Liberal past meets Liberal present
About 22 years ago, I began my career as a federal political reporter and this was one of the stories in the news at the time.
Liberal youth wing abandoning TurnerCanadian Press265 words29 August 1987
The executive of the Quebec youth wing of the Liberal Party will ask for the resignation of party leader John Turner at a news conference scheduled for Monday in Montreal.
Time has run out for Mr. Turner, Denis Coderre, the president of the Young Liberals of Quebec , said in a telephone interview yesterday.
Mr. Coderre, once a strong Turner loyalist, co-ordinated the pro-Turner youth movement at the convention that confirmed Mr. Turner's leadership last November, and was also youth organizer during his 1984 leadership campaign.
Mr. Coderre, 24, plans to seek the Liberal nomination in the riding of Joliette in the next federal election campaign. The riding is currently held by Tory Roch LaSalle.
The youth leader said he believes it will be impossible for the party to make a comeback from its poor showing in the latest opinion polls if Mr. Turner remains as leader.
He said his past unconditional support for Mr. Turner has wavered following recent statements by party president Michel Robert, who said this week that Mr. Turner has very little time to turn things around, and the call by MP Alain Tardif on Thursday for Mr. Turner's resignation.
Asked who he would support for leader of the party, Mr. Coderre indicated he would back former leadership candidate Jean Chretien.
Mr. Tardif, the only MP so far to ask openly for the resignation of Mr. Turner, will meet today in Montreal with the caucus executive and on Sunday a full caucus meeting is scheduled in Ottawa.