• Tania Mysak posted an update 3 years ago

    #website #policy. Here’s a random idea for consideration…once we set our policies, we should post them on this site (referenced of course) and widely share them with Canadians. Our policies define us and should be on the record for discussion and update at all times, not just when an election cycle dictates it. Having them online and “living” documents gives a level of transparency to policy development that would be nice to see.

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    • Hmmm – imaging that, an ongoing policy process that all members and perhaps all Canadians participate in….where we have real adult conversations and debate all up on Liberal.ca website – discussing issues and topics that are relevant to Canadians.

      Wouldn’t that be good…

      Why don’t we have that already?

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      • Brilliant and doable. It’s the type of thing that will distinguish this party. Transparency, is key to rebuilding and renewal. It would also be REAL. It’s almost like a Liberal social media tool that would be direct to the people with out media filters.

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      • Hello everyone,
        I wish to draw your attention to the 2012 Biennial Convention website: http://convention.liberal.ca/ All 100+ policy resolutions from members across the country are posted so that all Canadians can read them. Party members can comment on them (as many have already done so) in order to provide insight to the convention delegates. Party members can also vote on their preferred resolutions that could be moving forward at the convention’s policy plenary. I encourage you to browse through the various categories and share with others around you policies that you feel are important. As far as we know, no other political party provides such online activity to its members prior to a convention. We’re rebuilding one step at a time…

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        • Hi Andre – thanks for the response. I have been to that page and commented on the few policies I have opinions on. However, I hope it is recognized that my idea goes beyond that website and takes it to the “next level”. I think it’s great we have that opportunity to voice our opinions on the policies, although I wonder how many Canadians at large are aware or providing their feedback.

          Veering slightly off topic, websites like this (or the 2012 one) tend to be frequented by the “usual suspects” and are not always the best ways to gather consensus or pick the collective brains of the masses. I’m sure this is not new information for you! Encouraging our ridings to host policy round-tables (inviting non-members and gasp, even political rivals) where people are given information to become familiar with, then given the tools to create a sound policy would be a nice goal for our party.

          Back to the point here though, whatever policies are finalized, they should be posted and reference (heck, Wikipedia can do it!). If we say we are the party of #science and evidence, we should back up our policies with the evidence and provide the insight as to why we believe what we do. For example, “we support a national drug plan that uses reference based pricing because we have evidence from jurisdiction X that it lowers costs without compromising care” etc. etc.

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    • Then members here should pick them up and put them on the social media pages.

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      • Richard: you are right on! Social media activity is a joint venture. The Party needs its members to share the message through their networks. You’ll notice that pretty much everything posted on liberal.ca has a social media share button (facebook, twitter, etc.).

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        • Yes, and I’ve hit it three times, as I’m reminded to the left of almost anywhere around here. Am I seeing only me because I happen to be me, or am I the only one who has done this?

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          • Hi Jennifer, I’m sorry I don’t think I fully understand your question, I will try to answer but let me know if I do not answer the correct question. The social media buttons are shown to everyone who visits the site. If you are talking about the facebook activity app on the right sidebar of the site that will show you what you and your friends have liked on Liberal.ca. hopefully this answers your question but if not do let me know.

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    • This direction is essential to the Liberal success. We have to offer, something that the other parties aren’t. We have it existing, on this web site, basically right now. Its call, involvement in democracy. With petitions on issues etc. it gives the citizen, a voice. Something, I think they desperate want and no one is offering.

      If we don’t expand and modify this web site, being that we are a long way there already, it will be a BIG missed opportunity. Our riding association, round table meetings, are getting the response, ” all we want is a say, a connection with a political party, who will listen to our opinions and react to them”

      The site needs to have
      a/ move votes on every issue in Ottawa where the public can express there views. (Our MP’s in Ottawa, would have a lot more say in proceedings, if they a petition in there hands, with a million names, opposing the scraping the long gun registry or the information already gathered, as one example)
      b/ have a place, equal in appearance, to the membership, for non-members to get involved. (That is a must, if you want to engage the non-committed)

      Our Riding associations is pushing the Liberal web site wherever we go. This is the only way we can engage the public ,on a day by day bases and get there opinions in sufficient numbers to make a difference in Ottawa.

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    • In addition to my last posting, it is a lot easier for a member to suggest to a family member, friend, to check out a (liberal) web site, than try to bombard them with Liberal propaganda, hoping they will get engaged.
      If the web site is offering those people what they want or something they haven’t seen before they WILL engage

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