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Benefits and risks

Everyone wants a more inclusive, open democratic political party. I’ve no argument with that in this article about Prime Minister Trudeau, Party President Anna Gainey and also National Membership Secretary Leanne Bourassa, (who wasn’t quoted in the article, but has posted her support of this on Facebook) supporting that type of reform for the Liberal Party of Canada. The risks comes with what Warren is worrying about over here – open it up too much and completely do away with the traditional party structure, and you get the risk of special interests hijacking the party to their own narrow agenda.

I’d like to see more on what exactly the LPC is proposing to do to minimize the risk of that before I weigh in either supporting or opposing this.

Postscript – apologies for the silence lately.. but to make a long story short.. I am now moved from Woodstock and residing in Brantford. Once things calm down.. I should be posting more stuff.

Update: Jim is a bit like me. Likes some stuff, cautious about the rest til we get more details on the nominations part.

Update 2: From a follower on Twitter: “I’m very neurotic so the risks worry me more than a little. Plus, will there be any reason left to be a member?”  – A very good question.. one that I hope the LPC National Board answers at – or preferably sooner then Winnipeg.




3 comments to Benefits and risks

  • Bluegreenblogger

    What needs to be done right is the tools to engage with all those supporters. The Liberals could easily BS there way through it, just by opening up the supporter category, then giving them nothing to do but send in their donations. Would probably win the next few elections without any actual òpening up`but when it failed, it would leave a huge stink. Better off to do an honest job, and settle in for a generations worth of governing.

  • Bluegreenblogger

    I think your worries are misplaced. We aren’t talking about a secretive process with a few hundred membership forms smuggled into the mix at midnight before a membership cutoff. We are talking about a conversation between millions of people. An actual mass-movement in modern politics! The Liberal Party can probably muster enough data on two million people to consider them supporters. That a little more than 3,000 per riding. So at the riding level, yes, a really committed candidate could swing lots of people who disagree with most Liberals, but not to the extent that they overrode local opinions. And if they did, so what? That riding was going South anyway. Roll up the sleeves for the next contest. Just look at what happened with Joyce in the last leadership. Without her efforts at recruiting in Leadnow and their affiliates, the Liberals would not have been an option for maybe a million Green and NDP supporters of democratic renewal in the last election. That is one issue, from one contest years ago, yet it helped transform the party’s fortunes. The writing has been on the wall since Joe Trippi wrote the book on the Dean for America Campaign. People like to have a voice, and they follow their own star when they are making political decisions. Involving those who are interested in policy formulation is spot on. I predict this will put the Liberal Party on top for 30 years to come.

  • I also agree with fundamental idea. But more has to be structured. So every e knows here it’s going. This is a huge undertaking for everyone and how it will effect all ridings across Canada.

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