Stoddard Online: The cycle of life is a complex maze of twists and turns that cannot be rewarded with immortality as a climax. One person dies, another is born, one door closes, and another is opened. Such is the reality of politicians and political parties as well.
It would appear now that Paul Martin is about to take his leave from parliament hill. Love him or hate him, can you really blame him? Much easier to leave now before the barrage of hammering starts from the new government. He will politely close the door as party leader, and allow the new door to open with the new party leader.
It is time to put a new coat of paint on the Liberal party. Time to sand down the surface, and smooth out the rough edges. It is time to look outside the box. If the Liberal party has aspirations of once again gaining the respect of the majority of voters across Canada, the opportunity now exists to put the wheels in motion. They are leaving office with a respectable amount of seats as opposition in the house. It is not as if they have nothing to build upon. They are badly in need of new blood, and thus, a transfusion is paramount. If the Liberals do their homework, and listen to the people, that new door will open and a new leader will walk through who will be capable of leading the party back to the promise land.
The Liberals need someone who is educated, articulate, and above all else, squeaky clean. Ideally, this person would have a demonstrated political background, with the ability to converse with foreign powers without compromise. This person would also possess a thorough knowledge of Canadian industry encompassing both small and big business, consistent with the diverse economic climate across the nation.
If the hierarchy of the Liberal party in Canada is serious, and willing to cast away some of the deadwood that they have harbored for too many years, they can make the right choice for a new leader. When the new door opens, reflective of available material to choose from, the red carpet will be rolled out for none other than Frank McKenna.