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Rae the reformer?

Bob Rae said a couple of very interesting things regarding the reform and rebuilding of the Liberal Party over the weekend that caught my eye – the main one being his idea of opening up the LPC leadership race to a US primary style – but also his criticism of the riding structure:

Rae said the party must broaden its membership base, starting with taking membership forms out of the hands of riding presidents and the party’s provincial wings. “Ridings should not be controlled by small cliques or by people who try to keep people out because they’re afraid of losing control.”

…Rae indicated his own support for allowing “all Canadians who have signalled some broad support for our party” — not just militant, card-carrying Liberals — to be able to choose future leaders and candidates.
“If we speak for a movement, we need to build a movement,” he said. “Other parties have chosen a more restrictive route. We have a chance to take a more exciting approach.”

I like the tone of this speech. I wasn’t expecting this from anyone in the Liberal leadership race, much less the interim leader, so good on Mr Rae for at least proposing a slightly (dare I say it) revolutionary idea that the Liberals should consider.

There are other things he could be proposing as well to take it a step further – such as ending the protection of MP’s from internal primaries. If the local Liberal membership is not happy with how an MP is performing in Parliament or for the riding, then they should not be stopped by the national Liberal leadership if another Liberal wants to challenge that MP. I would assert that a little internal competition/debate will strengthen – not weaken – the party in that riding. I’d also like to see the power of parachuting “star” candidates into ridings severely curtailed. Let them earn the nomination.

8 comments to Rae the reformer?

  • stan

    I wouldn’t worry your little head about buying ads, you guys will have a tough time buying popcorn.

    • Beerbob

      Sorry, Stan. I’m not a liberal. Not a conservative, either. And not N.D.P. Some people don’t have to feel that they’re part of a “gang” to be a decent citizen. I just like to call out tribalistic little people when I see them.

      Of the three main parties, I tend to prefer the ones that aren’t contaminated with a mix of libertarianism and fundamentalist Christianity that are trying to make this country into a low-rent version of the U.S.

  • stan

    Until you liberals actually come to the realizaton that successful societies are built by people contributing to society, not just taking handouts from society, you will never raise enough money to be anything but a rump party.
    When and if the liberal supporters start becoming responsible citizens and start contributing to society, they will realize they are conservatives and will constribute to the conservative party and vote for Harper.

    It’s over boys, unless you can conjure up another Adscam where you can steal to fund it the liberal party will always be bankrupt.

    How are all those 2006 leadership debts coming along?
    Had any bake sales lately?
    How about a church bingo?

    Too funny, liberals thinking they can build new version of the Liberal Party without their traditional funding sources of corporate support and stolen tax dollars!

    • Beerbob

      Interesting. What were you responding to? I don’t see anything relevant, or useful in what you said. Just a bunch of snide crap. Why do you bother? You really should say the same kinds of things in public places, like a bar where people have their inhibitions nice and loose. You’d have a lot more fun there. Also, take it easy with stereotyping yourself. Cheap, lame shots at the libs with massive, meaningless generalized slurs and that nice little touch of chauvinism as in “It’s over boys” comes across like a real Sun media consumer. It’s just the same old crap over and over.

      Maybe the next thing to do is to try to have a political party that doesen’t need to buy huge volumes of ads to edge in a win, because it includes people rather than having a little exclusive club in each riding. Maybe Ray’s ideas won’t work very well, but maybe they will. Or some variation on them. Time will tell.

  • sharonapple88

    There are other things he cold be proposing as well to take it a step further – such as ending the protection of MP’s from internal primaries. If the local Liberal membership is not happy with how an MP is performing in Parliament or for the riding, then they should not be stopped by the national Liberal leadership if another Liberal wants to challenge that MP.

    Internal nomination battle — isn’t that how Jack MacLaren beat Norm Sterling? MacLaren may have won the riding, but he didn’t necessarily do this by being a better campaigner. He skipped a debate and said some… let’s call them impolitical things.

    MacLaren’s presence in the party have opened up questions of whether the Ontario PC has been taken over by the Landowners
    Association.

    Could something like this happen to the Liberal party? A “single-issue” group take over a riding association? It did in the late-eighties, early-nineties with the Liberals for Life, a group which tried to get
    anti-abortion candidates. They supported MPs like Tom Wappel.

    Now, I’m not against nomination races — Ted Hsu apparently wasn’t the party’s prefered candidate in Kingston — or against groups with issues from joining riding associations. Power tilted too far in favor of the top and away from the membership, but there are problems with opening up nominations in this manner — single-issue groups.

    I would assert that a little internal competition/debate will strengthen – not weaken – the party in that riding.

    Maybe. MacLaren won his ridings.

    At the sametime, the NDP found themselves in a difficult situation when Barry Weisleder won the nomination in Thornhill. The NDP wasn’t likely to win Thornhill, but Weisleder fit the riding like Randy Hillier would Trinity-Spadina. The party rescinded the nomination for undisclosed reasons.

  • Lycan

    It won’t matter, it is too late.

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