Name Liam St.Louis
Riding Beauséjour

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  • You realize Garneau and Trudeau became politicians at the same time, in 2008, right?

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  • That Liberal cartoon ad just showed up before a College Humour video on youtube…first I’ve ever seen a national Liberal ad, like…ever, so that’s great! Don’t know if other people have been seeing those, but I thought I’d point it out.

    But alas, all good things have their faults. For this, its a 2.5 minute video on donations on a video sharing…[Read more]

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  • Posting for our riding’s Membership Chair. She has been having major problems in calling new members and supporters between the system seems to mix up the groups a lot – specifically, putting some but not all members in the supporters category. That means she has to cross-check the supporter list and make sure they aren’t members before thanking…[Read more]

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  • Did everyone recently receive that email asking for a survey? I just wanted to say it’s great that we’re asking people how they most want to be engaged, and I hope other similar things keep happening.
    On a related note, is there any way to see all the emails that a new #supporter receives? I’m curious about our process here, and signing up as a…[Read more]

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  • I know we’ve done a lot of work on this #website, and I thank everyone who’s doing it…but to be completely honest, I don’t see it working that well. With the new Tory site ( http://www.conservative.ca/ ), I think we’ve just fallen into last place.

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    • Sorry Liam, I was hoping you could help me out. I visited the new conservative site and for the life of me I just can’t find anywhere where their members can actually contribute and discuss issues let alone a place where any Canadian can comment on postings from the party leaders and organizers.

      Can you point out to me where the interactive part…[Read more]

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    • I recently tried to find somewhere to comment on the Green’s site – sadly i failed, you can’t; they didn’t answer my email either. They at least can fairly plead lack of resources. For all our grousing[ it is what we are best at] liberals should be very thankful that the LPC has this site available, and mostly leaves us alone to discuss how we…[Read more]

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    • http://www2.macleans.ca/2012/06/28/great-moments-in-conservative-history/

      Odd you should post that. This just turned up this on Aaron Wherry’s macleans blog. I’m not particularly up on early colonial Canadian history but i’m pretty sure the Tories are doing what they do best – revise history to their benefit with scant regard to historical…[Read more]

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    • One more comment (can’t help myself)… Does anyone actually visit the conservative site? Other than us liberals checking them out? I mean, why would you – what would be the point? Theirs is the party that ”instructs” its members on how to think and behave – why even have a website? Disagree? We’ll silence you. Go against the party line? We will…[Read more]

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      • This part of the site is excellent, and I am very glad we have it. But just because we do one thing better than them and well does not mean we should concede the rest. I have asked three or four people to visit the various party sites, and all but one ranked this site at the bottom, simply because, to quote, it’s “poorly organized and…[Read more]

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        • I don’t see it Liam. Our site is organized pretty much identically to the CPC and the NDP with the added bonus of having the only interactive forum of any party website.

          I agree that we should maybe put the “what we stand for” a little more prominently. And maybe a little “tweaking” and “lipstick” is in order. But hopefully Canadians are more…[Read more]

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          • Organized identically? Really? I see very few similarities. Again, though, this forum is a fantastic notch in our favour.

            The point of the post was in the hope other would also post some suggestions. So, here goes:
            The aforementioned visibility and depth of what we stand for.
            The prominence of news items – I don’t think having the entire post be…[Read more]

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            • “Identically” may not have been the best word … “similarly”, perhaps. And what I meant was in content organization, not in appearance. All three sites (not looking at Green) have the same main menu bar at the top … meet the leader, the team, about the party/policy, news, participate/donate etc. with pretty much the same things under those…[Read more]

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  • #HouseOfCommons
    According to http://howdtheyvote.ca/member-stats.php?o=a&s=17 , which lists HOC attendance records, Liberals make up 22 of the worst 100 records in the house. 22, out of 35, are in the bottom third – this despite the fact that a much higher percentage of Liberal MPs live closer to Ottawa, since we don’t have many seats far away…[Read more]

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    • Oh, and only 4 are in the top 100.

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    • I’d be careful reading too much into these numbers. A careful look leads me to a couple of conclusions right off the bat … what are listed as “absences” are, I believe, absent or abstained from a vote (not missing a “day” of parliament). If you notice Stephan Dion was “absent” 203 times – but please note that the 41st session of Parliament only…[Read more]

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  • #Supporters
    About that “Yes, I want to become a Supporter” button we attach to petitions? Can we please get rid of it? Becoming a supporter should still be similar to a member, in that you think about it first, not just decide to leave a box checked or even not notice it entirely. Jeff Jedras explains it better.…[Read more]

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  • I see we have a press release about how we absolutely must protect #supplymanagement . Supply management is a protectionist measure, increases food costs for consumers dramatically, distorts the market, and is a major barrier to foreign trade deals. When New Zealand got rid of its own supply management, the size of its industry dramatically…[Read more]

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    • Probably because American agri-business would wipe us out if we didn’t. Although New Zealand has a similar size ratio with its nearest neighbour Australia, the two countries are separated by a lot of ocean and at least 2 time zones (think Ottawa-Calgary distance). If NZ were as close to AUS as we are to the US, that move probably would have wiped…[Read more]

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    • So, we are going to have massive exports of milk and eggs to the U.S., a country whose climate gives them a massive advantage. Before New Zealand is used as an example, one must show how the same set of circumstances applies to Canada.
      Let’s look at the theory of trade. Suppose every person needs to chop wood and to fish in order to live. …[Read more]

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    • I know that some in the LPC will oppose anything Harper does with regards to the TPP and will howl about supply management being a sacred cow, so to speak, and should be maintained at all costs. It has always irked me that my family has to pay artificially higher prices for basic staples such as milk, eggs and cheese. According to an article…[Read more]

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      • Matthew: Seems we’re “on the same page” on this one – hadn’t seen your comment before I posted mine and I referenced the same article.

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    • #supplymanagement @Liam-St.Louis: A very good question and something the party should be looking into and the membership should be questioning.

      This press release seems to me to be a bit ”knee-jerk” and appears to be locked into policy of days-gone-by. Could it simply be ”opposition for the sake of opposition” i.e. if the conservatives say…[Read more]

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    • I very much agree with the concerns Martin and Matthew are voicing. In fact, I also logged on in order to post about Martha Hall Findlay’s statement. I’ll not spend time restating the concerns you two have already mentioned, but I will add this: Mr. Rae, in his recent speech on the budget omnibus, quoted the great liberal and conservative thinker…[Read more]

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  • #LeadershipRace

    I just wanted to point out that the date for the BC provincial election is smack-dab in the middle of the estimated dates for our leadership convention. I hope that our National Board is taking that into account, if the precise date is something they are deciding this month. As our third largest province, BC’s election will get…[Read more]

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  • Another example of the NDP being really, really good at things. The Liberals, not so much. http://budget2012.ndp.ca/

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    • This is one of the reasons their numbers in polls seem to be going up and up. The simple, precise message stating a political position is more appealing to voters than constant criticism of opponents without presenting alternatives.

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      • Jarek, thank you for that! It concerns me when I hear people say that “the electorate is not paying attention” – that is a true statement but what it implies is that all we have to do is wait and we will move back up in the polls. The leadership want us to be strong on the ground and I agree – that is where a lot of the hard work needs to be done.…[Read more]

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    • Ouch – that’s good. I’m frankly not seeing a lot of content on that site, really (tell US what’s happening to you isn’t content – it’s a request for content) but it’s still a very well done site. There’s certainly no sense pretending we can’t learn from some of this.

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      • Hi Jeff, I think we can do both, have the simple message like this site and also have more information for the public who like to drill down. Some people want fast and easy and others want more detailed information. (Politically active and aware versus average Canadian who is busy with other issues in his/her lives)

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    • Just arrived here to post the same link… we could do them one better with a full-function discussion forum. Even a quick poll box at the top of the right menu would be more inviting than a menu of things you can do for the Liberal party.

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    • Although, that being said… it still speaks well for the Liberals that it had been validated in the news that we are working with the Green Party to front a sound, collaborative critique of the Budget.

      What we are seeing increasingly is the NDP isolating themselves and showing the Canadian public that they are either unwilling or unable to do…[Read more]

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    • As slick and “pretty” as the site is, it still seems to me to be “criticism of opponents without presenting alternatives” (to quote Jarek). I don’t see much substance there at all.

      I very much like the fact that it breaks the bill down … but in fact, it only lists about 20 items out of “more than 700 clauses and promises to amend or eliminate…[Read more]

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    • Liam, I have to disagree with you, while this site is a good start, they’ve been absent online on the abortion issue, on the robocall issue, on the Internet Privacy Issue while we’ve been holding the government’s feet to the fire the whole time. That webpage is exactly the kind of thing we’ve been doing for months, in my humble opinion they’ve…[Read more]

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      • That’s true, we have been doing things. But I would argue that our petitions had a lot less substance than their budget tool – not to say that they aren’t worthwhile, but they’re in a different category.

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    • Once again, to repeat… ‘hanging party laundry’ out on this very public location is simply bad for Party business. I agree with open discussion, but not in full public view. There is a difference. It concerns me that no one in Ottawa understands the difference.

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      • And, once again, what are you afraid of, Doug? What is it about this particular post that should be a “secret”? I honestly don’t understand.

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        • I have no fear Martin, I know you don’t understand and… most likley… never will. For that reason, trying to explain it to you would be a waste of time.

          Suffice to say it is far better to offer some real, concrete solutions rather than taking good hardworking volunteers like Maryanne Kampouris to task for the work she does.

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      • Doug, you have argued with me many times(I think it was you, anyway) about the need for an actual accessible forum(En Famille is hidden and not hugely accessible) with different sections viewable/postable to Members, supporters, and the public alike. We need a place online to discuss party business, yet you seem against reforming this site to…[Read more]

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        • What’s that you say… me arguing with you… debating or discussing issues on F-B perhaps but I wouldn’t call that arguing… just healthy debate. (lol)

          The only reason En Famille is hidden is because the Party chooses to keep it that way, but it is quite accessible to anyone who has an account there.

          I am not opposed in any way to “reforming…[Read more]

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  • Recently I received a letter from the Liberal Party in the mail. I thought it might having something interesting…but then I opened it and found nothing but another request for money.

    Now, I’ve got nothing against a political party asking for money. But surely, when we’re spending the money to communicate by snail mail, we can put something else…[Read more]

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    • I felt the same way, but the other day I got an update e-mail from Mike Crawley about what the party is doing in terms of reform. Would you like me to send you a copy of it?

      If we got some more of those, that would be great.

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      • I got the email, and I think that’s great. I was just talking about snail mail – if we’re going to be sending it anyway, it should be something more than just an appeal for money.

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        • My question would be… why send snail mail to people who are already on the regular email list? Would it not make sense to save on snail mailouts and spend it better more important priorities?

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  • I don’t see this anywhere, so I thought I’d post it – vote here to get Ralph Goodale chosen as the final interview of the season for faqmp. Elizabeth May is virtually tied, so we need every vote.

    http://faqmp.ichannel.ca/

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