Name change fools nobody

Staff ~ The Amherst Daily News
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And Toronto Maple Leaf fans thought their team was bad - just consider the plight of Liberals in Alberta.
That would be the provincial wing, although it's well known the federal Liberals haven't fared well either in the western province.
That's probably part of the reason the Alberta Liberals even considered a name change, a proposal that has since been abandoned by the party that hasn't won in that province going all the way back to 1917. With a track record like that, one might expect all
ideas to be up for consideration.
David Swann, who won the party's leadership in 2008, said at the time he was willing to shed the name for a new one. Many Albertans associate 'Liberals' with Ottawa, Pierre Trudeau and the national energy program instituted by them decades ago and considered synonymous with Alberta getting ripped off by the federal government.
And just what's in a name anyway?
Apparently there's enough to have stalwart Liberals threaten to stop donating to any newly name party, thus the idea was dropped.
One must remember this is a province where elections have been a cakewalk for Conservatives for decades. In fact, the upstart Wildrose Alliance Party is gaining momentum, an alternative for voters that is somewhat right of what they consider freespending Tories.
The party might gain optimism from poll results released Monday that show the federal Liberals have gained momentum and are now neck-andneck - favoured by 32 per cent apiece - with the Conservatives, who had enjoyed a comfortable lead for the past
number of months. These are the Liberals, remember, associated with the sponsorship scandal, Jean Chretien and Paul Martin.
Something like a name change is unlikely to change voters' minds. Changing policies and personnel will go a lot further. And then there's the old standby of waiting until your opponent has been old and in the way for too long. Voters become suddenly willing to
try any other option.

Organizations: Alberta Liberals, Conservatives, Wildrose Alliance Party

Geographic location: Alberta, Ottawa

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