Wednesday, June 21, 2006

If you're a part of the solution, you likely caused the problem

The expression usually goes like this: "If you're not a part of the solution, you're a part of the problem."

But in Liberal land, you can be part of the problem, pretend you had nothing to do with it, turn around and offer solutions to anyone who will listen!

The Star reports that the Liberal grassroots are not in a good mood . While I'm not entirely sure how you determine this by talking to about 5 people (all from Ontario), it does contain this gem of a quote:

"This isn't an unusual problem for the Liberals. They always tune out the grassroots until they are out of power and need them," said Ottawa consultant Jamie Deacey, who co-chaired Paul Martin's leadership campaign in 2002/03.

But wait, it gets better!

Another problem, according to Deacey, is that since the leadership convention won by Pierre Trudeau in 1968 (and despite the 1990 convention that elected Chrétien), "there's always been an heir apparent, robbing the party of the necessity of really defining itself through a healthy leadership debate. There's been an accumulation of frustration at the grassroots who have no sense of being part of the party."

Do I need to re-emphasize that this guy co-chaired the heir apparent's Paul Martin's steamrollering of the grassroots leadership campaign?


Anonymous said...

Jamie Daecey was not the co-chair of the leadership campaign.

Mike B said...

I await the Toronto Star's correction then.

Perhaps he was the e-communications co-chair? (M&D inside joke)

Either way, he was a militant Martinite and his comments are pretty rich as such.