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Convention Update: A new way to choose our Leader!

Posted on January 15, 2012 | No Comments

The Liberal Party of Canada has thrown open its doors to all Canadians.

Tonight 75 percent of delegates voted in favour of creating a “supporter” category and then gave those supporters the right to elect the next Party Leader, though delegates did not extend that privilege to the election of local candidates for MP.

But with the constitutional session resuming Sunday morning at 10am, the end of this story has yet to be written, including whether the Party will adopt a system of staggered regional voting days in the election of the next Leader. Tune into Liberal Live for what happens next.

That’s the big news. Now here’s the breakdown of what passed and what failed. You can refer to this document for background on each amendment.


  • Amendment 1: Elimination of the National Revenue Committee and Appointment of Chief Revenue Officer
  • Amendment 2: Registration of supporters of the Liberal Party
  • Amendment 3: Participation of supporters in Leadership Vote
  • Amendment 5: Annual strategic plan and annual report  tabled by the National Board of Directors
  • Amendment 6 (regarding candidate nominations)
  • Amendment 8 (regarding the addition of the National Policy Vice-Chair to the Policy Approval Subcommittee)


  • Amendment 4: Participation of supporters in candidate selection meetings of their EDA
  • Amendment 7: Removing the Leader’s veto over the content of the Policy Platform
  • Amendment 9: Election of Executive Officers using a “one member, one vote” system
  • Amendment 10: Prioritization of policy resolutions using a weighted “one member, one vote” system


  • In all 3,272 Liberals filled the halls of the Ottawa Convention Centre and you should have seen the line to vote for the next executive. Expect a phenomenal voter turnout when the results of the vote are announced tomorrow.

That is all for tonight. Have a good one.


Robert Hamish Jamieson

National Membership Secretary
Liberal Party of Canada

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