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The Liberal Scarf: Join the Alexandra Mendes call tonight and learn more about her plan to put members first!

Mendes has got momentum! With this great profile in iPolitics: http://www.ipolitics.ca/2012/01/10/alexandra-mendes-my-priorities-if-i-am-elected-president-of-the-lpc/ talking about putting members first, and her solid plan to engage and empower Young Liberals: http://www.alexamendes.ca/en/blog/5-young-liberals-les-jeunes-liberaux Alexandra Mendes would like to invite you to her conference call tonight to have your say and hear how she wants to put members first! Grab your call in number here: http://www.facebook.com/events/229623607115780/ And register here if you want to ask a question: http://apps.calliflower.com/conf/show/278965?conf_key=74c6046f60904b28693edb3150a605267b6b7fe5 Looking forward to seeing you all there!

The Liberal Scarf: Empowering and engaging Young Liberals – Alexandra Mendes’ plan for youth

Alexandra Mendes has a proven track record of Young Liberal engagement, including having her successful 2008 election campaign being managed by a Young Liberal! She knows the strength and abilities Young Liberals can show if given responsibility and empowerment. Read here about Mendes’ plan for youth! http://www.alexamendes.ca/en/blog/5-young-liberals-les-jeunes-liberaux

“Young people in politics, as in all other facets of civil society, offer us a daring, optimistic and creative energy that we must embrace if we want to truly reflect our communities.

No party, in fact, no organization can be truly vibrant and relevant without fully engaging these sources of power

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CalgaryGrit: The Presidential Election

For somewhat inexplicable reasons, the race for Liberal Party president has been generating more ink in recent weeks than the race for leader of the opposition. And if you’re going to this weekend’s convention in Ottawa, you’re probably getting 5 or 6 calls a day from candidates asking for your support.

Given the importance of this vote and the impressive field of candidates, I didn’t rush into a decision, and I encourage any undecided delegates out there to do their research before voting. Read pamphlets, e-mail the candidates, and talk to them at convention. Ask them tough questions, and press

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The Liberal Scarf: Alexandra Mendes on renewal!

Some great stuff coming out of Alexandra’s campaign in the run up to the Convention. Here is her new piece on party renewal, and building a democratic framework http://www.alexamendes.ca/en/blog/4-renewal-le-renouveau Fellow Liberals,

As 2012 dawns with the promise of renewal the start of a new year offers us, I would like to share with you some of my thoughts on what our beloved Party has to do to turn this promise into genuine change for the better.

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The Liberal Scarf: Alexandra Mendes on the record

Here’s a collection of the questions and answers given to Alexandra Mendes last night on her Facebook chat. I’ve edited a couple for length and clarity slightly, and in a couple cases either combined or omitted a part of a question which asked the same general points repeatedly. I’ve also, in the interest of privacy, omitted names. It should give you a good idea about where Alexandra stands on some important issues in Liberal rebuilding, and her emphasis on listening to where the membership wants her as President to go, rather than imposing a top-down vision onto the grassroots. Q:

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The Liberal Scarf: Join Alexandra Mendes on Facebook tonight!

http://www.facebook.com/events/308882749144744/

Come join over 100 of your fellow Liberals in a Facebook chat with Alexandra Mendes, candidate for Liberal Party President!

All you have to do is like Alexandra’s Facebook page, then start asking questions at around 8 pm on her wall!

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Alexandra-Mend%C3%A8s/44955761430

The Liberal Scarf: What does it take to be president? Alexandra Mendes knows

To me, an important part of the job of President of the Party is to know what the job is and isn’t. It’s an organizational role, one that requires communications and the ability to build bridges to get the job done. What it is not is a spokesperson position. The President must never become a bigger story than the party and the caucus. Alexandra Mendes understands the role and responsibilities of being LPC President, and brings a proven track record of experience and results. Here’s what Alexandra has to say about the job of President:

“The race for president of

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The Liberal Scarf: Experience to get the job done – Alexandra Mendes’ proven track record

In this time of Liberal rebuilding, the Party President must work for,and be accountable to the membership. It is not enough to simply chairmeetings or to be a talking head on TV, a President must have thepassion and experience for organizational management required to takeon the heavy tasks of rebuilding our party.

Alexandra Mendes has that passion and experience.

Within the party, Alexandra has demonstrated her management experiencein the myriad of roles she has played – working her way up through theparty, going all the way from a local riding volunteer, to a riding

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The Liberal Scarf: Fantastic cross Canada support for Alexandra Mendes!

Check out what great Liberals from across Canada are saying about Alexandra Mendes! http://www.alexamendes.ca/en/blog/2-endorsements-appuis

Support for Alexandra Mendes is growing in every province. Liberals are choosing Alexandra because of her proven ability to take a member-driven organization and turn it around to make it financially successful. Liberals are choosing Alexandra because her experience as a riding association president and as a Member of Parliament give her valuable insights into how the party works and what is needed to support a riding and win a riding. Liberals are choosing Alexandra because she is more interested in listening to the

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The Liberal Scarf: Last day to sign an intent to stand as a delegate form for Biennial!

http://convention.liberal.ca/elections/notice-of-intent-form/ Want to help rebuild the party? Today is the last day to sign an intent to stand as a delegate form! Just click the above link, and fill out the simple form! Together we can make history! And if you’re undecided about who to support for exec board positions like President, take a look at some info on my choice for best candidate, Alexandra Mendes! http://www.alexamendes.ca/en/about http://www.facebook.com/pages/Alexandra-Mend%C3%A8s/44955761430 http://twitter.com/#!/AlexandraBrLP http://twitter.com/#!/TeamEquipeAlexa Please sign the form and check out some info on a great candidate!

The Liberal Scarf: Alexandra Mendes talks about winning together

http://www.alexamendes.ca/fr/blogue/1-the-will-to-change-united-vouloir-changer-dans-lunite A great post from Alexandra Mendes about the need for a united party and how to move forward together. In our rebuilding process, one of the most important things we need to do is stand together as Liberals. Alexandra talks about running a positive campaign based on her experience in bring people together both inside and outside politics, and her vision for how the role of President should act as a positive force for unity in the party. It’s a great piece, and I encourage you to check it out.

The Liberal Scarf: Why I am supporting Alexandra Mendès for Liberal Party president

The Liberal Party faces a difficult, but not impossible task in rebuilding and reconnecting with Canadians. Electing a new President and exec board is and important step in this process. We as a party have a few options in deciding how we want to move forward. We could try putting out big names from our past who have a controversial history. We could try to win people over with flashy platitudes and talking points. Or, we could support someone for President of the party who has experience in different levels of the party and Canadian life. Someone who is deeply . . . → Read More: The Liberal Scarf: Why I am supporting Alexandra Mendès for Liberal Party president

CalgaryGrit: Preliminary Thoughts on the LPC Presidential Race

Elections for Liberal Party President have tended to be mundane affairs in recent years. In 2008, Alf Apps was the only candidate – either because the powers-that-be made it known he would win, or because everyone else was too lazy to run. In 2006, the presidency was overshadowed by the excitement of the leadership race. Before that we were in power, so no one really cared who the party president was, perhaps explaining how Stephen LeDrew found himself holding that office.

But this year, there’s a veritable buzz in Liberal circles about the contest. Maybe it’s because Liberals have bought

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The Equivocator: Liberal Merchandise: Branding the Brand

Back in 2009 I got an e-mail that made me very happy then very sad. The e-mail, from Michael Ignatieff, told me that I could get a Liberal branded scarf. Unfortunately, to get the scarf I would have to donate $100. Now, I can’t afford a $100 donation so to this day I don’t have a Liberal scarf.

Since the 2011 election, there has been a lot of talk about the “Liberal brand” but unlike the Conservative party we don’t treat said “brand” seriously enough to take advantage of the merchandising opportunities the 144 years of Liberal Party history

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The Equivocator: Liberal Party of Canada Presidential Candidates’ Debate Report Card – Nov. 22/23

On November 22nd and 23rd I listened to/attended two debates of the four candidates currently running to be President of the Liberal Party of Canada. The first was a phone debate run by the excellent facebook group Liberals Rebuilding the Liberal Party (moderated by Gerard Kennedy) the second was held by the Ajax-Pickering Liberals riding association. The first was attended by all four candidates and the second was between three (Alexandra Mendès could not attend.) Here is a brief summary/report card on each candidate for the two debates.

Telephone Debate Hosted by Liberals Rebuilding the Liberal Party:

Mike

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