POSTED RESPONSES TO A COLUMN BY JEFFREY SIMPSON IN TORONTO'S GLOBE AND MAIL

Well stated, my feelings exactly about Bob Rae.

It is important to emphasize that the Harper Conservatives are, and will remain, a minority party.

It is only this set of circumstances that have let them rule - not the appeal of their leader, not any clever strategies, and not the support of most Canadians.

This tells us we suffer a tremendous democratic deficit under our current system.

One could hope a government that mouths stuff about democracy would bring in reform, but we know that isn't going to happen.

One can only conclude that either a coalition or the effective death of one of the liberal (small "l") parties will end Harper's ugly efforts to abolish Canada in favor of the body politic of Texas.

We remain in as much of mess as when the insiders of the Liberals gave the party's leadership, as though it were private property, to that arrogant political nincompoop, Ignatieff, insuring that the Liberals could not come back.
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ďIt was Chrťtien that disabled the Liberal party. he was just as tyrannical as Harper is and set the stage for the Harper method of operation.Ē

Chretien was a magical politician.

Only Rae even comes close.

He had a charming public persona, and he was tough in private.

I can't imagine how else a politician could be so successful.