Saturday, May 14, 2011

"Within a stone's throw of it. "

We're getting somewhere.  LPC sent out a decent note to (I am assuming) actual members of the Party today, finally providing some information about what's going on.  They also released it to the public so one has to read some of the contents as not purely informational and in the vein of member relations, but public relations as well. 

For example, the following excerpt, particularly in this first direct-to-member communication does not seem entirely neutral as an explanation for this special process:
"However, so many members like yourself have called, written and emailed your Board members, asking that this Leadership Vote be delayed. According to your feedback, the overwhelming reason to delay the Leadership Vote is to allow for meetings throughout our ridings, regions and provinces in the upcoming months so we may together discuss and decide upon our future as a party and focus on serious policy and organizational rebuilding work before we turn our attention to our leadership choices.  Your Board has heard almost unanimously that this is best done free of a Leadership selection process."
For my part, I'd rather that we were already in the process of holding "meetings throughout our ridings, regions and provinces in the upcoming months so we may together discuss and decide upon our future as a party and focus on serious policy and organizational rebuilding work" instead of these delays and distractions. En tous cas...

Unfortunately missing from today's note are the actual amendments themselves (perhaps they are not entirely finalized?) and a call for riding level and other discussion of them in advance of the delegate selection meetings.  

To repeat what I have written elsewhere, I for one would like to know that a potential delegate understands fully the implications of an amendment passing or failing and their position before I vote to send them or others as delegates.  After all they will be expressing the will of more than themselves. (Some people do simply put their trust in delegates to "do what they think best" and that's AOK for them, but that shouldn't be the norm on which these things are predicated, in my view).

I'd rather they didn't seem so forced into it, but this communication is a step in the right direction.

3 comments:

  1. Craig ChamberlainMay 14, 2011 at 1:42 PM

    I'd like to see the Liberal.ca website updated from election mode -- as it is now, it seems as though we don't even have the resources to do THAT.

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  2. Am I mistaken or not.? Did they not vote on one membership one vote, for leader, not delegates?

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  3. A Eliz.

    It's rather confusing. But yes, the Liberal Party now no longer has a convention to elect its Leader, but conducts a "leadership vote" which is indeed a one member-one vote process.

    The Party still holds delegated conventions to conduct the rest of its business.

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