The dubious legacy of the accidental era of Stephane Dion is rapidly spiraling down the Liberal Party memory hole, according to the Toronto Star. From the infamous exercise in electorate misreading that was the Green Shift to the ill-fated coalition gambit that ultimately resulted in the installation of Michael Ignatieff, the purge of Dion-era policy initiatives is likened to “the housecleaning that follows a divorce.” There are “blunt” admissions: “I think the party did get badly off track,” says executive director Steve McKinnon, now co-chair of the party’s renewal committee. But there is also a cautious sense of optimism, or at least a growing belief that the worst is behind them, and blue skies – and a return to power – lie ahead.
Green shift? Sorry, doesn't ring a bell
Senior Liberal admits party "got badly off track" under Dion
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