A bit of this is in the story itself, but here’s an extended version of Ken Dryden’s assessment.
I think the current situation is basically the same it was six months and probably pretty much the same as it was the last few years. The public has been saying to us for some time that we want to know what you’re about. we want to know how you see the country and what a Liberla government would do.
That’s what the public is waiting for and we haven’t given them that answer yet. The other day, when Michael gave his speech on the day of the non-confidence motion, I thought he laid out a really strong case for an absence of confidence in this government. What has to happen next is to lay out a strong case as to why the public should have confidence in us. I think that’s yet to be done…
I think in the last number of years we’ve been too tactical. What are those things that we believe in? What are those things that make us proud? What are those things that matter to Canadians?
I only saw this research paper after the story had been written, but the exit poll data and demographics therein—and the discussion of Liberal electoral fortunes this decade—are probably quite relevant.