There's one element to Liberal renewal that is rarely addressed. This subject came up in Montreal, from a non-partisan source and from my perspective it makes perfect sense. Ignatieff should refuse to sign nomination papers for some of these permanent fixture MP's, who's relevance is long since past and are representative of the tired entitlement that the Liberals need to shed.
It's a pretty sad state of affairs, wherein even partisan Liberals cringe when they see a Joe Volpe rise in Parliament. The Volpe's, the Jimmy K's of this world, these useless and ineffective MP's are nothing but a drag on the Liberal Party. They operate within their little fiefdoms, and while successive leaders realize their shortcomings, nobody dare challenge, for fear of backlash. And so, the Liberals are saddled with these fossils, a fact which detracts from the entire presentation. From what I gather, these MP's enjoy little respect in Ottawa and their presence betrays a party trying to change its image.
I'm not sure if Ignatieff can be so provocative that he openly refuses to sign MP nomination papers, but some behind the scenes nudging is clearly required. Most of these MP's in question sit in solid red ridings, so in the interest of "fresh blood" it's almost annoying to watch these characters float through, time after time. If Ignatieff really wants to send a signal that the Liberals represent a new, forward thinking entity, then it might be time to challenge the status quo. On the one hand, there's a certain top heavy feel to dictating a riding preference, but since some of these people seem content to stay on for an eternity, despite their low standing, a push is required.
Ignatieff needs to build the best team possible, and this idea of dead weight roaming the halls, is an affront to "renewal". It's time for Ignatieff to step on a few toes, bring in people that are motivated, fresh, more representative superficially and philosphically. Optically, forced "turnover" would send a powerful signal that the Liberals are relevant and renewing themselves. It's pretty hard to be a credible vehicle for change, when the presentation includes people who offer nothing to the cause and are frankly embarrassing.