Some Liberal strategists are trying to convince themselves that the problem is not their leader, but on their label. They’re pondering a name change, which can be a risky proposition. There have been many failures in the high-stakes world of rebranding.
Should they co-opt the old Social Credit name to rejuvenate the free enterprise coalition? Should they call it the Pacific Dogwood Party, after the provincial flower? Or just simply call the whole thing “Gordon,” for the first names of ex-leaders Gordon Gibson, Gordon Wilson and Gordon Campbell? (Maybe they could adopt the red, white and blue ball icon from the Barenaked Ladies’ “Gordon” album as a symbol of the liberal/conservative coalition?)
What do you think? What should be the new name for the B.C. Liberal Party?
The best, most creative suggestion for a monicker makeover wins a personalized copy of my new e-book, Red Mittens & Red Ink: The Vancouver Olympics. Deadline is noon PDT on May 12.
The winner will be announced May 14, which is, coincidentally, the one-year countdown to the next scheduled provincial election.
Vote early, vote often. Comments accepted below or via email to 2010goldrush (at) gmail.com. Be tasteful and stay classy, please.
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