Socialist elements have increasingly insinuated themselves into the Liberal party. So far to the left have the Grits drifted that former provincial socialists premiers Ujjal Dosanjh of British Columbia and Bob Rae of Ontario, who have been elevated to senior party positions, seem quite at home in a party that was once at the centre of the political spectrum.
Now they have thrown their lot in with the New Democrats and the trade union movement. Should de facto leader, that old socialist war horse Bob Rae, win the official leadership, god knows what form the party will take.
Under Rae’s leadership—abetted by the likes of Dosanjh—the party is likely to morph into a British-style liberal democratic movement. In the United Kingdom, the Liberal Party, after being in an alliance for some time with the non-labour socialists, merged with the Social Democratic Party—sound familiar?
Toronto MP Michael Ignatieff, who has been rather lukewarm towards the current Liberal-NDP coalition may be the single best hope of prevent such a bleak outcome. I wish him well in his quest for the Liberal Party’s leadership.