Last week, an emergency meeting of the Quebec executive committee, to discuss "non-existent" election preparedness. When I read that story, I wanted to chalk it up to jitters, an attempt to hash out organizational problems, a meeting to lay the foundation for a credible election fight. It turns out, the meeting was just the precursor for today's developments, namely an attempt to oust the President of the Quebec wing. What a mess (rough translation):
The president of the Quebec wing of the Liberal Party, Robert Fragrasso, could be forced to resign today...
The grumbling continues for the Liberals, where active militants criticize the approach of the President Mr. Fragrasso and Dion's lieutenant Céline Hervieux-Payette.
The motion today would be presented by Marc Belanger and Francis Xavier Simard, the two instigators of the meeting of last week. According to the constitution of the party, it would be binding and could force the president to relinquish his post. In such a case, an interim president would be appointed until the next.
Six months after Outremont and this is where the Quebec Liberals find themselves? Mr. Fragrasso is expected to survive the vote of non-confidence, but the optics are dreadful. Instead of preparing for an election, there is a civil war occuring, and it appears NOBODY is in charge.
No contracts for election signs, no phone lines for offices, no offices for the phones, many ridings without candidates, a complete and utter clusterfuck. Membership is now 1/10th the number under Martin, despite a 50% off sale to sign up (5 bucks).
Somebody needs to get control of this situation, it really is ridiculous, and it actually makes me entertain my "nervous nellie" side.
Knb has a different perspective, worth considering.