Thursday, May 23, 2024

Chris Selley: Preston Manning’s cachet had faded, but there is no one to replace him

Parties don’t need figures like Manning, of course. The Liberals don’t have one. But Canadian Liberalism isn’t a movement; it’s just a tool for winning elections

Preston Manning’s retirement as head of the Manning Centre, which will occasion an unlikely “rebranding” exercise at the Calgary-based think tank-cum-political training school, feels less like the end of an era than the belated acknowledgment of an era’s passing. The annual Manning Centre Networking Conferences in Ottawa used to be an electromagnet for conservative leaders, would-be leaders, pundits, strategists, ambitious youngsters and rank-and-file supporters. In recent years, it very noticeably lost its pull.

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