With the notions of expediency and legitimacy as crucial, this concept is attractive:
"We need to get on with the leadership question very, very quickly, and I would argue within the next two weeks...
You could conduct a process that would take seven days. You start next Saturday with a nationally televised debate between the two candidates, in front of the decision making body. I suggest the decision making body should be the caucus, the National Executive of the party and the Council of the Presidents. That takes care of the representativeness, it takes care of consultation and it provides a wide spectrum of view within the party. So, you have a national televised debate, then all those people would be sent out to their ridings, for a one week period to consult their membership, their constituents. Then, on the following Saturday, there would be a mini-convention involving all those people. There would be speeches, it would be televised, open to the public. At the end of that process, you would have vote and you would have a national leader of the Liberal Party declared, after consulting the grassroots. The entire country would see it unfold, it's manageable and it's done within our timeframe".
Why I like this idea, it encorporates the "show" aspect, it allows the Liberals to present a public presentation that allows Canadians to see a form of democracy in action. Herle's strategic sense serves him well with this concept, a "mini-convention" is a perfect compromise. It's not one member, one vote, but it allows for real consultation, we would all have a chance to argue our views to what amounts to delegates. If individual people decide a vote in the riding is the best way to gauge grassroots want, that is doable, the idea is nimble enough to navigate. The riding representative then returns to express the feedback from the grassroots.
This idea also allows for the debate requirement, it allows for formal speeches on vision, and it gets it done by December 20th, providing plenty of opportunity for a new team to set up shop and establish a sense of competence and direction. Again, it ain't perfect, but it ain't bad either, this idea finds a way to hit on every concern.