An article from February 2006 in the Hill Times written by Angelo Persichilli on the troubles of the Liberal Party. An interesting read that still rings true today. h/t Wilson in a comment at BLY.
"The reality is that the Liberal Party, once a political powerhouse that could always find the right strategy to hold on to power, is now in such bad shape that it doesn't even know the difference between government and opposition, left and right, or right and wrong.
Since Pierre Trudeau had the "walk in the snow" exactly 22 years ago (Feb. 29, 1984), the Liberals are confused about what leadership is all about.
They preferred John Turner over Jean Chrétien in 1984 and were decimated. They had it right in 1990 with Jean Chrétien, the person who brought them to government and held on for 10 years. But they changed their mind and unceremoniously kicked him out, believing that Paul Martin was their new messiah.
We know what happened after that.
The difference between now and when Pierre Trudeau left is huge. Back then, the Liberals were only looking for a new leader. But now, they are looking for a party that only exists on paper.
In fact, during their 13 years in power, thanks to the divisions on the right, they did not realize the seriousness of their problems. Power is like a drug: it makes you believe that everything is beautiful, even the Gomery Inquiry."