• Christine Michaud a publié un commentaire 3 years, 3 months ago

    C’est vraiment super ce site web! Et j’ai bien hâte d’écouter au discours de Bob Rae cet après-midi dans le contexte du #caucusdete.

    Sur ce, André est-ce qu’il y a des détails qui sont sortis par rapport à la #convention cet hiver? J’imagine que c’est peut être encore un peu tôt.

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    • Salut Christine,
      Les détails pour le congrès biennial #ottawa2012 sont sur le point d’être finalisés. Toute l’info pour le #congrès sera sur le site internet du congrès, lequel devrait être lancé vers la mi-septembre alors garder un oeil sur liberal.ca.

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  • Norman Bobbitt posted an update 3 years, 3 months ago

    #renewal
    At this stage in the renewal process nothing should be taken off the table, including a possible merger with the NDP. Even though the Party is in a very weak position regarding a possible merger, things could get a lot worse. On the other hand, if the Party can come up with a clear vision for Canada it could once again become the…[Read more]

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    • One BIG problem with that is it will move thousands of Liberals like me to become Conservatives since I’m not the least bit interested in moving to the left of centre and in fact blame the current executive for making the Liberal message “NDP light” instead of sticking with their original message of CON waste and fiscal mismanagement including the…[Read more]

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      • I would suggest to Gunther G, that under Ignatieff the Liberal party was much closer to the Conservatives than the NDP. In fact, I had predicted for a year prior to the last election in emails to the Party that they would not get more than 50 seats with Ignatieff as leader because Ignatieff would have made a better fit with the Conservative party…[Read more]

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        • The party can’t gravitate to the left even more than it already is. I believe we must stay as a “close to centre left” force on the political spectrum, since we have a three party system. I wouldn’t want us looking identical to the NDP, but obviously looking too much like the Conservatives is even worse. Therefore, we must take the best aspects of…[Read more]

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        • One of the problems we had while Michael was leader was that Gunther and Norman are both right. Prior to the election he did seem to be more like a Conservative than a Liberal and then once the election was called our message did appear to be NDP lite.It left people with the impression that liberals would take whatever position we felt would get…[Read more]

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  • Im a bit upset that we are so fast to discard potential discussion with the NDP. Re-building the party at this stage means exploring all avenues and it seems that this great opportunity will pas by without looking at it

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    • As I see it, we’re looking to remake the party, not make it an arm of another party. Any sort of “unite the left” merger with the NDP will simply toss Canada into the same two-party system that so limits debate in the U.S. We need to do better than that. The NDP are their own party with their own niche, as are the Conservatives. We need to find…[Read more]

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    • The NDP categorically rejected any form of cooperation with us. Like us, they had a pro-cooperation candidate in their leadership race, and like us that candidate lost. The majority of both parties members/supporters have rejected this idea as an option at this time.

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    • The NDP have said NO in everyway possible.
      They have no interest in co-operating with anyone and certainly not the liberals.

      Besides I am working toward a Liberal win in 2015. If the party clearly states its platform on major issues and keeps its nose clean we should win.
      Remember Harper is looking for anything, real or imagined, to try and…[Read more]

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    • Besides both being anti-Conservative, we actually have very different ideologies and goals that drive us politically. Even where we have superficial agreements on issues we see the implementation and design of things very differently. Moreover, this is a good thing. At times we’ve been vapid as a party and the NDP has scored points against us in…[Read more]

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    • I would not call it an opportunity, but a blunder we have avoided. Why are some like you so fearful of the conservatives and Harper, we are only where we are now because we made mistakes and bad choices in the past, that is what we are fixing now, fear distracts from the job that has to be done.

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    • Sylvan:
      You are right about this but I think we have to see what happens in 2015 to get people on board with amalgamation.

      If we have another debacle in 2015, then I think we will be able to look at amalgamation more objectively. Of course if the NDP does reasonably well they may want to remain as is for another round.

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  • James Bridges posted an update 3 years, 3 months ago

    Excited to get back to Queen’s and get working with the Liberals on campus and within the riding of Kingston and the Islands! #summercaucus #renewal

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  • new site is great.

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  • kakren kersey posted an update 3 years, 3 months ago

    beats me, I can’t get the spelling of my first name corrected…it’s karen not kakren. thanx…kk

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    • Karen, I signed up some time ago when it was in beta mode and my name was listed as my email address, which is not something I want shown to the world. I was able to correct my name myself by clicking on “my profile” then “edit”. Hope that helps.

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  • Zachary Armstrong posted an update 3 years, 3 months ago

    Finally an online community for Liberals to communicate from sea to sea to sea.

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  • Chris Crowell posted an update 3 years, 3 months ago

    To initiate some community discussion around ideas for #renewal, I wanted to share an op-ed that Scott Brison wrote in the National Post. I’m sure many of you read it when it was first published back in May, but it struck me as timely again!

    http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2011/05/30/scott-brison-how-the-liberals-might-yet-be-saved/

    Would…[Read more]

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    • “Young Liberals should not be relegated to a Liberal youth commission, but rather should be reflected in the daily mainstream management and operation of the party as their knowledge is integral in building this modern and effective political operation.”

      Very much agreed, here! Thanks for the link, @Chris-Cowell.

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    • It seems to be a small #bug on our site actually. Because the web link just happens to be where the preview cuts off my original post, the site is including the “…” as part of the link so when you go to the National Post site, the op-ed can’t be found. If you open my original post and click on the link, you should be good.

      If you keep having…[Read more]

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    • “The same Liberal party that presents innovative social policy can present innovative economic, tax, and entrepreneurial strategies that can create the jobs of tomorrow; reform like eliminating capital gains taxes. We must ensure that current policy conveys a strong commitment to supporting our market-driven entrepreneur-led economy. A…[Read more]

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      • Good idea Andrew. May I make a friendly amendment? I don’t like the idea of a blanket removal of capital gains tax, (a lot of the rich would only get richer) rather incentives should be directed to encouraging start-up companies. “Angel” investors who buy untraded shares in early-stage developments, stand to make huge gains when the company goes…[Read more]

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        • Early stage and start-up funding is a big issue in Canada – especially in some of the smaller provinces like Nova Scotia. Any policy that encourages private sector investment at these early stages is worth looking at – it is tough for governments to directly invest due to the obvious constraints on resources and the fact that many early stage…[Read more]

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          • No direct government investing – that way there be dragons. Bureuacrats/Governments can’t pick a winner in a one-horse race. No I’m talking about policies that encourage individuals to invest in new businesses. And to change attitudes about entrepreneurship at the high-school level. I did my undergrad at Dalhousie (late 60’s) and I once did the…[Read more]

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  • Zachary Armstrong posted an update 3 years, 3 months ago

    I’ve been monitoring the new #website since it launched two days ago, and there are a few things I’d like to share.

    First, I’m glad there is now a place for liberals from across Canada to come together and share ideas, it’s quite refreshing. That being said, I can’t help but feel like you’re trying to unnecessarily reinvent the wheel here. This…[Read more]

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    • Thank you for your input! And you are absolute right, Everyone needs to go out canvassing. The goal of the website is to help people get engaged so they go out and canvass and help out in their ridings.

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    • I would like to see engagement at the local level. I am hoping to see blog posts from individual EDA’s websites or Facebook pages that are reaching out and sharing news and writings from local members and volunteers. Give us your stories of campaigning or strategies in your riding, and initiatives you are taking to engage the local electorate. [Read more]

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      • I agree with you Gary and although there were a few brief posts on Facebook it would be helpful to hear from the EDAs here as well. I wonder if it is possible for a discussion thread to created to allow EDA execs/volunteers to share information from the local ridings.

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  • Gary Martin posted an update 3 years, 3 months ago

    Here’s one for @Geoff-Regan (and @Stephane-Boisvert) — #netneutrality: http://www.liberal.ca/newsroom/news-release/statement-net-neutrality-liberal-critic-industry-consumer-affairs-geoff-regan/

    OpenMedia.ca will be meeting with Industry Minister Christian Paradis via teleconference on September 8, 2011, and they want to know what you would like…[Read more]

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  • Peter Luk posted an update 3 years, 3 months ago

    Please stop the loose talk about an merger with the NDP. It could have the potential to sap morale in our party(I’m talking about the Liberal party of course) because the prospect of our non-existence is demoralizing. Don’t take the loose talk seriously. I think most Liberals would like for our party to continue to exist as the Liberal voice is…[Read more]

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    • Peter, I would like to agree with you but unfortunately the reality of politics in Canada is that the Liberal position in the political spectrum is shared by the NDP and to a lesser extent the Greens. The right was consolidate when the Alliance and Conservatives merged. The voters of Canada lean to the left or the right. If the left is split then…[Read more]

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      • Perhaps one of the questions we should be debating should be whether we should be a “left of centre” party or a “centre” party. Personally, I Identify myself as a Liberal because it is not ideologically left or right. Perhaps one reason why so many Canadians voted conservative is because they sensed that the Liberals are drifting left.

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        • Good point Ryan. If we had a Vision for the County supported by most Canadians we would not have to define ourselves as left or centre. Instead we would campaign on our ability to achieve that vision for Canadians.

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    • It’s tempting to talk of merger due to the nature of the’first-past-the-post’ system. Currently, the NDP are not interested in merging with us, which suits me fine. Let them make fools of themselves in the HoC. As Michael Ignatieff said on May 2nd, nothing guarantees a Liberal resurgence like 4 years of Conservative government and NDP opposition.

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    • To me, there is no specific box into which I, and I suspect you, fit. I see people as having varing views all across the polkitical spectrum. There are things advocated by the NDP, though few of them, with which I agree. Though I think they offer whatever they think you want – knowing they’re unlikely to hold power. Their avowed “Socialism” turns…[Read more]

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  • Gunther G. posted an update 3 years, 3 months ago

    #renewal – How about making the next Pesident & Executive elections a one member one vote trial run for the the next leadership race? Everyone running should send out a detailed and complete resume including their reason for seeking the position to every member of the LPC to make it an informed decision… Now that would be a true renewal of…[Read more]

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    • Just to be clear, what I’m about to say is a question, not a statement. And it’s not intended as a leading question, but rather a question asked out of my ignorance on the matter.

      Is a one-member-one-vote election for the executive currently possible or does the Liberal Party Constitution specify a delegated election? If the latter, if people…[Read more]

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    • From today’s G&M ANTONIA MAIONI about the centre

      “Move away from the middle of the road: For years, Liberals have fed off the notion of moderation and centrism, of being neither here nor there. But the middle of the road can be a dangerous place – especially if you don’t know where you’re going. The Liberal Party’s challenge is to reimagine the…[Read more]

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      • The Liberal party I support, am a Victory Fund member of and vote for is a non-ideological, centrist party that is neither left nor right, fiscally responsible and socially and environmentally conscious… To become anything else betrays what the vast majority of true Liberals believe what the Liberal Party of Canada is… Becoming essentially NDP…[Read more]

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  • Alexzander Samuelsson posted an update 3 years, 3 months ago

    #website I found a glitch. I could modify my comment box size to the rightas well as up and down. I accidentally modified it’s size to behind the column just to the right and can not “grab” it to resize it within view. Consequently I had to click community to reset the comment box size and back within view.

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  • Ted Hsu posted an update 3 years, 3 months ago

    Just edited my profile and am exploring this place for the first time. Hello everybody!

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  • Douglas Wilkie posted an update 3 years, 3 months ago

    #Renewal: The Canadian Vision: The Liberal Party and other parties have lost their guiding principles, their vision. Someone once said that if you don’t have a destination any road will get you there. I love our national anthem that states we are a nation “glorious and free”. But that is not a Vision that will guide us to the future. In the 90s…[Read more]

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    • Well said!

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    • Douglas, to expand on your comment, perhaps the community should try to boil down our thoughts into a single phrase that represents the “Canadian Vision” or “Liberal Vision”.

      I agree that we need to get away from the tired old catch phrases and come up with something that inspires people to get involved. When I read “jobs, jobs, jobs” quotes in…[Read more]

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      • Doug, I agree.
        As Social Liberals we have a responsibility to cast a large net so that when we next govern we do so in a way that builds our country not divides it. We need to have a vision so large that it embraces and acknowledges other views and positions Canada as an ambassador for justice and peace on the international stage.

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  • Craig Samuelsson posted an update 3 years, 3 months ago

    Is officially a card carrying Liberal, and proud to be so.

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  • Jim Wallace posted an update 3 years, 3 months ago

    #renewal The idea of streamlining the LPC by eliminating one or more of the layers of the party structure makes sense. Technology allows for more direct access to everyone in the party and reduces the need for ideas, questions, and even constitutional ammendments to be filtered in order to avoid a logjam. The recent extraordinary convention along…[Read more]

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  • Joyce Murray posted an update 3 years, 3 months ago

    Hello everyone! I am really enjoying the great content that is already flooding the interactive site. As Liberal Critic for #tourism (along with Small Business, Asia-Pacific Gateway, and Western Economic Diversification) I would love to hear your thoughts on The Conservative government’s refusal to showcase Canada at World’s Fair, Expo 2012 in…[Read more]

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    • Hi Joyce, thanks for taking the time to talk to Canadians about issues surrounding our country. This new website is a great way for everyone to feel that their voice is being heard and connect directly with MPs.

      Regarding the government’s refusal to showcase Canada at the World’s Fair, I think it shows how much their priorites are mixed up.…[Read more]

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    • Ms. Murray: I applaud you efforts in this regard. When I heard about the Federal govt not funding a pavilion for the Expo 2012 Worlds Fair in Yeosu, South Korea, I was aghast….I understand that we are the only nation of the G20 who will not be represented…a sad state of affairs indeed….the short-sightedness of this govt continues to astound…[Read more]

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    • Hi Joyce, the comments in your news release pretty much say it all. The sad thing is that some other government in the future will have to deal with the mess that will result from the short sighted policies of the Harper Consevatives. We have seen it with regard to immigration and now tourism. I have to think much more of the same will be coming…[Read more]

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    • Ms Murray, nice to see you here. As to your question, need I say more. Just very sad. We are losing our Identity internationally, thanks to the Harper gov’t.

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  • Nima Basharat posted an update 3 years, 3 months ago

    #renewal
    The Liberals should work on examining ways of addressing the widening gap between the rich and poor. The Conservatives don’t connect with struggling families and the downtrodden on the streets of downtown Toronto, Vancouver etc. The NDP will have a very difficult time making headway in rural areas. A forum could be set up here to discuss…[Read more]

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    • Perhaps there could be daycare spaces for aboriginal or disadvantaged children. From good day care people they would learn self-esteem and self-respect as well as proper nourishment and good education.

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      • About Daycare: I urge every Liberal to remind their NDP “friends” that we almost had national daycare until Saint Jack pulled the plug on Paul Martin’s government.

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        • Yes we should. You make a very good point. This needs to be part of the election platform too.

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          • Yes, and a part of every eledction campaign should be to point out the record of the Conservatives in this country. For example, their refusal to do anything about the “Great Depression”, their destruction of an aircraft industry and loss of all thos skills and jobs, the introduction of GST with disasterous financing that made it impossible to…[Read more]

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            • I don’t have this article, but I would like to read it. Can I get it off the Internet and how can I access it?
              Thanks.

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              • You might have to contac t the Toronto Star. The article was headed, Apocalyptic crisis budgeting”. Edmond Pries, the author of the piece, teaches in the department of global studies at Wilfred Laurier University

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                • I found the article and read it. It is an interesting perspective and it makes sense. We need to help out as many provincial Liberal incumbent MPPs as possible. There are some good new and keep those ridings Liberal. I heard that Rob Ford has been sending e-mails hoping to kick the provincial Liberals out of office. There is also the chance of NDP…[Read more]

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  • Arturo Figueroa posted an update 3 years, 3 months ago

    #multicultural we need to make sure that our new citizens can contribute their equal share. There’s a benefit on knowing other cultures….but there’s a cost. We should not sacrifice the good because of the bad.

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    • I think you need to further define what you mean by “the good” and “the bad” here. #Multiculturalism is a defining facet of what I believe to be the Liberal mindset. What do you mean by bad and what set of values are you using to define it? I take a more libertarian approach here, as long as it doesn’t impinge on the rights or freedoms of another…[Read more]

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