A compelling leadership requires a relevant vision. That's what the Liberal Party historically has provided Canadians. In the last few years, many Liberals have let their memories become greater than their dreams. Canadians want to hear about our dreams more than they want to be educated about our past.
After some much-needed sleep, I can now comment on the extraordinary things that happened this weekend at the Liberal Convention. One, the hugely positive buzz of a political party bent on renewal, and the buzz from the results of votes on policy and on people that contributed to that sense of renewal, were amazing.
The vote to include "supporters" and not just members in deciding the next Leader is one I'm proud to say I voted for.
I gave a speech to the gathering of young liberals this morning. It was a great turnout. I stressed the importance of thinking not of "left," nor "right" but the need to go forward. Contrary to some commentary I've seen, this party is very much alive.
Young Liberals are among the best equipped to modernize the party to achieve our goals -- after all, in the era of the 140-character tweet defining a party's message, who knows best how to master the hardware needed to win elections besides young people? .
I am very much looking forward to this Liberal Biennial Convention. There are more delegates coming here than to the past NDP and Conservative conventions combined -- right away, that's a great sign.
At this week's Liberal Party convention, my fellow delegates need to confront the uncomfortable causes of our party's steady decline over the past decade. We must acknowledge that we have a serious, self-inflicted credibility problem.