Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Disappointing

"Liberal brass broadens leadership consultation beyond caucus, executive." Yes, they did and here's the report from CP:
The federal Liberals will broaden the consultation process for choosing a new federal leader, rather than leave the choice strictly in the hands of Grit MPs and senators.

The executive will still consult with the national caucus, but will also canvass the opinions of riding presidents, defeated candidates and the presidents of the party's student, women's, seniors and aboriginal clubs before choosing an interim leader to replace Stephane Dion.

That means over 800 Liberals will get a chance to weigh in on the leadership question, rather than just 77 MPs and 58 senators.

However, thousands of rank and file party members will still have no say.
The Globe is reporting December 17 as the date by which the interim leader would be selected, i.e., just over a week from now.

It's likely that the riding presidents would be interested in taking into account the views of riding members and I'm sure there will be a flurry of members interested in expressing their views. According to blogger John Laforet, the riding presidents are quite concerned about defending the members' rights. So it would be a suggestion for each of the riding presidents to make themselves available in the riding by email or telephone and allow for members to convey their choice. That way at least the riding choice could reflect the membership. It doesn't appear that there would be anything to preclude such consultations. Given that there are approximately 800 plus people voting, however, the 308 riding presidents are still outnumbered in the process.

A compromise to give a nod to the notion of an expanded consultation that won't do much to mollify members who can't vote. Not ideally the things a political party should be compromising about. That constitution needs a big amendment, one that would likely pass quite handily.

Update: That was me being restrained, btw...:)

And cue the likely result:
Liberals close to Rae said the former Ontario premier will now have to consider whether there's any point to forcing a final confrontation with frontrunner Michael Ignatieff, his old friend and onetime university roommate, or simply bow out of the race now.