Site Administrator Of:

Supporter Of:


Looking forward to covering the NDP Leadership Convention

The NDP is holding their leadership convention on March 23-24 in Toronto, and they put out the word a month or so back that they would be accrediting bloggers to cover their convention. After some consultations, instead of applying as representing my individual blog, I decided to apply to represent Progressive Bloggers as an organization, along with my 1 moderator James Calder (who blogs at the Progressive Right) and Chris Slothouber, our webmaster/coder.

We received the word just recently that Progressive Bloggers has been approved to attend and cover the Convention. That involves a fair bit of things: we are allowed access to the convention floor, the NDP’s “Blog Command Centre” (which should be interesting), and all the exclusive parties and events happening over the weekend, plus a nice discount at the hotel the NDP is using, if we needed it (which I won’t). What it doesn’t involve is just as important: bloggers are not paying an overly exorbitant fee with little to show for it other then an “observer status”, or having to beg mainstream media to vouch for us – something another Canadian political party could learn lessons from, but I digress.

It will be interesting to cover this convention and compare it to the last leadership convention bloggers covered, which was the 2006 Liberal Leadership Convention, which I had the pleasure of attending. Since we will be there representing Progressive Bloggers as a whole, and not our individual blogs, I hope that our writings – if we do some, which I expect we will – will be overall observations of the Convention, and not as partisanship charged. We all have our biases, but we will try our best.

To my blogging comrades and political friends/foes, either there as fellow accredited folks, or as delegates on the nDP convention floor, I hope to see you there (will probably be there only for the Saturday part of the Convention).


Comments are closed.

unique visitors since the change to this site domain on Nov 12, 2008.