Saturday, April 30, 2011

Liberal Decline

The post mortems on this election are beginning.  Two topics are of particular interest: the NDP wave in Quebec (and, one should add, Atlantic Canada) and Liberal decline.

Too much of the blame for Liberal decline is attributed to Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff but he deserves some of it. The roots of Liberal decline are long-term and complex. TC wrote a series of posts about Liberal decline last year in June and July. Much of the analysis stands up reasonably well. Here are links to that series:
The Liberal Party in Decline: Part One - The Early Years
Part Two: The Chrétien Era
Part Three: The NDP Revives
Part Four: Conclusion