A Liberal about Liberals: “Bizarre… administrative disaster… abysmal…”

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The Article

From the “Tell Us Something We Didn’t Already Know” file….

Key Liberal slams Martin government strategies

OTTAWA – The man the Liberals have assigned to assemble their blueprint for party renewal says the defeated government’s national daycare program was “a deathbed repentance,” the gun registry was “an administrative disaster” and the response to the sponsorship scandal was “bizarre.”

The blunt-talking Tom Axworthy, a former aide to Pierre Trudeau who teaches at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ont., also says the former government’s Kyoto policy was not only difficult to understand, “it wasn’t real anyway.”

“On file after file, we haven’t had bad ideas, but the implementation process has been abysmal,” he said in an interview with CanWest News Service. “A press release is not a policy.”

Noting Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s “intelligent political strategy” in Quebec, Mr. Axworthy said so much of the Liberal party’s support in the province has ebbed away that it has almost lost its raison d’etre of national unity.

“We’re in third place in Quebec,” he said. “Now, if that doesn’t occasion a rethink, I don’t know what does.” […]

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