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Letter: Non-party status for Liberals far from a death knell

Liberals will bounce back, says reader
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Reader D’Arcy Closs says that while losing official party status is not a highlight in the history of any party to be declared non-status, it’s far from a death knell.

 

A lot had been made by the press after this last provincial election, with the Liberals being reduced to a so-called non-party while Doug Ford and the Conservatives (we can’t really call them “progressive” anymore, can we?) likely celebrated with a party.

But I seem to recall the federal Conservative party suffering an even worse fate, winning two of a possible 295 seats under Kim Campbell in 1993, yet they’re still here and doing well enough, though it took a bit of time to bounce fully back.

As citizens, we must remember that the press are inclined to a certain amount of headline-grabbing sensationalism, and bugling out the non-party status of the Liberals is really just a way to get readers’ attention.

That sensationalism could be tempered if media articles simply explained that all non-party status means is that said non-party lose some funding for research (how much “research” is a political party even doing?), and have to ask, probably politely, the house speaker if they can be heard or not in that house.

So, while it’s not a highlight in the history of any party to be declared non-status, it’s far from a death knell, and just as the seasons go ‘round and ‘round and the painted ponies go up and down, so will the fortunes of the Liberal party.

D’Arcy Closs
Sudbury




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