • Reference, please. 

          • 62% of the ones who voted. They have yet to announce the number of ballots sent out and the number returned with a vote. 

          • Yup…same as in a national federal election.

            You only count the ones who vote.

          • Doesn’t matter how many voted for the CWB single desk. A farmer who takes all the risk of planting, fertilizing, and harvesting their crop must have the right to market it the way they see fit. If he wants to pool with others so be it, but if one wants to market on their own then they should have the right. No matter what Bob Rae and Ralph Goodale says. 

          • Well that’s your current Con ideology…..but at one time farmers asked for the CWB, got it and have been using it ever since.

            And as you can see, a majority of them still want it.

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