CalgaryGrit: Revisiting Staggered Primaries

After looking at how the supporter system was conceived yesterday, today I gaze ahead at what its future might hold. Specifically, the musings of some that the LPC could still hold staggered primaries, even though a motion to do this fell short of the 2/3 majority needed to pass at the Liberal convention this weekend. ...

CalgaryGrit: Why the Liberal Party Took a Chance on the Supporter System

The boldest and most surprising outcome of this weekend’s Liberal Renewalfest in Ottawa was the party’s decision to open its doors to all Canadians by adopting a supporter system. As a result, any voter who supports the Liberal Party will be able to vote for its next leader – no need for a membership card ...

CalgaryGrit: Primary Debates (2)

Myself and Jeff Jedras follow up our online debate, with a video chat over beers on the primary resolution which will be up for vote at this weekend’s convention. After the video ended, the rest of the bar patrons joined in on the argument and it ended in a brawl.

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: 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 ...

CalgaryGrit: Primary Debates

In his Macleans.ca debut, my friend Jeff Jedras takes aim at the proposal Liberals will be voting on in January to move to a US-style primary system to choose the party’s next leader and nominate candidates. While I’ve already voiced my support for this system, Jeff raises three valid critiques which I want to take ...

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 ...

CalgaryGrit: An Open Party

The Liberal White Paper on party reform has been leaking out over the past few days, and will reportedly be released in full tonight. I’m sure there will be a lot of worthwhile ideas within it, but the one likely to grab the most headlines is the proposal of moving to a primary-style system where ...

CuriosityCat: Liberals, let’s use the Two-Tier Primary system for electing our next leader

In an earlier post I mentioned the problem of raiding or hijacking which bedevil open primaries: your opponents might vote for the weakest Liberal candidate in the hope of reducing Liberal chances of success in the general election. Blunt Objects, in a post well worth reading entitled Open Primaries – A Primer, suggested we could ...

CuriosityCat: Primaries are Infectious: Ask MP Sarah Wollaston of Totnes, UK

In 2009 Dr Sarah Wollaston became the first candidate for election as an MP in the UK to be selected by the Conservative Party through an open  primary. Danniel Hannan says this about the primary selection method: Once one party adopts open primaries, the others will more or less have to follow. People won’t realise ...

CuriosityCat: Suggestions for a new Open Primary election of the next Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada

Bob Rae has opened the dialogue about how we elect our party leader, with a suggestion that we consider an open primary system of electing out next leader in 2013. Bob Rae and the LPC Primary System To advance the dialogue, I would like to table a few suggestions about what kind of primary we ...

CalgaryGrit: The Alberta Test Drive

No surprise, as Raj Sherman wins the Alberta Liberal leadership race on the first ballot: Raj Sherman: 54% (4684 votes)Hugh MacDonald: 26% (2239 votes)Laurie Blakeman: 9% (854 votes)Bill Harvey: 7% (626 votes)Bruce Payne: 2% (197 votes) As I wrote on Friday, this leadership race deserved watching, even outside Alberta, since it was the first in ...

CalgaryGrit: This Week in Alberta – The Liberals Pick a Leader

It will be a busy fall politically, with provincial elections in Ontario, Saskatchewan, PEI, Newfoundland, and Manitoba. Although we likely won’t see an Alberta vote until 2012, the province will get a new Premier, thanks to Ed Stelmach’s surprise resignation in January. The first round of voting takes place on September 17th, and assuming no ...