Friday, December 03, 2010
Ralph Goodale for the Liberal Leadership
The other day I was watching Parliament’s Question Period. Ralph Goodale was standing in for Michael Ignatieff who was absent. Watching QP it occurred to me, why isn’t Ralph Goodale leader of the Liberal Party? He’s articulate, presents himself well, and knows both government and the Liberal Party well, as a longtime MP and having served in Cabinet.
Goodale has a certain common-touch, he looks like someone you’d meet at the local Tim Hortons. Also, being an MP from Western Canada where the Liberals are not that strong, he could potentially bring significant gains for the party in that region. Furthermore, he’s shown that he can work with different leaders having served in senior posts under Paul Martin, Stephane Dion, and Michael Ignatieff.
Ignatieff has not been performing well in the polls or in the public arena. After the next election – whenever that may be – I have a strong feeling that the Liberals could be in for another leadership race. I hope, in such a situation, that Goodale is given serious consideration. Recommend this post