Saturday, January 17, 2009

Renewal Watch

OTTAWA – Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff today announced the establishment of a special committee to ensure the Liberal Party is well equipped during this critical period of reform and rejuvenation.

“Renewal will take many forms,” said Mr. Ignatieff. “It is my hope the Liberal Party of Canada will be guided by the views of each and every one of its members as we think about our policies, our structures and our methods of engaging with Canadians.”

Mr. Ignatieff said the special committee on party renewal will take into consideration the implementation of the 2006 reforms undertaken by the “Red Ribbon” task force and the ensuing constitutional amendments adopted at the Montreal convention.

It will also make key recommendations on common areas of inquiry suggested by grassroots Liberals from across the country. These include:

· the leadership selection process;
· the federated structure of the party;
· the contributions of Commissions to achieving equitable representation in the party and the pursuit of our electoral objectives; and
· the development of a clear process and tools for connecting grassroots policy development to all levels of the party. This, plus a mechanism for the review of these ideas, will facilitate feedback and encourage grassroots involvement.

The committee will be chaired by former national director Steve MacKinnon and will be co-chaired by the Honourable Navdeep Bains. It will be comprised of prominent Liberals Mike Crawley, Kelly Regan, Nancy Girard, and Joan Bourassa, as well as caucus members Bonnie Crombie, Pablo Rodriguez and Senator Grant Mitchell.


  • Didn't all of these people support MI for leadership? If you're going to "renew" the party maybe you want to have a more open process on choosing the renewal committee for starters. Sure these people are qualified, but how or why were these individuals in particular chosen to run it?

    After all the last "renewal commission" was totally ignored and was criticized as too closed door, why repeat the same mistakes?

    Will this just end up being like the Afghan Panel report: setting up an "impartial" panel to just give you (e.g., Michael Ignatieff who appointed all these people who run it) the results you already wanted and knew they would give you?

    It's early days, but not a great start.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:31 PM  

  • I would have liked to see what some non-prominent Liberals would come up with.

    By Blogger, at 8:49 PM  

  • I don't recall some of these people from the Ignatieff Team, but I have to say that 80% of caucus supported Michael, and a vast majority of the party. His team's hard work at organizing brought a lot of these people into leadership roles.

    The fact that so many Liberals supported Michael is reflected in the many who added their support when he was well on the way to victory. In other words, people who may have supported others coalesced into one solid team behind Michael.

    By Blogger WesternGrit, at 10:32 PM  

  • WG: All 3 of those caucus members (Crombie, Rodriguez and Mitchell) supported MI in 2006 and Kelly Regan is the spouse of Geoff Regan who also supported MI in 2006.

    The two national directors of this "renewal committee" (MacKinnon/Bains) definitely supported Michael this time and Steve MacKinnon was actually MI's leadership campaign director and may end even being his chief of staff or working high up in the OLO.

    As I said before these people are all definitely well qualified (and to be fair Nancy Girard and Joan Bourassa had prominent roles in drafting the last platform and preparing for the last election and Crawley has performed well as LPCO President and I'm not sure if any of them endorsed MI this time or not) but it just would have been nice to see more "reaching out" in putting this together and not have it run by execlusively MI supporters and already well established party elites.

    Could have standed to have a young Liberal put on there too I would say.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:26 PM  

  • What is this, like, the fifth renewal commission since 2006. What happened to the big Justin Trudeau wanking exercise?

    By Anonymous Bastard out of Stettler, at 11:29 PM  

  • What a joke ... corrupt, immoral wanna-be dictators will walk the funhouse mirrors to see how they can improve their happenstance. Ignore their own by-laws, if the current leader isn't getting it done, overthrow them, undercut them, ban them from caucus, run them out of their politcal spectrum. Yep, true liberal, laws unto themselves. Only fools would follow.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:25 AM  

  • Hmmmm....Anon 12:25 - no fool like a fool and a chicken that makes comments hiding in the Anon closet. You see, you don't take Anon comments seriously, because they are cowards. No one likes a coward or a Tory troll.

    Ann McClelland was a Rae supporter and she's on MI's team.

    I think people are just looking for something to complain about. No matter what he does, some will rant, cry and bellyache.

    What a waste of time.

    By Blogger RuralSandi, at 6:07 AM  

  • Is it just me questioning why if the plan is to renew the party is Iggy using Dion's map, helped by Martin?
    Makes no sense to me.

    Total renewal comes from the support base on up to a leader willing to accept their direction, no?

    Frankly I don't see that being demonstrated by Ignatieff.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:51 AM  

  • Maybe a good way to renew the Liberal party would be to stop having a stupid committee for EVERYTHING. Just. Do. It.

    By Anonymous DR, at 10:51 AM  

  • WesternGrit: I know for a fact that 80% of caucus did not support Michael Ignatieff.

    By Blogger, at 1:34 PM  

  • · the leadership selection process;

    What leadership selection process?

    Wah wah waahhhh.

    By Anonymous jason bo green, at 4:47 PM  

  • Is this true that M.I. was in Calgary on Friday? This wasn't posted on the LPC website events calendar. There was no public forum held like in BC?

    It's interesting that he apparently supports a bailout for the oil patch, or perhaps he was misquoted on that.

    I would think the best way to build up party renewal is to stop preaching only to the converted!

    By Blogger lyrical, at 3:58 PM  

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