Justin Trudeau has once again said he is not interested in the job of permanent Liberal leader. He made that clear moments after Bob Rae announced that he would stay on as interim leader but would not be in the running for the permanent job.
This presents a huge problem for the party that is trying to reinvent itself.
At this point Gerrard Kennedy,Joyce Murray,Martha Hall Findlay,Marc Garneau, Dominic LeBlanc and David McGuinty are the names rumored to be interested in the job.
These potential candidates would have trouble motivating their own EDA ( Electoral District Association) boards to show up at their summer barbeques let alone captivate the country to vote for them.
So unless they have a sleeper superstar ( Dalton McGuinty LOL ) it comes to begging Trudeau to take the job.
The Dilemma of course is if he takes the job it helps the Conservatives, if he doesn’t take the job Tommy Mulcair and the NDP will steam roll them in the next election.
It is sort of a ” your screwed if you do, screwed if you don’t” situation don’t you think?
In another few weeks the race will officially kick off for the Federal Liberal leadership.
A lot of discussion lately has been centered around who will run.Will it be Rae? Trudeau? McGuinty?
The better question in my opinion would be : Just what will the eventual winner be leading?
Will that winner lead a party which is on its deathbed and has little hope of coming back to life as the party they know and recognize Or Will that lucky winner have to be a good negotiator so that he or she can play a lead role in negotiating a merger with the NDP?
Recent polling of supporters would seem to show that they want the two parties to merge so that they can defeat the Stephen Harper led Conservative Government.
That decision has to be made before any leadership contest because it will help determine the type of leader needed to make any negotiations successful.
Of course merging is no guarantee of winning any election.
They have to prove they can get along together first before the Canadian people trust them to govern.
That in itself is no small order for two parties like the Liberals and the NDP?
Do the Conservatives care who wins?
If you believe the rumors that they already have ads ready that say elect Rae and he will do for Canada what he did to Ontario, then if McGuinty runs and wins they would simply have to change the name because as everybody knows he is making a mess of Ontario as well.
Trudeau? Not much different; Elect Justin Trudeau and he will make a mess of Canada just like his father did.
Unless they have some superstar with no baggage their only hope is to merge and I don’t see that happening for at least one election.
The party of Adscam always has to learn their lesson the hard way.