Pent-up, but also current Liberal bitterness
The Globe and Mail has unearthed and translated a devastating Facebook post by Janine Krieber, Stephane Dion's wife. Krieber has not been seen much since Dion stepped down a year ago; she did not show up at the tribute to Dion at the Liberals' convention in May (which was a bit surreal.) I did see her visiting the Commons about a week ago, led into the Opposition lobby by MP Marlene Jennings.
Her Facebook post speaks volumes about the state of the party (and has now, reportedly been deleted.) With thanks/credit to the Globe, here's the translation of the now-erased entry.
It's been a year and one week since I last wrote on my blog. Ah! "la présidente" is lazy. But we have to take action now.
The Liberal Party is falling apart, and will not recover. Like all liberal parties in Europe, it will become a weakling at the mercy of ephemeral coalitions. By refusing the historic coalition that would have placed it at the helm of the left, it will be punished by history.
Anyway, I became convinced of it the moment that Paul Martin treated Jean Chrétien so cavalierly. The party died at that moment. If the Toronto elites had been more in tune, humble and realist, Stéphane would have been willing to take all the time and absord all the hits needed to rebuild the party. But they couldn't swallow the 26%, and now we are at 23%.
The time for choices is now. I don't want to see the Conservatives continue to change my country. They are, slowly, like any dictatorship, changing the world. Torture doesn't exist, corruption is a fabrication. Do we really have the right leader to discuss these questions? Can someone really write these insanities and lead us to believe that he simply changed his mind? In order to justify violence, he must have engaged in serious thought. Otherwise, it's very dangerous. How can we be sure that he won't change his mind one more time?
The party grassroots had understood all of that, and the average citizen is starting to understand it too. Ignatieff's supporters have not done their homework. They did not read his books, consult his colleagues. They were satisfied that he could be charming at cocktails. Some of them are outraged now. I am hearing: Why did no one say it? We told you loud and clear, you didn't listen.
I am starting a serious reflection. I will not give my voice to a party that will end up in the trashcan of history. I am looking around me, and certain things are attractive. Like a dedicated party that doesn't challenge its leader at every hiccup in the polls. A party where the rule would be the principle of pleasure, and not assassination. A party where work ethic and competence would be respected and where smiles would be real.
Maybe I'm not dreaming.