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Guest blog from Leanne Bourassa; new LPC Nat’l Membership Secretary

Cue the music: Carry On by FUN

The week before convention was a tough one for my team – tempers were running high, work and school obligations were pressing, we were spending more money than we had planned, I was travelling, doing founding meetings and still trying to be a responsible employee and everyone was just plain tired. So, driving to the airport to pick up Erich was a nice opportunity to shift gears and get into the “Convention mindset”. Things got even better when I ran into a friend from Law school and ended up with two passengers for the long, slow drive downtown. The guys hit it off […]

Biennial LPC – Day 4 (final) impressions

This is going to be a shorter post then my others I only was here til 11 am before I had to run for my train home and didn’t catch the constitutional stuff.. but thanks to the good flow of motions as done by the chairpersons (Maryanne Kampouris and Ralph Goodale), the policy resolutions were all gotten through ahead of schedule. I’ll be brief on those; I was pleased on a couple of things – the Basic Income Supplements measure(s) were passed, as was Section 31 on voting reform.. and one on looking to ban neocontinoids – the pesticide being blamed for killing off honeybees and other pollen-bearing insects. If […]

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 […]

Biennial LPC Convention – Day 2 Impressions

Where to start! A VERY busy day today.

-I know it has to be done, but the constitutional by-amendments opening of the Biennial was a tad dry. It was a good move to have held this in a smaller conference room. Less people there (as obviously they knew better). If I’m at the next biennial, or at some other party’s policy convention, I’ll know to skip this part.

– Despite the fact he was scheduled during a very important Canada – US Olympic hockey game, there was basically a full house in the main hall to listen to retired Lt. General Andrew Leslie remarks. I livetweeted this earlier on Friday […]

First impressions of #Lib14 Montreal Biennial

– There are a lot (I mean a LOT) of people here for a non-leadership convention. I hear it may be the largest of these they’ve ever seen.

– The powerbars work at he bloggers tables and arent in short supply – a dramatic improvement over the Showcase. We also have a pretty sweet location for viewing proceedings, but we’re going to need extra, ah, security or a sign so people dont steal our seats (that should be rectified, I am assured)

– For a non-leadership convention, the Liberals have gone all out with their big-screens and displays at this event

– As I said on Twitter, during the Larry […]

Almost Time For Montreal To Cover The LPC Biennial Convention

I was pleased to receive in my email from Andree-Lyne Halle (Comm Mgr for the LPC) a “Bloggers Welcome Note” for those of us bloggers accredited to the Montreal Biennial.

I’m also intrigued we’re getting formally welcomed and “briefed” by National Director of the LPC, Jeremy Broadhurst, on Friday AM. We’ve never had any formal welcomes before to any of the other conventions we’ve been accredited at, Liberal or otherwise – so I’m intrigued to hear what he will be saying. I’m also pleased to see the accredited bloggers have full access to all plenary sessions, policy resolutions sessions and expert panel sessions. We are also located in the Main […]

CPC Leaked Strategy Doc on Exploiting LPC Divisions Will Have Opposite Effect

You may have read this past week about the leaked documents the Toronto Star obtained that showed the Conservative Party hinting they will try to disrupt and cause disunity amongst Liberal Party members at the upcoming Biennial Convention in Montreal starting this Thursday (being attended by Yours Truly and other bloggers with media/blogger accreditation).

The part about trying to focus on Liberal “disunity” particularly caught my eye:

The Conservatives are also seeking to exploit cracks in the Liberal party “that are opening up again.” As proof, the document cites Trudeau’s early departure from a recent tribute dinner for former prime minister Jean Chrétien, along with Trudeau’s own decision to oust […]

Liberal Fundraising Up – But Is It At A Cost?

As you’ve seen on here if you follow me, the Liberal Party’s Biennial Convention is coming up this month. As you also know, I’ll be there as an accredited blogger to cover the policy resolutions passed, and the elections, and so forth. Since that has been known, I’ve had some Liberals email me from Liberal-land who say not everything is all roses with the record haul of money we brought in last quarter.

One specific quote, which I asked if I could do verbatim (provided I keep the person anonymous) was this, where the person said and asserted the following:

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LPC Biennial Convention: Basic Income Supplement proposal

I figured with a month and a bit to go to the LPC Biennial Convention in Montreal, which will be crafting and formulating policy resolutions among other things (and which, assuming I’m accredited, I will be there covering it as a blogger) I’d start focusing on a few things and ideas that interest me and which I think should/could be a major topic leading up to the Convention. The Basic Income Supplement proposal will be the first one I look at.

What is it you may ask? Basically this:

A basic income supplement (BIS) is a direct way of dramatically reducing or eliminating poverty in Canada by ensuring that all […]

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