I believe that there is a deeper cause for the unrest in the federal Liberal party leading up to Denis Coderre's unfortunate resignation as Quebec Lieutenant and ill-considered words. The deeper cause is an insufficient focus on vision, principles and policies, and too much focus on people, political tactics, and the shortcomings of other parties.
Why do for-profit corporations invest resources to craft mission and vision statements? Couldn't they save some money by skipping that exercise? Couldn't "Let's maximize profits" be good enough?
It's not good enough. The corporation that does not have a mission and vision is more likely to fail, even at making a profit. There are always difficult decisions to be made when running a business. For example, there are compromises between quality and price. Or, managers must decide between investing in the research division or investing in sales and advertising. In such cases different stakeholders have competing interests and you need unifying ideas and a road map to help get everybody to pull in the same direction and build a winning team.
Back to the federal Liberal party. I believe that it's all too easy to focus on personalities and power structures inside the organization and external threats from other parties (and the press is happy to help with these) when we're not sufficiently focused on our vision for Canada, the principles our party stands for, and our policy proposals to serve the people of Canada. We have all of these. Let's work on presenting them to the people of Canada.