They have really taken the gloss off the Roadmap for me, with a vengeance.
The cover letter and the Roadmap and the Background Paper talk in glowing terms about renewal, about a 'new' kind of party and a 'new' kind of politics, and about involvment of party members and supporters and Canadians generally.
And then it punts all discussion of policy until 2014, despite this statement about what a real 'new' party would do:
Note the hint that ordinary members might actually have some say in setting the party's policies!
And it repeats the problem the party has had for a long long time by reinforcing that there are two classes of citizens in the party: the MPs in their caucus, and the rest.
And it reserves for the MPs all serious matters, while relegating to the rest of us a role as protest group for all non-important matters.
If this seriously reflects the thinking of the party brass and their buddies who drew up the Roadmap and Background Paper, then the renewal process is dead on arrival.
Consider these two extracts from the Background Paper.
On the rights of party members and supporters to have input on election priorities and our platform:
And on how our country is governed:
Thank you kindly, but no.
This not true reform. That is simply the same party elite rejecting input from members and supporters.
We should seriously consider rejecting the Roadmap and Backgroun Paper when convention hails around.