Had appeared to be a golden opportunity for the liberals to demonstrate that they had turned the page and regroup after 2006 defeat. Instead, the party suffered one of their worst defeats ever, share of popular vote reduced to. Explanation on the surface is ran poor campaign with weak leader. But actually defeated rooted in failure to understand serious message they were sent by the voters in 2006 and their failure to implement even those changes they did recognize as necessary in runup to 2008 election. Their campaign in 2006 crap from start. poorly conceived and exectued. Liberals could reasonably expected a chance of power in 2008 election as conservatives won but canadians werent ready for full reign of harper and they were shut out of 2 biggest urban cities, and had slim minority. However challenge was large, would have to accomplish 4 objectives before enxt election. 4. create coherent vision for liberalism in 21stc.