CuriosityCat: Massive Win for Democracy in the Liberal Party of Canada

Democracy is coming At our last convention our party decided to throw the doors open to Canadians by inviting them to join as non-member Supporters and to vote for our next leader. The response has been stunning. Our next leader will be elected by many multiples more people than those paltry few who elected our ...

CuriosityCat: The half-bold, half-timid Liberal Party Convention

There are three primary lessons from this Convention. First, the Liberal Party of Canada is well on the way to a renewal that will stun Stephen Harper (who believes he has hammered in the final nail on its coffin with the elimination of direct public political party funding), and disconcert the NDP when they discover ...

CuriosityCat: A Thank You to Alfred Apps

I have not always agreed with Mr Apps on how things were run during his presidency (especially on the ruling that to me seemed to deprive any member who wanted to be an interim leader of his or her rights under the constitution to run for permanent leader). All Liberal Party members and all Canadians ...

CuriosityCat: Two Resolutions that deserve to pass at the LPC Convention

I would like to recommend that attendees at our convention pass two revolutions which are aimed at empowering Liberal Party members and supporters. The two resolutions are: AMENDMENTS PROPOSED BY THE LIBERAL PARTY OF CANADA (BRITISH COLUMBIA) 25. Liberal members’ initiative Proposed amendment:  That the Constitution be amended to include the following initiative: (a) The ...

CuriosityCat: Liberal Party Policies: Problems with Proposed Amendments

The list of proposed amendments to the LPC Constitution has been released. There is a disconnect between the statements in the Roadmap to Renewal and the background paper regarding the need to remedy the democratic deficit in the LPC, and advocating boldness in doing so, and the proposed amendments. Hat tip to Paper Dynamite Online ...

CuriosityCat: Harper Tories arrogantly skating on thin ice

On June 30, 2013, we will look back over the past 18 months are realize that the month of November in the year 2011 showed the high tide of one political party, the ebbing of the tide of another, and the coming high tide of another. The Tory Achilles Heel: We will be able to ...

CuriosityCat: Liberal Party of Canada Values – A Comparison

Liberals will meet in Ottawa in January to debate the values underpinning the Party. So far, there are two documents which Liberal attendees can review to decide this question: the Preamble of the Constitution, and the section The Liberal Mission Today, from the Background Paper drafted by the National President Alfred Apps. The Primary Debates ...

CuriosityCat: Handy summary of the Liberal Party Renewal Plan – please pass it on

The media has been buzzing with talk about the Roadmap to Renewal and supporting documents, and Liberal circles are also astir. This quick summary gives you the gist of the main proposals, and also some good links. Please pass this on to friends and neighbours – the more the merrier! Links for you: At the ...

CuriosityCat: Loss Aversion & Supporters: Lessons for the Liberal election primaries

In an article in the Globe & Mail headed The heart of reason, and the reason of the heart, Janice Gross Stein reviews Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman. She writes: It is impossible to exaggerate the importance of Daniel Kahneman’s contribution to the understanding of the way we think and choose. He stands ...

CuriosityCat: Liberal Riding Presidents: Please table this amendment to the Roadmap with Alfred Apps on your Nov 30 conference call

What you can do to help: The Roadmap is a positive step forward (with a few wrinkles), but is deficient in boldness in remedying the democratic deficit in our party. Please ask your Riding President to table the following amendment to the Roadmap resolutions with President Alfred Apps during his November 30 telephone conference with ...

CuriosityCat: Liberals, forgeddabout Ibbitson & Have Your Say in January

John Ibbitson is the latest to weigh in on the Liberal Roadmap to Renewal, with the advice that those who don’t like the proposed changes should shut up and vote Yes at the January convention: All well and good, but there are more than a few influential Liberals anxious to pull you aside to warn ...

CuriosityCat: The Litmus Test for selecting the new NDP and Liberal Leaders: What will remove Stephen Harper

Two leadership races of enormous consequence are taking place in Canada right now: the overt race to select a new leader to replace Jack Layton, and the covert race to select a permanent leader of the Liberal Party. The electoral cooperation Pandora’s Box While many pundits and party members are talking about the policies (or ...

CuriosityCat: Liberal Roadmap for Victory – lipservice to real member and supporter involvement

Just spent some time reading through the accompany (non-official) document released with the Roadmap, and came across some really jarring notes. They have really taken the gloss off the Roadmap for me, with a vengeance. The cover letter and the Roadmap and the Background Paper talk in glowing terms about renewal, about a ‘new’ kind ...

CuriosityCat: A Magical Potion in the Liberal Roadmap to Power

Lost among all the attention paid to the proposed selection of the next leader of the party through a revolutionary made-in-Canada primary process is a potion whose magical properties will become apparent within a year. This potion is one of the core keys to the success of the Liberal Party’s roadmap. It is part of ...

CuriosityCat: Fatal Flaw in the Liberal Party Renewal Plan Primary Election of new Leader

The devil is in the details, and Peter Wrightwater of the blog Paper Dynamite Online has just unearthed a major defect in the Liberal Primary Election plan which could have major anti-democratic consequences. He examines the proposed Electoral College which consists of members of the 308 Council of Presidents (COP) and asks this question: What ...