I am finding it fascinating to go through some of our Party's history.
How about some information about the length of some of the previous Liberal Leadership races?
•Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King announces his retirement on January 20, 1948 -- Liberal Leadership Convention takes place August 7, 1948 (less than 8 months)
•Prime Minister St. Laurent announces his retirement on September 5, 1957 -- Liberal Leadership Convention takes place January 16, 1958 (a little more than 4 months)
•Prime Minister Lester Pearson announced on December 14, 1967 -- Liberal Leadership Convention takes place April 6, 1968. (less than 4 months later (including Christmas Holidays))
•Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau announces his retirement February 29, 1984 -- Liberal Leadership Convention takes place June 16, 1984 (about 3.5 months)
•John Turner announces his retirement May 1989 -- Liberal Leadership Convention takes place June 23, 1990 (about one year)
•Jean Chretien announces his retirement October 2002 -- Liberal Leadership Convention takes place November 14, 2003 (a really long time!!!! So long, that we changed the constitution to prevent it from happening again!!!)
•Paul Martin announces his retirement March, 2006 -- Liberal Leadership Convention takes place December 2–3, 2006 (8-9 months)
•2009, Stephane Dion resigns -- Well we all know what happened after that. We still haven't had a leadership
A couple of other things:
When Lester Pearson ran during the 4 month, Leadership Campaign in 1958, there were :
•no (useful) computers
•no Facebook, Twitter or text messaging
•no cell phones
•no live TV debates
•no live voice broadcasts
•largely propeller commercial airplane travel
•limited nation-wide television
So my questions are:
1.With all of the new advances in communication and travel, why have our leadership races gotten longer, instead of shorter?
2.With the changes in leadership finance legislation, why have leadership races gotten longer and not shorter?
3.With the obvious decline in the Liberal donor pool, why have leadership races gotten longer and not shorter?
4.With the need to focus on rebuilding the Party, why are we planning a longer leadership race and not a shorter one?
5.With Liberals already fractured and ready to split to other parties or out of politics entirely, why are we looking to have a longer and potentially further divisive leadership race and not a shorter race where candidates have less time to build up resentment and entrenched factions?
6.With the Constitution clearly requiring a convention no later than December 17th, why are we looking at potentially a Fall 2012 or spring 2013 leadership convention?
So tell me again why we need 12-24 months to have this leadership race?