Liberals will convene in Vancouver later this spring to officially ratify Michael Ignatieff’s leadership, but they will make few other decisions. Scarred by the Stephane Dion experience—whose Green Shift was announced early and torn to shreds by the time the election started—the Liberals plan to keep most of their major policy proposals to themselves until an election is called. “What your policies are going to be in an election are announced just before you go into it. You don’t want to provide an opportunity for target practice in the meantime,” explains Liberal Senator David Smith. Adds David McGuinty: “We are not going to go and give all of our ideas to this federal government. It is responsible for governing, it is responsible for delivering, and we will hold them to account, that’s how this system works. The problem up here is that people have forgotten that.”
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