Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Direct Democracy

The Liberal Party is asking grass roots members for questions for this Saturday's debate. Send your questions, with your name, home riding and phone number to

So for all you Joe Volpe supporters out there, this is a great chance to find out where the candidates stand on SpongeBob Squarepants...or any others issues which are important to you.

UPDATE: Same rules apply for the Moncton debates next weekend. And be sure to address your questions to all the candidates. So, in other words, questions on cross burning, food banks, and the Ontario economy circa 1993 are probably out.


  • I've been doing my own digging here in Nova Scotia to see how accessible many Liberal fundraising and renewal meetings are.

    For instance, a renewal meeting with Bill Graham and Justin Trudeau next week in Halifax is going to be held at an expensive hotel, for the price of $100.00. I also notice on the website you can spend a day golfing with Ralph Goodale for $175.00

    I wonder if anyone on CG's site can inform me if they have come across Liberal events which cost less than $100? I just fail to see how championing "direct democracy" involves meeting with the rich all the time?

    Not trying to be a dink here, just interested to see how we fundraise. I think we should be focussing on church basements, school cafeterias and community centres to hold meetings rather than luxury golf courses and expensive hotels. Don't charge more than $25 to attend. If the rich want to donate $100.00 bucks, good for them but the rest of us should be able to attend for less.

    By Blogger Forward Looking Canadian, at 8:51 a.m.  

  • The Southwestern Renewal meeting about a month back was in London, and it was only 30$ (20 if you signed up early). So some cheaper ones do exist, but then you're not getting as good amenities (it only included lunch, and I'm not even sure if an MP showed up).

    By Blogger UWHabs, at 10:12 a.m.  

  • Riley brings up here and on his blog a great point!

    I am not aware of any event sponsored by Gerard that was not free.

    See events

    300+ came to a free event at the St. Lawrence market last month (many federal and provincial Liberals were in attendance and eager to talk to everyone).


    By Blogger Peter, at 11:22 a.m.  

  • It's hard for me to get upset about the cost of attending "renewal" meetings based on an ad hoc process that may or may not see anything come of it, when the travel and registration costs for the national convention in Montreal are preventing the majority of potential delegates in my riding from signing up, regardless of the leader they support.

    By Blogger Gauntlet, at 12:31 p.m.  

  • This is all great news I am glad to hear that there are events like this.

    I think we should be promoting THESE events (the 30 dollar events and even the free events) a heck of a lot more than the 175 golf tourneys.

    We need a new image, that of grass roots and hard work. That is not accomplished at high end hotels and fancy dinners.

    I don't even mind paying 25 or 35 dollars for an event. I think that's respectable! I just want the party to come out swinging with these events. Get local communities involved and encourage people to ask questions, be involved and volunteer.

    In order to do that however our party needs a vision and goals to work towards. In return the grass roots needs to question these visions and goals and add to them. It has to start at the top though and we have to analyse what our LEADERS think. I have to say I have yet to see that first step taken because everyone seems so timid to announce hard-factual policies they would like to pursue.

    Thanks to Arnie and Peter for telling me about some regular events! Good for Kennedy for keeping his meetings free!

    By Blogger Forward Looking Canadian, at 12:37 p.m.  

  • The renewal meetings in Quebec are all free.

    Gauntlet raises a serious concern: the cost of getting here for Convention. I'm going to raise the idea of 'billeting' with some of my fellow Quebec Liberals. It might alleviate some of the cost.

    By Blogger Sinestra, at 12:49 p.m.  

  • Are the candidates willing to address reports that they are using their MP's offices for their leadership bids? Can they reassure us they will pay back the money?

    By Blogger nuna d. above, at 10:06 a.m.  

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