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Weighted and unamended OMOV passes.

Well, if nothing else was done at this Liberal convention, I strongly felt that Weighted One Member One Vote needed to be passed.. and it needed to be passed without adding a self-defeating quota into its equation. If you’re reading the Liberal bloggers who are at the Convention, you will know that weighted One Member One Vote passed, and that the Young Liberals amendment to add a 25% quota reserved for youth voters failed, both overwhelmingly, according to those observing the vote.

With regards to the Young Liberals and the elections for executive positions they were holding simultaneously, I understand that among the candidates that were elected, Sam Lavoie was […]

The media and One Member One Vote continued..

We will soon find out in a few hours whether OMOV passes (hopefully), and whether or not it will reserve a 25% quota for Young Liberals (hopefully not), but in the meantime, for those still making up their minds, the Toronto Star’s editorial this AM gives an endorsement to the weighted OMOV system:

Wisely, the Liberal hierarchy has chosen a “weighted” system similar to the one used by the federal Conservatives, under which each riding is worth 100 “points” regardless of how many members there are. The points are divvied up according to the percentage vote won by candidates in that riding association. So a riding association with just a […]

A blogging observation about the bloggers at the LPC Convention…

According to some of the folks I’ve talked to, there are apparently no Blogging Tory bloggers at the LPC Convention.

I know it isn’t because none were invited, as I’m pretty sure some were. Dr Dawg is there representing the NDP point of view, and there would be no reason to not invite any Conservative bloggers – 3 were invited in 2006.

Perhaps they felt it was a waste of time and money to not to be able to blog about all the divisiveness one usually finds at a leadership convention.

An observation about the media’s observation of OMOV

Most of the readers who read this blog know that with regards to the Liberal Convention and the proposed constitutional amendments that will be voted on, I’m very much in support of the weighted One-Member-One-Vote passing, and for the Young Liberals of Canada sub-amendment asking for a 25% quota to be included in it to be rejected. (By the way, I’m not in Vancouver covering this; I’ve been amused at how many people presume I’m there, but I’m not. I simply couldn’t afford the price cost to go out there. That’s another reason I’m in favour of OMOV passing; so all members have a say in picking the leader wherever […]

The Liberals National Director Rocco Rossi chats with Scott’s Diatribes.

Rocco Rossi, the recently appointed National Director of the Liberal Party, agreed to have a little question-and answer session with me – mostly to do with the upcoming Liberal Convention. He also wasn’t afraid to express his views on the One Member, One Vote constitutional proposal that has garnered quite a bit of attention of late. […]

Monday internal Liberal politicking on OMOV.

The Young Liberals of Canada successfully got the Liberal Executive to overturn the changes in the voting order for amendments and sub-amendments at the upcoming Liberal Convention. It was first mentioned over at Fresh Meat, and which Dan remarked about briefly. The gist of it is that the YLC’s sub-amendment asking for a 25% quota be included in any weighted One-Member-One-Vote voting system for picking new leadership of the Liberal Party will be voted on first, and then after being approved or voted down, the OMOV amendment measure then gets voted on. I’ve done some poking around to find out why the sudden reversal back to the original way of […]

Some more OMOV stuff, and more on those voting rule changes…

I mentioned in my prior blogpost how rule changes at the LPC Convention have now been made so that any constitutionally proposed amendments must be passed first, and then sub-amendments to those amendments would be considered second, and only if the original amendment passed. That led to some supporters of the YLC amendment becoming furious. I got accosted without provocation on Facebook in chat by 1 such supporter angrily claiming that the Liberal Party executive was trying to screw the YLC. Well, as per Jeff’s blogpost update today, outgoing LPC President Doug Ferguson responds:

I hope you will allow me to deal with this issue and why the Rules of […]

We interrupt this Easter break for an OMOV update..

I said blogging was going to be light this Easter Weekend, but this blogpost over at Aaron’s caught my eye. It seems he was reading part of the constitutional rules booklet for the Liberal Party, and it seemed to him to indicate that the One Member One Vote proposed constitutional amendment vote came first, and any or all sub-amendments to it – i.e. the YLC”s proposed quota sub-amendment – came second. He asked others if he was reading the rules right, and this comment came along:

“OMOV is voted on and then if it succeeds the YLC amendment gets considered as an amendment to the constitution”

I’m checking into that. […]

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 […]

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