The National Citizens Coalition held a special luncheon with guest speaker David Frum this afternoon.
Our timing was lucky.
When we planned this event back in the fall, we had no idea there would be a federal election and certainly no idea the Conservatives would win the election.
Anyway, David’s talk was excellent.
One of the interesting points he raised was the possibility that the Liberals might seek to topple the Conservative government much quicker than pundits would have us believe.
Frum reasons that a quick humiliation of Stephen Harper in Parliament and a subsequent snap election might be the Liberal Party’s only hope of returning to power anytime soon.
That’s because Frum believes the impending Liberal leadership race will be a blood-soaked affair pitting Chreientites against Martinites in a civil war that will cripple the party for years.
Martin and his supporters will do anything to avoid that.
And just remember that’s essentially what happened to Joe Clark’s minority government in 1979.
Clark’s budget defeat gave the Liberals an opening to return Pierre Trudeau, who was stepping down, to power.
Can Martin pull the same trick?
What a scary thought.
Oh and Frum made one more brilliant point.
He noted that the NCC played an “absolutely vital” role in the defeat of the Liberal Party.