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Liberal riding and commission presidents should be accountable to their riding members over their votes.

The Liberals have a Convention in May, as you may know. Some are a bit concerned about whether anything of actual substance beyond formally ratifying Ignatieff as the leader is going to happen – particularly with regards to discussing/debating policy. That’s happening even with Liberals who I know were actual Ignatieff supporters at the 2006 Liberal Convention.

Today, Jeff has a pretty good blogpost up about his concerns about what will actually be happening at this year’s convention. The key paragraph for me is this one:

…right now any party member can vote for policy prioritization through En Famille. You have until tonight at midnight, although you wouldn’t know unless […]

True renewal or window dressing?

On this Sunday, just a brief comment about this announcement by Michael Ignatieff that there would be a renewal committee established by the Liberal party. It’s all well and good to establish a committee to renew the party, but this committee is comprised of the Liberal establishment as well as members of the Liberal caucus. I’ve no doubt they’re all qualified people, but if you want party renewal, shouldn’t you be at least putting on some actual grassroots members of the Liberal Party on this renewal committee – even a token one?

For example, why not appoint a member or 2 of the Young Liberals to this renewal committee?

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Liberals should replace the leadership convention.

I’ve seen this being mentioned elsewhere on blogs and in at least 1 newspaper article (though where escapes me at the moment as I search for it), but there’s been some talk on whether the Liberal Party should replace the traditional Leadership Convention (some would call it anachronistic) that uses delegates to choose Liberal leaders, with something a bit more democratic and a bit more modern – something like “One Member, One Vote”, where all party members would have the chance to elect their leader, and not just several hundred delegates (and allow those members to vote for the candidates from their own riding and even from their own home).

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Liberal 308 website now in operation.

A suggestion was made over at the Liberal 308 Facebook group that perhaps a website might be in order – not only to help spread the word, but to be usable for those folks reluctant to use Facebook. So, one of our Facebook group members, Clara Chang, took some initiative and created one.

She gave those of us who are admins over at that FB group administrative access at the website, and I thought I’d spiff it up a bit. Check the revamped Liberal 308 website. Yo can also get there now by clicking on the Liberal 308 logo in my sidebar, as I’ve changed the link in the […]

My apologies.. (and some brief political stuff)

..for being somewhat disconnected from blogging of late, but family matters have intruded again.. and that’s much more important then blogging, though I think we’re going to have some things solved as of next week, which will be a relief to everyone.

In the meanwhile though, the Liberal 308 group at Facebook is growing steadily since it’s creation.. and I’ve seen more then a few Liberal bloggers either join it at FB or support it publicly at their blogs. There’s quite some active discussion going on over there too, so if you’re a Liberal who believes that the Liberal Party needs to have structural and/or organizational reforms, and also needs […]

Liberal 308, or “10 + 3”

What exactly is Liberal 308? I’ll let Drew Adamick, the creator of this new group at Facebook, explain in his own words:

We need to rebuild and renew the Liberal Party and Liberalism in Canada. Liberal 308 is a pilot project for this renewal. What does Liberal 308 mean? It means that we must build and active and involved Liberal presence in ALL 308 ridings across Canada. It means that we must reach out to the Liberal grassroots for effective fundraising and policy development. It means we must change our attitudes of the past and set the framework for future Liberal victories.

The aim for Liberal 308 is to create […]

Shameless fundraising plug appeal (for the Liberals, not me)

I saw this story last night over at Steve’s place, where even he was impressed with the turnout and the welcome amount of money raised for the Dion fundraiser in Montreal.

Do you want to help boost that even more, Liberal and wanna-be Liberal members? Do you want to show that members of the Liberal Party of Canada are able to donate just as well as their Cons. counterparts? Want to help bring in more grassroots/netroots money and wean the Liberal Party off its corporate donations, which no longer works as a fundraising tool in this new era of capping donations from companies, corporations, etc?

More importantly, do you want […]

Liberals setup the Victory Fund, encourages netroots/grassroots participation.

Everyone knows that for the past couple of years, the Conservatives have been far and away the best of the political parties at getting contributions from their party members and others under the new campaign financing rules. The Liberals have been playing catchup for quite awhile.  Much of this was due to the fact that the party at one time relied heavily on corporate donations and not enough from the individual party members, and it has struggled to find a way to tap individual contributions. I think you’ll find with a bit of research that CPC members donate far more to their own party’s coffers then LPC members do.

There has been debate why that is, and I’m sure it will continue, but today the Liberals announced the first step in trying to remedy that financial gap with the Conservatives with the formation of The Victory Fund, which the LPC hopes will a) make it easier for LPC members to contribute, and b) motivate them to contribute.

I’ve added a new logo to my one sidebar where my logos reside – you’ll see it’s called victoryfund.ca. If you click on it, you’ll see it goes to a link where you have a lot of easy ways to donate.  I’ve noted these popping up at many other Liblogs sites, so perhaps the LPC’s efforts at getting more grassroots involvement is getting noticed and embraced by Liberal bloggers – many who have been asking for more netroots/grassroots involvement for the past couple of years.

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