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Biennial LPC Convention – Day 3 Impressions

A very early start to the day (7 am) when I visited the Breakfast Suite for Leanne Bourassa, one of the National Membership Secretary candidates (at the time – more on that later). I’ve known of Leanne for a while now, and she seems to have known of I and of bloggers in general, thugh we haven’t figured out yet where our paths would have crossed in the past. At any rate, I sat down there to a welcome breakfast and juice. I was joined eventually by fellow blogger Jeff Jedras, and we both were given time by Leanne to chit-chat for quite a bit, even though she had a very busy crowd coming in to say hello to her. It was interesting to observe/listen and even chat to some of the delegates coming in; a fair # of them said that they had been undecided, but that Leanne’s speech (one of those I purposely missed as mentioned yesterday) had impressed them to change their mind. I came away out of that meeting thinking she had a good shot at winning, if the small sample size I heard was any refelection.

– There were some forums going on in the Main Hall. Strategy and tactics was one presented by Kate Telford, a key Justin Trudeau strategist you’ll hear a lot more from as election day 2015 closes in. Another one I liked was one dealing with trying to reach out to young voters and gettng them the message (through new social media means) and motivating them to vote. This presenter strongly urged not to discount e-voting at home. I’m not closed to that idea, but as I and my fellow bloggers agreed upon, show us a secure way to e-vote and we’d consider it; its not there right now.

– As an aside to the social media means, talking to some of the delegates I did, explaining who I was and the group I was a part of, the reactions I have currently gotten here have been either “thats wonderful” or “I didn’t know the LPC was doing that”, or “blogs?” or a combination thereof. That could be because of the age gap generation on this… kind of a reflection of the discussion that our own delegates, those you’d think would e most attuned to politics and lookign for political opinion and such online, were unaware of bloggers being here, blogs in general etc (the younger crew did know who we were and some of them do read tyhose of us who were here and did know we had been accredited – but there are not enough of those people)

– A roundtable of Premiers and Provincial Liberal leaders moderated by former leader Bob Rae was well attended in the Main Hall (standing room only). The theme to that was the Premiers and provinces would like to be a partner with the Federal Government, but under Stephen Harper were not receiving it.

– The Justin Trudeau Speech to the Main Hall was a very powerful, forceful attack on Prime Minister Harper’s abandonment of his ideals and principles from earlier in his young political career – all for the sake of gaining and maintaining power. It also questioned his judgement (and the appointment of Senators Brazeau, Duffy and Wallin figured proominently here). We see the hint of the theme (or part of it) that the Liberals will possibly use in the 2015 campaign.

– Lastly, the vote for President of the LPC and the Membership Secretary: Your winners were Leanne Bourassa for Membership Secretary and Anna Gainey for the Presidency – both by about 1400 – 1500 to 800/900 votes over Imra Khan and Brian Rice and Imraf Khan respectively. A congratulations to all candidates, for thweir hard-fought campaigns.

Tomorrow is the last day, and one I wont be able to give you a full report in person, as I leave half way through it to catch a train home, but I’ll do my best to fill in the rest of the day from following them on the train via Wi-Fi internet

3 comments to Biennial LPC Convention – Day 3 Impressions

  • Thanks for the great coverage of the convention — I have appreciated reading about what has been happening and your views on the events.

  • Brammer

    The objectives are great – the more votes the better. But…

    1) E-vote is not and should never be instituted within the current iterations of NSA and CSEC for obvious reasons.

    2) Even if you could guarantee that a vote is delivered securely, how do you guarantee that it was actually cast by the voter? There are many family situations where the father would tell his wife and children how to vote, or do it for them. I have witnessed such attempts at my polling station (the returning officer put an end to it).

  • Ron Wallerq

    “I’m not closed to that idea, but as I and my fellow bloggers agreed upon, show us a secure way to e-vote and we’d consider it; its not there right now.”

    There’s a lot of paranoia about e-voting among older activists. But obviously if a person can bank online as well file their taxes, get birth certificates for newborns, etc., obviously the technology is there.

    It should be noted that the Harper Government put up a huge road block to e-voting in its “Fair Elections Act.” Why? Because e-voting would increase voter participation, especially among the young, and that would take away the voter turn-out advantage Cons presently enjoy. (Con voters would turn up to vote in the middle of a hurricane…)

    The Cons also killed an e-voting pilot project Elections Canada was setting up for the same reasons (with a huge reduction in funding.)

    E-voting and electoral reform are the only issues that matter if the goal is to ensure the actual will of Canadians is carried out (which is to build a just society instead of tearing it down.) It’s also needed to stop the Cons from becoming Canada’s natural governing party against the will of the vast majority of Canadians.

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