Last Saturday I spent hours inside an uninspiring convention centre ballroom, watching nine (!) candidates debate as part of the 2013 Liberal Party of Canada leadership race.
It’s not a race to 24 Sussex, at least not yet. As a political entity, the Liberal Party is pretty beat up.
The media likes to make much of the race and polling firms like to give the media lots of material, with surveys about how candidates could expect to fare against the Conservatives and NDP in a general election, but that election is years away.
The real story is that it’s a race to lead a third place party, one that has had five leaders in the last seven years, and seen its seats in the House of Commons shrink to only 34 from 135 when it last formed government.
But that doesn’t make it any less interesting to those who are interested in moving the party and the nation forward, myself included.