Monday, December 04, 2006

How Dion won

Duncan Cameron considers how Stéphane Dion won the leadership of the Liberal Party of Canada against the wishes of the Toronto Liberal Establishment (which includes a dominating influence from the Canadian branch of the Lobby).  Dion is particularly impressive as he overcomes his underdog status by hard work and meticulous attention to detail.

Bob Rae was the guy Toronto was pushing, including commissioning bogus polls showing how electable he was.  Any Canadian would find this hilarious, and we have to seriously consider the fact that the Toronto Establishment was backing Rae because they wanted him to lose the next federal election.  The Conservative positions on a lot of issues, including the Middle East, suit the Toronto Liberal Establishment better than traditional Liberal policy positions.  It took the grass-roots Liberal delegates to make the common sense declaration that Dion – or either Dion or Kennedy –  was the only possible choice.  It is telling that the Liberal Establishment hack writers are all doom and gloom about Dion’s election, while random delegates interviewed after the convention were uniformly happy about the choice.  As usual, the Liberals in the field – who have to decide who their neighbors will be prepared to vote for – had to save the Liberals from their own clueless, or corrupt, Establishment leaders.