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Members’ Update: What we decided tonight

Posted by Mike Crawley on June 13, 2012 | No Comments

Mike Crawley

I just got off the phone with our National Board of Directors and I want you to be the first to know about the outcome of our meeting.

Tonight, we have narrowed down the possible date for the leadership vote to April 2013.

During last June’s Extraordinary Convention delegates voted to set the leadership vote between March 1 and June 30, 2013. Per our Party’s Constitution, it is the Board’s job to select a precise date.

As such, we have tasked an Ad Hoc Leadership Vote and Expense Committee to focus its efforts on finding a suitable date in the month of April. This date will be confirmed over the summer.

We are now approaching a turning point for the Liberal Party of Canada.

Soon, we will reach the end of our initial period of rebuilding following last year’s election result, and be entering a leadership contest we hope will inspire and engage tens of thousands, maybe even hundreds of thousands of Canadians.

Our goal as a Board will be to encourage a competition that will be as open and inclusive as possible, that will offer Liberals a choice between the strongest possible candidates, and that will foster healthy debate at all levels of the Party.

Liberals stand for growth, hope and opportunity. And between now and April 2013, our members and any Supporter who registers for free on Liberal.ca will make our most important choice: who will represent us as the Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada.

Then it will be up to us all to work together to elect the Leader we choose in 2013, Prime Minister of Canada in 2015.

I know you may be eager to discuss this further. Please join the conversation in the comments below. You can also find me on Twitter here.

Thank you.

Mike Crawley

President
Liberal Party of Canada
@_Mike_Crawley

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  1. Avatar of Douglas Brydges Douglas Brydges said on

    Mike… Thanks for posting the result of tonight’s conference call and sending out the email blast so quickly. Your timely messages are most appreciated and help alleviate potential confusion caused by leaks to the media.

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  2. Avatar of Sean Wiltshire Sean Wiltshire said on

    I live downtown in Montreal. I can see candidates coming here quite easily in January and February to prepare for the vote.

    But what about the people who live in the many unheld rural ridings in QC? How are candidates going to tour here under a few feet of snow, and who is going to show up to hear them speak? Late May seems more intelligent to me, at least if the goal is to increase participation and sign up more supporters.

    That’s my 2 cents.

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  3. Avatar of Tania Mysak Tania Mysak said on

    Great – we have a target leadership date and now we have an open race too. Let’s not get all crazy on “leader” koolaid though. The real work of making our party relevant to Canadians again is every bit, if not even MORE important, as building our ridings. We need to change the perception we are a dying party of the past. Political parties should serve people, not themselves. Let’s demonstrate how we work for people, stake territory in evidence-based policy and show that there are Canadians out there who will lead , not simply follow polls and public opinion. And for pity’s sake, leave Justin Trudeau alone…the man has small children that he wants to be there for and we can’t place the burden of saving our party and country on his shoulders. It’s a shared responsibility….between all of us!

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  4. Avatar of Donald Wilson Donald Wilson said on

    This is all just hopeful wishing until you get the old staid riding associations like mine ( CCMV ) into the 21st century . It is closed to all but the few that keep it out of reach of all others . That little empire has to fall so the average Liberal can have a say in what happens in the riding . Many of us have stopped donating until this problem is fixed . We can’t fix it without the help of ” head office ” . Perhaps this is why the party languishes so badly in polling ? This problem of out of date riding associations sure doesn’t bring in many new members nor funds .

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    • Avatar of André Brisebois André Brisebois said on

      Hi Donald,
      It sounds like the Hijacker’s Guide might be useful for your situation in your riding. You can find it here: http://liberaluniversity.liberal.ca/eda/ It’s the 3rd bullet from the General list of items.
      Please don’t wait for “head office” to change things for your riding as we are limited in the tools at our disposal. Keep in mind that these members are also volunteers in their position so they can’t just be removed from their position.
      Our Party’s grassroots are rising to the challenge so I encourage you to connect with other ridings and members in your region to share experiences and information. You can also connect with fellow liberals on our online community at http://lpc.ca/community
      Good luck and all the best!

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  5. Avatar of Donald Wilson Donald Wilson said on

    Well said Tanya . I’d take this a bit deeper and say that riding associations shd serve the people , not themselves . Until this is accomplished we will not make the kind of progress many are hoping for . Progress has to start at the Grass Roots – not at a staid inactive riding association .

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  6. Avatar of Liam St.Louis Liam St.Louis said on

    Glad to have this all sorted out. But was the date chosen while thinking about the planned dates for the BC election? April seems to be right in the middle of the campaigning…not the best time for media coverage.

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  7. Avatar of Blaine Beaubien Blaine Beaubien said on

    It is time for someone wise and courageous to step forward and take a few on the chin for the ideals. Mr Rae is just the man who can carry us through to the ultimate leader. He is wise, passionate and compassionate. He also neither wants (in my opinion) the role, and knows that his baggage is too heavy. Like many others, I believe the future is in our youth, and Justin is almost primed, and in one or two years of exposure, will be ready to bring Canada back to the ideals of liberalism, which I fear have been misplaced, but are now being found again.

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  8. Avatar of Robert Smiley Robert Smiley said on

    But the big question is will Bob Rae be allowed to stand for the leadership? Others touted are either too young and inexperienced or simply not well enough known.

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  9. Avatar of Blaine Beaubien Blaine Beaubien said on

    I’m not suggesting Bob Rae IS the man, as he may not be eligible, but he certainly has the strength to take the potshots and give back the brand of statesmanship that would seriously derail the conservative train of thought. He doesn’t want or deserve the abuse. He is just the perfect man to deflect it back…at this moment.

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  10. Avatar of Blaine Beaubien Blaine Beaubien said on

    Mr Dion was a brilliant man who couldn’t communicate effectively. Mr Ignatieff didn’t fight back until the 10th round, but by then it was far too late. Mr Rae made tough but kind decisions when he was in power. Unfortunately the short sighted ultimately ousted him in favour of Harris. This is a man with integrity, who can take a blow and give it right back. At this time, I see two strong leaders. The other, Justin, needs recognition nationwide to be ready, and Alberta is by no means a total write-off, no matter how they feel about his dad there.

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  11. Avatar of Dianne porter Dianne porter said on

    Thanks for the clear update on the leadership process. I find it very distasteful that back room pressure is being put on potential candidates. I thought the membership got to choose the next leader. But if the starting gate is rigged so that some start ahead of others, or if some are restricted from the race altogether. with pressure from the current elected bunch on some people not to run….,, for a wonder anyone remains a Liberal. Clean up your act Party and MPs and senior Liberals.

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  12. Avatar of Jennifer Ross Jennifer Ross said on

    Thank you to Mr. Rae for a principled decision. That will serve our party well, and not leave us scrambling for an interim leader in the meantime. And you wasted good Conservative money–a lot of it–in the meantime, which is deserving of great thanks for that alone. Well done!

    The objections you heard to your running does not mean we don’t love you and value you and want you to stick around. Because I, for one (can’t speak for everyone) very much do love you and value you and want you to stick around. But you made the right decision.

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  13. Avatar of Paul Seppala Paul Seppala said on

    Thanks for the prompt update Mike. I hope will have a lively and vigourously contended campaign with at least a couple of unexpected candidates. While I backed Bob in 2006 and admire him as our ablest MP, today’s decision is probably the best for the party. The race is wide open and should be a key part of our rebuilding.

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  14. Avatar of Russell Smith Russell Smith said on

    Well said, Dianne Porter.
    Even if Bob Rae won’t serve as leader, I’m glad we have his charisma and wisdom on our side.
    Justin Trudeau is not ready, probably never will be. The style and shadow of his father is no longer an advantage.
    I’m looking very closely at David McGuinty.
    What is the nomination process, and when does it begin?

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    • Avatar of André Brisebois André Brisebois said on

      Hi Russell,
      To answer your question re: the nomination process and when it begins…
      - Candidates cannot become official candidates until the Leadership race is officially launched
      - Since we now know that it will be some time in April 2013, our Constitution says that it must be officially launched 5 months prior to the official voting day. That would mean some time in November 2012.
      - Re: the nomination process, have a read at chapter.15, section 62, of our Constitution for more info: http://djsvoutqo4b1q.cloudfront.net/files/2012/04/Liberal-Party-of-Canada-2012-Constitution-English.pdf

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      • Avatar of Martin Showell Martin Showell said on

        André – Can you clarify please …5 months prior to the official voting day… is that a “minimum” a “maximum” or both? Does this mean the the leadership race CAN’T be officially launched until November? Our just that it must be launched sometime prior to December?

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        • Avatar of André Brisebois André Brisebois said on

          Hi Martin,
          Our constitution says: “the National Board of Directors must set a date for a Leadership Vote to be held within five months” (section 61). If we plan to hold the Leadership Vote in April, that means that it can’t officially be launched until November (5 months prior). When the Board declares the beginning of the race, it MUST hold the vote within 5 months.
          Of course we can expect that there will be a lot of activity before November. It just means that there’s no official paperwork to file before November.

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          • Avatar of Martin Showell Martin Showell said on

            Thank you André

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  15. Avatar of Wyatt Rathwell Wyatt Rathwell said on

    Has anyone thought of asking Danny Williams if he would be interested in running for the leadership? I think Canada needs a man who will stand up for Canada, and clean up Ottawa.

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  16. Avatar of Peter Haley Peter Haley said on

    April 17, Charter of Rights and Freedoms signing date, might be considered.

    Thank you Bob Rae, you did the honourable thing and are serving the Party well.

    It’s unlikely that the Liberals will form the next government, there’s too much to regain and too little time and money. And it’s just as unlikely that Canadians will vote in the NDP. Great consideration should be given to a Liberal Democratic Party if we are to retain all the normalcy which once made us the envy of the world.

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    • Avatar of David Momotiuk David Momotiuk said on

      Sometime in the first or second week in April might be appropriate. Many government fiscal years would have begun as well as the private sectors’ second quarter. Later in April has more University and College exams.

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  17. Avatar of Margaret Pykalo Margaret Pykalo said on

    Robert Smiley
    Most of great leaders were unknown before their time came to shine. Have you heard of Barack Obama prior to 2008? Wasn’t PET a totally unknown until he caught the country by storm in the late 60s?
    I agree, give the young ones a chance, with the solid backup of experienced and seasoned ministers.

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