Nor will British Columbians feel closer to Michael Ignatieff than to, say, Stephen Harper or Jack Layton or Elizabeth May, just because he lived a brief time in BC decades ago. This, despite reporter Steve Chase's spin that Iggy's having taught for two years at the University of British Columbia in the 1970s gives him "more than a passing familiarity with BC."
Two whole years. Back in the 70s. Teaching in the lofty towers of UBC. Pray tell, what did Iggy learn from his experience of our fair province?
"Michael's strongest takeaway from his time in B.C. was the sheer beauty of the province and the magnificence of the mountains," spokeswoman Jill Fairbrother said.
Yea, that's about what I expected.
As for the Liberal strategy for winning BC, according to anonymous party analysts it is "fairly straightforward." (Don't you love the quality of reporting these days?)
Mindful of the recession, they must recruit high-profile candidates with economic credentials. They should once again prepare a B.C.-specific campaign platform to demonstrate an affinity for the province. And, finally, to unite the centre and left-of-centre vote, they must sell the party as the only serious entity capable of defeating the Harper government.
Um, do you see anything in there about grassroots? No?
Well, that's peculiar. Because according to a former BC Liberal candidate, the Liberal Party of Canada has no grassroots, at least not in this province. And a party without dedicated volunteers at the community level is a party which cannot win the hearts and minds of voters.
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