Name Ray Larson
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Chair, BC Federal Liberal Council. Président, Conseil libéral fédérale de la Colombie-Britannique President, Liberal Party of Canada in Saanich-Gulf Islands. Président, Parti libéral du Canada à Saanich-Gulf Islands. - We're building this Liberal movement together - let's get started!

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  • Ray Larson changed their profile picture 3 years ago

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  • Who are you signing up today? http://www.liberal.ca/supporter/

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    • Sending personal emails to friends and family is an easy way to start. There’s also some text to get you started. Just click on the envelope under the form to see it appear in your email program. http://www.liberal.ca/supporter/

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    • Although i am in favour of the ’supporter category,’ you bring up a valid point. While i believe Bob Rae is a sincere Liberal, there are NDP trolls here who do push and pull our Party un-naturally to their level.

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    • Agree with you John – and I keep saying this same thing over and over again.

      Hey, it’s great that we’ve opened up the party and we want to get other Canadians involved in our process, but WHY THE HECK SHOULD THEY SIGN UP? Please give me a reason other than “you can choose the next Liberal Party leader”.

      Work needs to first be done on just…[Read more]

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    • They are the one’s who enjoy protesting rather than presenting. They prefer portions of votes rather than whole one’s. And they are the one’s who would rather complain than compromise.

      Don’t get me wrong, i loves the Greens and would sooner vote for them than the Conservatives.

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    • I’m with John on this one. I’ll start encouraging my friends and family to sign up once we actually have some policies and/or a platform to direct their attentions to. Inviting them right now is a little like inviting someone onto the Titanic after it hit the iceberg. You should always get your house in order before inviting people over for dinner.

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      • Jonathan: Please read my comment below … we are inviting supporters to join us to help decide on our policies and platform, to help us choose the leader that will champion their particular causes and issues. I think you’ve got the cart before the horse. Why ask people to join “after” we’ve decided who we are and what our platform will be…[Read more]

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        • Martin,
          I think both positions have merit. I agree with you that there is value in encouraging people to join the Party enticing them with the opportunity to participate in choosing our leader and in shaping the direction the Party will take. But this would require us to have already implemented an effective means through which to actually allow…[Read more]

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      • Liberal Policy development can be found at http://enfamille.liberal.ca. We have a policy on almost everything you can possibly imagine there and you may contribute more. Cheers.

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    • @Farham-Mohamed @John-Shavluk

      I think there is a great reason for people to sign up as LPC Supporters, and I think you both mention it (but maybe don’t “get” it) … “to help choose the next leader of the party!”

      What better reason to get involved? Once the leadership campaign starts, the candidates will have to come forward and state what…[Read more]

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      • FTR Martin,

        I do “get” it, I’m just taking the outsiders’ viewpoint and trying to think of ways we can be productive and actually gain support.

        I’m the External VP for YLs in BC so I’ve gone out and spoken with non-Lib and non-politically involved friends and the response I’ve been getting in regards to the Supporter campaign is “why…[Read more]

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        • I hear what you are saying Farham. My point is that in helping choose the next leader, you ALSO get to help choose the direction the party will be taking for the next few years and what the platform will be in the next election.

          The Liberal party has adopted many, many policy resolutions over the past few years (see the post from Maryanne above…[Read more]

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          • You’re preaching to the choir buddy.

            So then why is it so difficult for messaging like this to go out?

            Farhan (n, not m)

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            • (Oops, sorry for spelling your name wrong … weak eyes and bad typing)

              Good question … I agree that the message could be improved … it seems obvious to me that part of choosing a leader necessarily involves choosing a leader that represents the best chance for your issues to be addressed … but maybe it’s not that obvious to everyone.

              And,…[Read more]

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    • John, I hear you talking all the time about Marijuana on here. You want to let others decide our position on this for you and sit back and wait for others to tell you what we stand for? Instead you could be bringing people you know care about this country and care about shaping it into the country they want. This is the time to do that. That is…[Read more]

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      • Good point Stephane. some of us [me too] may look like we are trying to have it both ways – complaining the party isn’t taking positions for us, and perhaps then complaining when it does [ i must have missed that part]. But from my pov i hear people here at least asking for leadership on some of these issues.
        My main axe to grind is the…[Read more]

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    • John:

      You asked: “Why?” should people come out and become Supporters of the LPC. So, I gave you a reason: “To participate in the selection of our next leader and thereby take an active role in determining the platform for the Liberal Party in the next election”.

      Assuming your “costs” are accurate (I don’t think the board has decided on…[Read more]

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    • I’m not signing anyone up today to become a supporter. Our riding’s priority is to invite existing members to become Victory Fund donors. I feel like the real appeal of becoming a supporter will kick in when the Leadership race is called. That being said, I will still be pitching the idea to individuals who seem to be on the fence about the…[Read more]

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      • I’m presently organizing a phone bank for our riding and we’ll be reaching out to all the low hanging fruit for VF. Following this initial activity, I plan on organizing initiatives to reach out beyond our base, and recruiting supporters will be key.

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        • Bravo Christine! Well done. We need more people like you. The Liberal Party needs more People, Passion, Principles and Policies. Together we are building a foundation to move Canada forward.

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    • Hi guys, good conversation! Every member, every supporter and every Canadian are going to have their own reasons for joining or not joining the party. We cannot be everything to everyone but we can take some bold stances and do what we feel is right then communicate those stances to people who care about those issues. What we have learned from our…[Read more]

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    • You do have every right to be here, John… you paid your dues so you are allowed to trash and bad-mouth the party and the leadership and the members all you want. You are completely within your rights to continue to rant and rave and insult. So, you just keep at it John and see what it does for your cause. About as much as it did for your cause…[Read more]

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    • You asked: “Why?” should people come out and become Supporters of the LPC. So, for the third time now: “To participate in the selection of our next leader and thereby take an active role in determining the platform for the Liberal Party in the next election”.

      Oh and I love the link you posted …

      “Submitted by John Shavluk on … Comment…[Read more]

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    • Come on John, let’s be realistic here.

      If I get what you are trying to convey, it’s basically that you don’t feel we should be looking for support because we don’t have a completely articulated platform presented for an election in 3 years?

      Or that we should not be promoting ourselves to a larger audience because our smaller “more…[Read more]

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    • Here’s some more information on supporters: http://liberaluniversity.liberal.ca/supporters/ Liberal University is growing so take the time to browse around.

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    • I like your passion, clearly I’m a fan of being a little feisty.

      Just wish to see it pointed in a direction other then ourselves. Not that I don’t think one should not be internally critical, it’s just that I think the great challenge is not only finding the problems but offering solutions.

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    • So, John, if you want to advance the policy of legalizing marijuana, a policy adopted by the liberal party but not yet turned into platform, then the only way to make sure that happens is to elect a leader of the party that promises to turn that policy into platform for the 2015 election.

      The way to get that leader elected is to have as many…[Read more]

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    • I don’t know John, the definition of ”we” is more than one … and there seem to be at least 6 people who agree with me.

      I’ll also just say John (again, I have said this before) I fully support your cause, I fully agree with the legalization policy, and I fully agree with getting brought to the front of policy platform. I just disagree with your…[Read more]

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    • Well John, it is your choice and the choice of your group whether they take part in electing the next liberal leader or not.

      You can’t have done this in 1978 or 1993 John because the LPC did not allow “supporters” to vote for the party leadership. So, things have changed now and a door of opportunity has opened.

      I don’t really care about…[Read more]

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  • Thank you to all of our caucus, staff, volunteers and supporters from coast to coast to coast who are working harder, smarter and are more engaged than ever before. Bravo!

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  • #fundraising #communications Liberal members can’t figure out why Canadians don’t know what we stand for and why nothing sticks to the Conservatives.

    Believe it or not, this has nothing to do with our policies or positions it has to do with the fact that we are light years behind our opponents in how sophisticated their communications strategy…[Read more]

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    • You hit the mail on the head Ray. Issue-specific, personal, one-on-one communications to all voters in each riding is the key. It’s the only way to build a bond with people on issues that matter most to them.

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    • Thanks Ray; Your concerns have been echoed in different ways by a lot of members, the party has forgotten grassroot/member’s concerns and ideas. You have also included a plan to help solve some our communication difficulties. I have printed out your suggestions and will take them with me to Ottawa

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    • These sound like good ideas Ray, although I expect they will cost considerable money. Sort of a ‘chicken and egg’ situation…how do we afford to spread the word so that we can raise money to spread the word.

      And to use another catch-phrase…I wonder if you’re not ‘putting the cart before the horse’. Before we can target individual Canadians with…[Read more]

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      • Martin, I agree about all of the accessibility issues – the problem is we have 1.5 IT staff right now for a party with over 100,000 members – a lot for that one and half people to handle.
        The Liberal Party of Canada is the only major western party not using microtargeting/Predictive Voter Modelling. The conservatives have been using it against us…[Read more]

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    • YES! Use the money raised for the attack ads to do this. Our attack ads will only help Stepen Harper and hurt us.

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  • Ray Larson changed their profile picture 2 years, 10 months ago

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  • Ray Larson changed their profile picture 2 years, 10 months ago

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