Mike Murphy talked on Saturday about his Bid for the Liberal leadership Personally I think this is one of two choices that have any chance of reviving the liberals in this province with the other being Kelly Lamrock. Both of these individuals had issues with the NB Power deal though they chose differing ways of dealing with it.
The only other person I think that would be a strong option would be Stuart Jamison. Here in the above article Murphy did discuss his actions and basically indicated that the political fallout damaged his credibility. In this particular case I believe Mr Murphy to be completely wrong. Jamison’s actions may have damaged him within the party executive and backrooms but his actions endeared him to the general public, something which needs to be taken into consideration and something that gets far understated.
Another thing mentioned by Murphy is that there is a faction within the party (the article implies perhaps the upper executive) who wants anyone but him in charge and who some believe wants Donald Arsenault in charge of the party. This is something I believe is likely (as it appears that both the Fed and Prov Liberals executive likes to choose the worst possible candidate for leadership to throw their support behind.) For some reason the Liberal hierarchy seems hell bent on completely self destructing the party.
My suspicion is that if Murphy (or Lamrock or Jamison) were to win the leadership of the party the entire (or a large part of) the upper executive and inner circle would resign and this would for all intents and purposes be something that would be for the betterment of the entire party.
While I am not a Liberal supporter and while I believe the PANB will provide a solid part of the government in the future I also believe that we need the liberals to offset the Conservatives and to hold them in check and without a strong leader this is not likely.
It is also my personal belief that Brian Murphy (cousin to Mike Murphy) would be a much preferable option as Fed liberal leader then any of the normally mentioned candidates and that he would be far more likely to get the party back on track (as long as they got past this concept of one election then throw away the leader attitude that seems prevalent in the party at the moment)
So while I will continue to work to defeat both men’s parties in both the provincial and federal elections, I still believe that a good portion of their parties fate lies in the hands of a good clean leadership race (and preferably a good cleanout of the upper executive and party leadership in the process.) The party at both the provincial and Federal levels needs a complete rejuvenation that cannot be gained if the present attitudes and behaviours continue