Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Independence Day

Today is the last day to buy a membership for the Liberal Party to be eligible to vote at the delegate selection meetings in September. So anyone out there who would like to have a say in choosing the next leader of the Liberal Party should sign up online today. Who knows - it might be the start of a magical journey which one day lands you as the ambassador in a tropical country.

Campbell Clark looks at some of the nuts and bolts of the campaign in the campaign in today's Globe. The ground war often gets overlooked by the mainstream media but (for better or worse) that's how these things are won.


UPDATE: Jimmy K proclaims that Volpe has sold 35,000 to 37,000 forms which will put him "pretty well in the lead". Uh-huh.

12 Comments:

  • The Clark piece in the Globe reminds me of the cover story in Toronto Life about signing up ethnic communities as members in the Liberal party. It was quite messy-knives pulled at Liberal meetings-but had a big pay-off. The result is lots of Liberal seats in the GTA.

    Of course the real goal is to get the new members out to vote, something Volpe will likely excel at and the smaller leadership campaigns won't have the resources to do.

    By Blogger nuna d. above, at 1:35 PM  

  • Interesting to see Bob Rae as the only campaign using a professional call centre.

    If I were an enterprising journalist or ambitious blogger, I might check out if it's being paid for properly, and not in any way being donated by the "senior Ontario organizer."

    Or am I just being too paranoid here? lol

    By Blogger The Cyber Menace, at 2:48 PM  

  • Volpe is going to surprise everyone with a very good showing. He has a great ground game, and as any honest Liberal will tell you, he is willing to use every nasty trick in the book. He is better at rounding up ethnic votes than anyone else in the caucus, with the possible exception of his campaign chair, the Notorious Jimmy K. His fundraising numbers are very high according to the Globe, even without the kiddie money. This week he was complaining about the membership deadline extension in Newfoundland, likely a sign that they are confident in their numbers there. Unfortunately for the Libs, Volpe may end up being a kingmaker....god help them.

    By Blogger Scott in Ottawa, at 5:21 PM  

  • Doesn't the donation of a call centre's services count as a donation? Like, what is the service worth?

    By Blogger Penny, at 6:15 PM  

  • "...and as any honest Liberal will tell you, he is willing to use every nasty trick in the book."


    Perfect....just what our Party needs to reflect...more nasty tricks. Joe ain't goin' nowhere OR if he does, the Party ain't goin' nowhere with Canadians for a long time.

    By Blogger Intcord, at 6:20 AM  

  • Mafia Joe and Jimmy the Greek represent the worst the Liberal Party can offer.

    It would be nice to see the front running campaigns join together and commit that none of them will negotiate with Volpe in exchange for support from his delegates.

    Not that would happen, though.

    By Blogger Manitoba Liberal, at 8:43 AM  

  • Seriously,

    You guys need to get Volpe out of your party, now.

    For us, he's the gift that keeps on giving. :)

    By Blogger Toronto Tory, at 12:45 PM  

  • Joe Volpe, and those like him, are waht created the impression the Liberal party is only out for itself. Sadly, Joe VOlpe is only one of many....exactly like him.

    By Blogger James Halifax, at 12:51 AM  

  • Volpe is currently a boil on the backside of the Liberal Party of Canada. If only there were a way to lance that boil.

    By Blogger Psychols, at 2:53 AM  

  • Aww..come on guys, you know that Joe Volpe is the Gallant of your party. On the other hand, we muzzle our crazies these days..the Liberal Party lets them run for leader and reportedly have a shot to winning based on their ability to sign up ethnic communities. But then again it would be great to see Volpe win and do for the Liberal Party what Stockwell Day did for the Canadian Alliance.

    By Blogger Chris, at 5:05 AM  

  • Maybe someone should check the age requirements on new Liberal party members?

    =P

    By Blogger SouthernOntarioan, at 10:56 AM  

  • I wouls suggest that Volpe is grossley overestimating his numbers. Suhk Dhalliwal sold a lot of membeships for Volpe and he has now joined Iggy. I am sure Volpe is counting them as his but where or even if they vote is a big question.

    By Blogger Aristo, at 12:56 PM  

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