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“No Policy Discussion” Said The Joker To The Thief

March 16, 2009

It looks like the Liberals have a new surefire policy to win the next election: don’t talk about policy.

The federal Liberals will hold a major policy convention in early May, but they are refusing to discuss policy ideas and say they are avoiding making any policy suggestions that the governing Conservatives can copy in the next election.

They say they are keeping their still-developing campaign platform top secret in order to keep the focus squarely on the government amidst the rapidly deteriorating economy.

Yeah, because that’s totally the tactic that that Jean Chretien, Mike Harris, and even Stephen Harper used to crawl out of opposition.


It looks like the reasons to not talk about policy stems from the Green Shift:

The Liberal Party learned a hard lesson under former leader Stéphane Dion (Saint-Laurent-Cartierville, Que.), who released the main plank of the party’s platform, the Green Shift, a plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by putting a price on carbon, last June, four months before the federal election.

But here’s the thing: not talking about policy shouldn’t have been the hard lesson’s result. The big problem with the Green Shift is the fact it was many policies wrapped in a package that it was hard for people to understand properly. The Green Shift was really a tax reform policy, environmental policy, and anti-poverty policy wrapped into one, and should should have been packaged as three simple policies instead of one complex one.

So really, the lesson should have been about the presentation of policy, not the absence of it.

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  1. Courage, My Friends
    March 16, 2009 at 5:21 pm

    You know, that sounds like a really dumb idea, but I kind of understand it. Considering the idiotic policies the Liberals usually come up with, maybe it’s smart if they don’t talk about them. Of course, only stupid voters would vote for a party that refused to discuss its platform.

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