1) At the LPoC whoop-up a few weeks back (actually a meet-&-greet with party President wannabes), I was able to speak briefly with Paul Summerville, a candidate for National Policy Chair. Paul has "recently put forth a constitutional amendment proposal to the party to democratize a number of policy related elements in the party's constitution.". Imp has her own take on these proposals through the preceding link; I find myself most interested in this one:
2) Cherniak has a piece up on his Facebook site re The LPoC decision refusing accreditation to citizen journalists at the upcoming convention in Ottawa. God knows I've fought with Jason over the years, but as one of the very first wave of Canadian political bloggers, and as someone who had a hand in how the LPoC developed its online strategy over the last decade, he has earned at least a small spot in the history books. So when he says the current policy is a step in the wrong direction, he should know.
Not that too much should be made of the issue. This truly is "inside baseball" stuff of little importance to the broader population. Nevertheless, its a stupid move. Why, for example, would you want to keep the Stephen Taylor's (CPoC) and Dr. Dawg's of the world off the convention floor? Partisan or no, these people can get your message through to a crowd that may not otherwise get a chance to hear it.
The Summerville amendments to the constitution are a bold step towards remedying the internal democratic deficits of our party.
Anyone who wants to renew the LPC should suppport the passing of these amendments at the coming convention. Let your voices be heard!
And while we're about it, how about fixing the way ordinary members can on a continuous basis float proposals for debate by members on policy matters, and on constitutional changes?
The European Parliament has shown the way with its 2012 Citizens' Initiative concept - why don't we take a leaf out of their book and allow our members and the new class of Supporters similar rights?
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