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Thursday, August 24, 2006

Red Ribbon - Analysis

After reading the report, I am glad to say it is very well done, very well thought out, and takes into consideration concerns that were raised.

Elements that will be controversial that are in the report:
(I am not counting the massive executive management structure changeover to be that controversial)

National membership standardization and centralization
  • Some people still believe that having variable membership fees per riding is a good thing (the Ontario $1 ridings)
  • Some PTAs will still want to maintain odd membership rules (like lifetime members)
Placing how to certify commission clubs into the main party constitution
    • Might make it difficult for small clubs in unfriendly regions
    • disenfranchising legitimate groups which bring value to the party
    • Protects somewhat against Paper Clubs
    • Could lead to paper clubs being certified whom were not certified this time around (for solely meeting the membership requirement)
    Modifying the automatic number of spots seniors get - and not in the right direction (according to seniors).
    • Seniors wake up early and head off to pass policies while everyone else is sleeping off the night before. This might not pass.
    Modifying how Aboriginal delegates are elected - to a standard amount per riding.
    • While all the spots might not be taken, increasing the number of spots beyond the proportional based on percentage of population might be seen as to unduly increase the influence of Aboriginal delegates - whom can always stand as a normal delegate. Some will see this increase of influence as a good thing others not so much.
    Leadership Election Modification - No conclusion, but an alternative is proposed. Will be a controversial issue no matter what
    • I like the convention system myself - but separating Leadership and Biennial would make for a cheaper trip
    Leadership Review Votes - making them better, and more streamlined is good.
    • However modifying the review capacity on sitting PMs could let the Party stagnate.
    All the other changes are good, and actually upon reflection will lead to a much stronger, functional and hopefully winning party.

    Wednesday, August 23, 2006

    Ignatieff wants to raise Gas, Electricity, and heating costs while destroying Canada's industrial economy

    What Ignatieff's environmental policy actually means:

    Raising gasoline taxes, heating oil taxes, coal taxes, and other fuel taxes. How will a campaign be run on the Liberals wanting to raise gasoline prices, electricity prices, heating prices?

    A program which attack industry, and could lead to the shut down of industrial production throughout Canada?

    A policy plank that advances the federal government into natural resources (a provincial jurisdiction) - re carbon sequestration

    Pointless Purchasing of Internation Emissions Credits which do not reflect actual reductions in GHGs.

    These policies are really symbolic of how little Ignatieff knows about Canada's history with similar initiatives. He hasn't learned the lessons of: Joe Clarks gas tax, the Cape Breton Coal Mines, the NEP and the consensus about buying foreign emissions credits.

    Tuesday, August 15, 2006

    PTAs - True Grass Roots

    PTAs have gotten a bad rap lately. We were beat with a party that doesn't have them. Some see them as little fiefdoms which accomplish little. Some see them as threats to their fiefdoms.

    PTAs keep the parties organization close to the grass roots, and give a training ground for the national executive. They keep attuned to issues on the ground, and lay the ground work for national initiatives.

    PTAs also allow for small scale experimentation on electoral strategy, and election management. (See Team BC initiatives in last two elections)

    PTAs help to distribute the administrative load of the party, and help to provide oversight to the operations of riding associations.

    So what do we do to streamline the operation of the party?

    My solution: trim the fat at the national executive level. We don't need to eliminate any elected positions on the national executive (perhaps besides seniors commission president, they are already over represented). The national executive should consider including other members on a need basis only. This would limit the national executive meetings to maybe 30/40 members a totally managable runner compared to 70- 100 today.

    Thursday, August 03, 2006

    First Attack on Iggy from across the Floor

    The prime minister also took a thinly veiled swipe at the candidates for the Liberal leadership - especially front-runner Michael Ignatieff - attempting to paint them as out-of-touch with ordinary people.
    "I understand that not everyone is lucky enough to be born into a rich family, to attend private schools, or to live an international lifestyle," he said.

    This is just the start. Iggy is VERY OPEN TO ATTACK! He is the Tory dream candidate (even more than Volpe)

    Volpe has only one angle to attack (sleaze), Iggy has an entire series of attack ads waiting to happen.


    Wednesday, August 02, 2006

    Iggy's Uncaring 'Humanitarianism'

    "'This is the kind of dirty war you're in when you have to do this and I'm not losing sleep about that[Qana].'" - Ignatieff

    If this is what he taught at Harvard - no wonder the states is pushing civil liberty boundaries at home, and causing deaths of countless civilians abroad.

    Iggy isn't ready. Too bad he didn't come back in '97 or 2000 and have some political sense in him.

    Update 2/8/6:
    A very possible quote from Ignatieff on the Israeli Armed Campaign:

    "I was for the war before I was against it"[1]

    Sounds a bit familliar, much like another Massachusetts democrat we know. I have to say, that that is what Ignatieff is. I wonder how long a Swift Boat type group forms, and what it will be called?