Thursday, October 01, 2009

Oh look, an election theme

Today Michael Ignatieff did something that Liberal leaders failed to do in the last three elections. He actually set out an overarching theme for the next Liberal campaign. Good on him.

As elections themes go, it is a good one. The agreement amongst Canadians that governments are a force for good runs deep in this country. Canadians do not want governments to be all encompassing but at the same time they do expect their governments to actively contribute to the greater good of the nation and society.

This idea has been a core Liberal value for over a century and it is a contributing factor to its great success in that time in winning elections and forming governments.

From a strategic point of view it is a good strategy as well. Stephen Harper has never articulated his vision for Canada. There have been hints which have lead to accusations amongst his opponents of a hidden agenda and hopes amongst his supporters of the same thing. Mr. Ignatieff might have just removed that luxury from him. Depending on how well Mr. Ignatieff continues to articulate and elaborate upon his vision the greater the pressure he will put on Mr. Harper to put forward his vision. If it is as bad or as good as his opponents or supporters believe it could make things rather difficult for him.

During the last election he took some flak for waiting until almost the last minute to release a platform. He could take more if he is unwilling to offer his own vision when his chief opponent does nothing but talk about his.

If this theme continues through to the next election, in the Spring, then we could find ourselves in a campaign that we have not seen in awhile. One that is actually about competing visions for this country.


Blogger Joseph said...

Good Post. One can hope, though Harper will do his best to make sure the debate all stays personal and in the gutter.

October 01, 2009 7:06 PM  
Blogger ottlib said...

God I hope so.

The Liberals now have plenty of ammunition to throw at the Conservatives. Their record is lousy and Mr. Ignatieff articulated that very well today.

However, he did it in the context of an overarching theme.

What a contrast that would be.

Mr. Harper taking the low road while the Liberals articulate an electoral theme and vision, hammering away at the Conservative record within the context of them.

That is a recipe for a Liberal victory.

October 01, 2009 7:23 PM  
Blogger marie said...

Why do the media try to be political strategists...

Because they are in Harpers pockets. Trying to save their jobs.
And I agree with both of you Joseph and ottib. Good post btw.

Now if we can wait until spring, we have the time to fix broken fences and the time for Canadians to get to know MI

October 05, 2009 1:19 PM  

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