Impolitical: Attack can be the sincerest form of flattery #lpcldr

As readers of my blog would know, I have been supporting Joyce Murray in the Liberal leadership campaign. I have been proud to do so as Joyce has run a smart, positive political campaign from the get-go. She has emphasized her vision of a Sustainable Society with compelling proposals on environmental sustainability, a digital economy, ...

Impolitical: Late night: Scenes from a literature drop

Thought I’d just do a quick post here and upload some pictures taken during a literature drop in Parkdale-High Park by a few of we federal Liberals on a balmy Thursday evening in connection with an event we have coming up on the afternoon of April 28th, a “Spring Forward” political renewal fair. Some musically ...

Impolitical: Renewal: New #LPC Supporter By-Law

Matt Certosimo, the new national Membership Secretary has posted on Liberal.ca a request for input on a new by-law on how the party will go about welcoming Supporters into the party, the new category of party participant that was created at the January national convention. Here is his request: 3. There are three areas in ...

Impolitical: What should a future Liberal budget look like?

Paul Summerville took a shot at answering the question, in this speech that you can read at his site: “A 21st Century Liberal Budget.” So if you’re feeling a little put off or out of sorts today after yesterday’s Flaherty budget, maybe the best remedy is to start thinking about and working on a future ...

Impolitical: A Liberal spark in Toronto-Danforth

A Liberal spark? What on earth is she talking about? Well, cynics, this post is not for you. Beware, earnestness ahead. I have posted two communications pieces here that Toronto-Danforth Liberal candidate Grant Gordon has produced for his campaign. There’s a video where he gives an impassioned pitch about why he’s running and what he ...

Impolitical: Taking yes for an answer

A bunch of nice national headlines from the last few days. “The Bob Rae bounce: Liberals continue to gain steam.” “Tories Lead, Liberals Gain But Remain in Third Place in Canada.” “Liberals’ momentum gets boost from lacking NDP leadership.” “Federal Vote Intention Tightens.” “New poll shows NDP support plummeting in Quebec.” Things are heading in ...

Impolitical: Team Summerville update

Just a quick note here to highlight a positive development in relation to the upcoming Liberal biennial convention in Ottawa. Candidate for the National Policy Chair position, Paul Summerville, whom I am supporting, recently put forth a constitutional amendment proposal to the party to democratize a number of policy related elements in the party’s constitution. ...

Impolitical: Renewal: Constitutional proposals on removal of leader’s policy veto, etc.

Time to provide a bit of an update on renewal matters. Specifically, I would like to refer you to a few constitutional amendment proposals that have been submitted to the party and will likely be before delegates for consideration at the upcoming biennial convention in January (the full slate of constitutional amendments will be posted ...

Impolitical: Infighting

A rare occasion where I’ll agree with John Ibbitson today. He goes at both Liberals and NDP, so I’ll just point out the Liberal part I agree with: Someone should tell these malcontents that the one thing the Liberals absolutely cannot afford is a divisive, faction-ridden convention in January. Either the third-place party unites, or ...

Impolitical: Worth noting

A view on Liberal renewal from Andrew Coyne: How then to carve out a distinctive case for the Grits? The answer will lie as much in the way the party develops policies as in the policies it ultimately adopts. On both scores, it will need to capitalize on its own misfortune—to seize the opportunity that ...

Impolitical: Renewal: For Paul Summerville, candidate for National Policy Chair

In connection with the upcoming Liberal Biennial Convention in Ottawa in January, part of the proceedings will involve elections of new party officers to the national executive. Jumping right in here, as today is the day that nominations draw to a close, I’d like to share with Liberals who will be attending as delegates why ...

Impolitical: Renewal: Liberal primaries

The idea of a primary style system being adopted by Liberals for the next leadership selection is the focus of John Ibbitson’s column today. An excerpt: The party executive will unveil a series of proposed reforms in a report later this week, to be decided upon at the party’s January convention. One of those proposals ...

Impolitical: Renewal: More coalition building

Maybe it’s time to do a Liberal renewal post what with all the musings about the death of the party, debates over retaining centrism or not, etc. I prefer to put all that stuff aside to begin with though. This post is not about cross party coalition building as the blog post title might suggest. ...