The Leadership Narrative

Way back when, a few months after the last federal election, I replied to the Susan Delacourt’s “Is the Liberal Party dead?” question, echoed ad nauseum in the nation’s press, with a warning to be wary of forcing Canadian politics to fit a certain narrative. That narrative presupposes the inevitability of a polarized left-right dichotomy; ...

The Equivocator: Biennial Convention Guest Post: Barrie Young Liberals: Looking to the future while giving back.

The Barrie Young Liberals (BYL) formed shortly after the federal election in May, 2011. The election was a disappointing result, to be sure; perhaps, no more so than in Barrie where the Liberal candidate came third to the Conservative incumbent and a New Democratic newcomer. Notwithstanding that, however, federal Liberal members Bradley Stewart and Alex ...

The Council of President Call

When I hung up the phone after the 135 minute Council of President’s call last night, I was wondering how I was going to write my blog entry in such a way as to be honest about what happened on the call, but at the same time not foster further division within the party. Alfred ...

The Council of President Call

When I hung up the phone after the 135 minute Council of President’s call last night, I was wondering how I was going to write my blog entry in such a way as to be honest about what happened on the call, but at the same time not foster further division within the party. Then ...

Liberal Arts and Minds: Me, Myself and Aye

While it has been interesting to read the various post-mortems of the election and the pages and pages of advice being offered to the Liberal Party, my mind keeps drifting back to some reading I was doing pre-election. It started with some of Susan Delacourt’s writing, (and her links to others) on politicians and political ...

On Communication and National Board of Directors

On Monday night the Canucks scored twice in the first period, apparently.  I say apparently because I wasn’t watching the hockey game, I was on a conference call with twenty BC riding presidents, most of the LPCBC executive, and two members of the LPC National Board of Directors.  In BC.  During a Canuck Playoff game.  ...

On Communication and National Board of Directors

On Monday night the Canucks scored twice in the first period, apparently.  I say apparently because I wasn’t watching the hockey game, I was on a conference call with twenty BC riding presidents, most of the LPCBC executive, and two members of the LPC National Board of Directors.  In BC.  During a Canuck Playoff game.  ...

A Clarification: When I say Policy what I mean is…

It has been pointed out to me that the definition of “Policy” is fairly broad and not as specific as I might have thought. What I mean by saying that we should not focus on policy discussions is that we should get mired in the details of specific policy ideas while trying to rebuild the ...

A Clarification: When I say Policy what I mean is…

It has been pointed out to me that the definition of “Policy” is fairly broad and not as specific as I might have thought. What I mean by saying that we should not focus on policy discussions is that we should get mired in the details of specific policy ideas while trying to rebuild the ...

Want to Help Rebuild the #LPC? Stop Talking Policy.

Nothing clarifies the mind like getting your ass kicked.  I am seeing more passion about the Liberal Party now than I have seen in years.  Forums, websites, Facebook, email: All are alive with grassroots Liberals wanting to participate in the rebuilding of this great party. Right now, that energy is unfocused.  I am seeing lots ...

Want to Help Rebuild the #LPC? Stop Talking Policy.

Nothing clarifies the mind like getting your ass kicked.  I am seeing more passion about the Liberal Party now than I have seen in years.  Forums, websites, Facebook, email: All are alive with grassroots Liberals wanting to participate in the rebuilding of this great party. Right now, that energy is unfocused.  I am seeing lots ...