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Ottawa 2012 Liberal Biennial Convention Reports

Posted by Mauril Bélanger on February 22, 2012 | No Comments

The Ottawa 2012 Liberal Biennial Convention was very successful at an important moment in our Party’s history.

All the sessions were well attended, in particular the constitutional amendment plenary.  Because of the many vigorous debates, we had to extend the discussion time on Saturday night. Even then we were not able to cover every proposed amendment which meant that we had to extend on Sunday morning.

This also meant that we had to cancel the presentations on the evidence based policy sessions and the Resilience of the Liberal Ideal sessions.  The evidence based policy sessions produced seven reports on the following topics:

These reports present the key points raised by the panelists, the Caucus members, and members’ online feedback as well as highlights of the question and answer session and notable ideas and suggestions.

The reports on the Resilience of the Liberal Ideal Sessions summarize the delegates’ discussions that took place during the roundtable and open microphone sessions.

Many members have requested a copy of these reports so in the spirit of openness and transparency we are happy to oblige and make them available for you to study and review.

On behalf of the Convention Organizing Committee, I would like to thank all those that took part in the convention activities, whether on site or on line, as well as all those involved in the organization of the convention.  Well done everyone!

We look forward to reading your comments.

Mauril Bélanger

Convention co-Chair and National Policy Committee Vice-Chair

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  1. Avatar of Kannan Nair Kannan Nair said on

    Every moment was great,except legalize marijuana.

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  2. Avatar of Christian Latour Christian Latour said on

    I would have supported decriminalizing but I’m not convinced on legalizing. It’s an issue on which I’ll need to educate myself before debating further.

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  3. Avatar of Kannan Nair Kannan Nair said on

    I just said ‘My opinion’.Shavluk,it is simply my opinion.

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  4. Avatar of Christian Latour Christian Latour said on

    While I thank you for the link, if I’m going to research something the last place I’m going to spend time is comments on an internet discussion thread. Anyone can comment and claim things as facts. I will begin with Google, Wiki and scientific articles. And while I’m encouraged by debate your response to M. Nair with a “those like you” statement drastically reduces your credibility. You did not even question why he opposes legalization. Perhaps he also would prefer decriminalization? You didn’t ask for him to clarify his position in any way. An outlook of “we will beat you” towards someone for having a different opinion on a single policy is symptomatic of what causes me to be apprehensive of any Conservative supporters. If the LPC is to truly be a party of the center every member should assume they will find at least a few policies that don’t agree with their personal views. That’s why it’s call compromise.

    Thanks for the discussion, have a good day.

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  5. Avatar of John McCulligh John McCulligh said on

    Your opinion is welcome Kannan… I went to the convention on your side of the fence…arrived on Wednesday and went to work on educating myself on the marijuana issue. What I really concentrated on was the evidence based information. For two days I poured over the vast information on the net. The evidence against appeared to be murky at best while medical, judicial and moral evidence was largely on the side of regulation. Still I was not convinced, so on Friday afternoon I had a sit down with some of the young liberals who backed the resolution and after that came to the conclusion that not legalizing marijuana does far more harm than legalizing it. When the vote did come my gut was still telling me this was major step but my mind and heart were telling me it was about time we liberals supported regulation of marijuana.

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