Yesterday, I proposed that the Liberals need to offer some substantive alternatives, that actually deals with the political climate, which allows a Prime Minister to act unilaterally. That post was met with a collective yawn, but I find some of the commentary today quite interesting, downright validating.
In the span of an hour, I heard no less than four references to my proposal, from interesting sources. First off, both Tom Flanagan and Rick Anderson acknowledged that the Liberals have done a good job to date, on this prorogue issue. Those kudos aside, the foreshadowing frame is starting to gel. Anderson said that this prorogue question will only be a "game changer", if the Liberals propose changes to the system. Mike Robinson agreed. The opportunity will be lost, in the final analysis, this issue will lose steam, if they fail to be a champion of reform. Wise words indeed.
Later, during the same CTV program, a panel of talk show hosts were debating the prorogue question. CKNW's Bill Good posited that the issue is resonating, but unless opponents offer something substantive as an alternative, it will fail to capture. Wise words indeed.
I then watched Ignatieff's townhall. Questions from the audience about our system of government, the issue of reform, what would Ignatieff do differently. Ignatieff later acknowledged that the students gave him much to think about. Wise words indeed.
In the media scrum that followed, Susan Delacourt asked Ignatieff if he would curtail the Prime Minister's whimsical authority. The obvious inference, what are the Liberals prepared to do, apart from complaining? We would be wise to ponder the question.
Everyone acknowledges, some grudgingly, that the Liberals are making a strong case, there's a new wind in the sails. However, rather than being content with the present reality, we would be wise to see where this story is ultimately headed, and today's recurring theme speaks to that looming fact. If the Liberals truly want to capitalize on Canadians disgust, then we have to offer a package of democratic reforms. We can debate degree, but our arguments will have staying power if they're armed with ideas, rather than simply criticism. In addition, for a party desperate for a reconnect with Canadians, what better way to seperate from your historical shackles than to be a vehicle for change, rather than the rigid institution, more part of the problem than solution.
My ears were ringing today. I hope people who actually matter noticed too, because that's when we can really entertain a solid "game changer".