The last thing the Liberal party needs is more questions.
The question of who is responsible for the demise of the Liberals is at the heart of the federal election, and the Liberal candidates are now trying to find a way to answer it.
There is a common theme in the party’s election campaigns: it has been unable to identify who it is, and what it stands for, beyond its own electoral base.
It’s not an easy task to get the party to answer these questions honestly, as party leaders struggle to keep a lid on internal rifts, particularly over the future of the Liberal government.
“We’re not doing well in terms of answering the question of why we lost, why we failed,” said Liberal candidate Paul Calandra, who is seeking re-election in a riding north of Calgary.
“It’s a difficult one.
I think it’s very important to get that right.
I would hope that we would find a mechanism to address it.”
The Liberals are expected to field a slate of seven candidates in the election, including former prime minister Justin Trudeau, his son, Marc, and three MPs from other parties.
Trudeau’s son and deputy, Boris, is also running for the seat, as is his wife, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau.
All of the candidates will need to be vetted by the party, which has a strict no-contest rule.
While the Liberals have not said what they intend to do about the no-disqualification rule, Calandra has said that he will stand down if he loses to a candidate from a non-party.
He said he has been working on the issue since the election.
Calandra said he would be willing to work with any party that would be interested in the job.
“I would welcome any kind of agreement or collaboration to address this matter and to resolve it,” he said.
Liberal candidate Sarah Daley has been fielding a strong challenge to Calandra from the other side of the aisle.
She is running on a platform of economic prosperity, infrastructure investment and greater accountability, but the Liberals do not seem to have the resources or the political will to address the issue.
Calridas campaign manager, Jennifer Gulliver, did not return phone calls or emails seeking comment.
Calarie said the party is looking to make a more public commitment to address what he called “the issue of why the Liberals were unable to win the election.”
“We have to take a hard look at the way we ran this campaign and understand what the impact has been,” he told reporters.
“What has been done in the last month or two?
What was not done?
And how do we make sure that doesn’t happen again?
And, hopefully, what the party can do to address those issues is something that we can commit to and hopefully get on the record.”