With some time having passed since the municipal elections, there is some space from the euphoria (or disappointment depending on the candidate) of election time to assess what the results mean. Saint John is a city beset by significant challenges -- including a costly pension plan, the need for social housing, cuts to mass transit that hurt the poor and the costs of maintaining city infrastructure.
Leadership races are happening in the U.S. and Canada and for most voters and partisans, while winning elections are important, it is also about what kind of policies will be implemented. Most people want to support more than just a political party; they want to support a movement based on clear values.
If Liberals are to be a viable force in 2014, they need to offer a clear and progressive agenda to differentiate themselves from the Tories and stave off a potential NDP challenge. Minimum wage is an issue where Liberals can clearly show they are a progressive party, standing up for those who need a voice in the halls of power.