From February 20-23, federal Liberals will gather in Montreal, and one of their tasks will be to elect a new national executive. Last week, I published interviews with some of the table officer candidates. This week, I finish with the candidates for party president. Two contested elections will be held for national board positions at the . . . → Read More: A BCer in Toronto: Liberal Party of Canada presidential candidate interview: Anna Gainey
*I’m on my BlackBerry and for technical reasons can’t currently edit more than the top few paragraphs of this post. But below, the former LPC(BC) president should be David Merner, not David Bertschi.From February 20-23, federal Liberals will gather in Montreal, and one of their tasks will be to elect a new national executive. Last . . . → Read More: A BCer in Toronto: Liberal Party of Canada presidential candidate Interview: Brian Rice
Brian Rice – Political reformer par excellence
For many reasons, I believe that Liberals should elect Brian Rice as the next President of the Liberal Party. He is a mover and shaker, a man of ideas, an adept politician in his own right, and a very hard worker. One very good reason for choosing . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Brian Rice: The right person for President of the Liberal Party of Canada
Having finally gotten around to reading Michael Chong’smuch-ballyhooed Reform Act, which is being pushed by the media pundit class with a fervor that would make most partisans blush, I feel that, while well-intentioned, what the act proposes is flawed and suffers from a narrowness of view that has trouble looking south of the Queensway.
The . . . → Read More: A BCer in Toronto: My problems with Chong’s Reform Act and my own preferences for reform
Michael Chong’s Bill C-559 is a relatively short piece of work, but it has taken me a bit of time to go through it and start to understand the implications of the changes being proposed, mostly because it contains a series of small changes to much larger acts – in particular the Canada Elections Act, . . . → Read More: The Cracked Crystal Ball II: Thought’s On Chong’s Reform Bill
A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of attending a screening of Whipped, a documentary on party discipline by former BC legislature reporter Sean Holman. You can now stream the doc on the CPAC web site, and it’s well worth a look. While it’s focused on Victoria and BC politics, the issues Whipped . . . → Read More: A BCer in Toronto: Parliamentarians and the yoke of party discipline
Looking back on my three days in Ottawa for the 2012 Liberal Party of Canada biennial convention it’s impossible to craft one clear narrative – did delegates embrace bold change or put their faith in the status quo – because the evidence is highly contradictory. And that, I suppose, is typically Liberal: hard to and . . . → Read More: A BCer in Toronto: Both hope and fear drove Liberal delegates in Ottawa
As I speak Kyle Harrietha, who I’m proud to support for Liberal membership secretary this weekend, is speaking to the nearly 3000 delegates at the Liberal biennial convention about his vision for membership and for the Liberal Party. Here’s his speech, which so far I have to say he’s knocking out of the park…
• Delegates…members…amis Liberaux
. . . → Read More: A BCer in Toronto: Kyle Harrietha’s speech to Liberals about membership
Before Christmas, when I wrote about why I was supporting Kyle Harrietha for Liberal membership secretary I spoke about his dedication to the Liberal cause, working for the party on the ground in Atlantic Canada and in Toronto, helping to rebuild a Liberal riding association in Northern Alberta, and working as a staffer on Parliament . . . → Read More: A BCer in Toronto: Kyle Harrietha’s eight-page plan for Liberal membership
Happy New Year to all; I hope you enjoyed the holidays. EspeciallyChristmas. I won’t say I’m resolving toblog more this year but I will try, and I’m sure I definitely will be in thenext few weeks as we head into the 2012 Liberal Biennial convention in Ottawa,beginning January 12th. I’m on vacation for another . . . → Read More: A BCer in Toronto: 36 proposed Liberal constitutional amendments dissected and explained
As promised earlier, I’ve written about the Liberal executive’s open primary leadership election proposal. You’ve got to go over to Macleans.ca to read it though; I’ll be occasionally writing for them on Liberal renewal and perhaps other exciting topic… . . . → Read More: A BCer in Toronto: Primaries and mustaches
I’m working on a piece about the Liberal executive’s open primary proposal that will hopefully run Friday, but rather than make it even longer I’d like to tackle some of the other reform proposals released today here and make a wider point about … . . . → Read More: A BCer in Toronto: We need to make a Liberal membership worth having
A key part of the Liberal Party of Canada’s reform process will be electing the next national executive at the biennial convention in January, and I’m glad to see we have four capable candidates seeking the position of president: Sheila Copps, Mike… . . . → Read More: A BCer in Toronto: What I’m looking for in a Liberal Party of Canada president
Like clockwork, there’s been another rash of obituaries written proclaiming the death of the Liberal Party of Canada. And what they lack in actual data points and evidence, they attempt to make up for in determination.I particularly liked this passage … . . . → Read More: A BCer in Toronto: Apparently the Liberals are dead. Who knew?
The Liberal Party of Canada’s summer caucus meetings begin today in Ottawa, and I’ve already heard some rumblings and musings from those quarters that give me pause, and cause for concern. When I read comments about how the passing of Jack Layton and t… . . . → Read More: A BCer in Toronto: There can be no shortcuts for the Liberal Party
Well over 2000 Liberals spent a few hours Saturday afternoon taking part in an extraordinary convention via teleconference to make a few decisions about the path forward for our party. It was just one step in the road to renewal, but an important one a… . . . → Read More: A BCer in Toronto: Liberals, we must commit to using this time for rebuilding
I’ve been informed that my sub-amendment on leadership timing has been accepted and will be debated during the Liberal extraordinary convention tomorrow. Thanks to everyone who pledged their support to help get it onto the agenda.I’ll have a chance to … . . . → Read More: A BCer in Toronto: Liberals: Let’s not wait until 2013 to pick our leader
(UPDATED: See bottom of post)If you’re a Liberal who was acclaimed as a delegate to the upcoming extraordinary convention to change/set the timing for the next leadership race and you’re not satisfied with the choices on offer (voting No and picking a … . . . → Read More: A BCer in Toronto: Liberals: I need your help changing the leadership selection timeline
There has been much debate in Liberal circles about the insistence by the national executive that the interim leader of the party agree to not run for the permanent leadership, and even more debate with the announcement by Bob Rae yesterday that he wil… . . . → Read More: A BCer in Toronto: Why the interim leader shouldn’t run for permanent leader
Tuesday evening I attended a pretty successful social event and informal renewal brainstorming session in Toronto with over 100 Liberal Party members … and guess who came to dinner?The Edward Blake Society is an informal group of Toronto area young p… . . . → Read More: A BCer in Toronto: On Alf, consultations and constitutional straitjackets
As an ardent and early supporter of Stephane Dion (still first in my heart) you could argue I should be sympathetic to this line of argument from journalist turned Liberal staffer turned journalist again Mark Dunn, but actually I’m decidedly not.Do we … . . . → Read More: A BCer in Toronto: I’m done with witch-hunts and fighting old battles
Liberal Party of Canada members received an e-mail from the national executive yesterday about the leadership timing/constitutional amendment drama that has absorbed the party and the membership since the election. While I applaud the desire to commun… . . . → Read More: A BCer in Toronto: Ok, so what are we voting for exactly?
We’ve been necessarily focused on how to reform, restructure and renew the Liberal Party of Canada, as we should be, but to be successful at refreshing liberalism in Canada and the moderate, pragmatic values we seek to promote and embody, it’s also… . . . → Read More: A BCer in Toronto: Building liberalism beyond the Liberal Party
In my Liberal reform posts so far I’ve focused on questions of leadership and questions of structure. These are important to building the party into an accountable and efficient vehicle, but unless you know where you’re driving to and why you’ll still… . . . → Read More: A BCer in Toronto: Reforming the Liberal Party: Who are we, and why are we here?
While the decisions made by the Liberal national executive are often questionable, so often it’s more the process than the decision that bothers me the most. That was quite evident with this story today. As the saying goes, what we’ve got here is a fai… . . . → Read More: A BCer in Toronto: Members shouldn’t read about constitutional proposals in press leaks