Tuesday, January 17

Update and 'Report on Federal Liberal Convention 2011'

In response to readers that question why such a big hiatus in communication since the election I submit the following – shortly after the Federal Election I was asked to co-chair the Alberta Liberal Leadership which kept me very busy over the summer. Also, unfortunately in June I was diagnosed with a major health issue that had to be dealt with and I was under treatment until late in the year. However; I have recuperated and was able to attend the exciting Federal Liberal Convention held in Ottawa this past weekend and the following is a report on the Convention:

Since the last election several including Peter C. Newman, Craig Oliver kept pushing that Liberals were dead. However, a couple of people tell me that Peter’s book despite raising the question that Liberals are dead is kind to us. So much for such contentions; the National Convention this past week-end in Ottawa proved that we are very much alive. I was elated to see the upsurge not only young people attending but also the number of those that admitted that they had returned to the fold. Needless to say I am very happy that I was able to be part of such a dynamic week-end.

It was interesting to observe the newspaper reports that still tried to make the weekend sound controversial whether their reason is to try sell newspapers or what. All the predictions were off. They still tried to have us believe the “old boys/girls” network was active as ever. However, the outcome of the weekend demonstrated otherwise since the young people had their way electing young new President, Mike Crawley, former President of the Ontario Liberals. As we expected Bob Rae performed super electrifying everyone with his campaign-style speeches over the weekend.

There were apparently more Liberals at the convention than at Conservative and ND conventions combined and of course their reps attended and were welcomed. Olivia Chow was representing the NDP. Allan MacEachan former Cabinet-minister from Trudeau years was honored on Thursday evening for his many years of service and four former Prime Ministers attended the opening and Lethbridge was well represented. On Sunday a couple of us had lunch with our beloved Senator, Joyce Fairbairn. Unfortunately as it usually is in winter Ottawa was well below freezing and bitterly cold.

A lot of work was achieved and the majority of the resolutions were passed receiving the two-third majority required modernizing and bringing party policy in line with Canadian thinking and the party got its with to move ahead with arrangements for a call-center to help connect with members and increase funding to help us counter the increase in Conservative propaganda and attack adds that have destroyed and defined us in recent years. The major resolution put forward by the youth that would allow Canadians elect our own Head-of State did not receive adequate support and similarly one on US style Primaries due to discomfort with the wording.

One of the highlights was a spell-binding presentation by Don Tapscott, Best Selling Author and adjunct professor Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto on ‘Rethinking Government and Democracy for the age of Network Intelligence. He encouraged us to seize the opportunity before us akin to other major junctures in history i.e. Industrial Revolution needing a new way of looking at how we do things. We also had a presentation from a couple of experts from the US Democratic National Campaign team discussing how social media helped Mr. Obama outwit the Republicans to win the Primaries and the Presidency.

The whole w/e was most stimulating and invigorating with new ideas and challenges and I for one expect great things but we must all do continue our part. It still boils down to lots of hard work and personal contact with the electorate to win and keep winning. The biggest change and challenge will be to engage not only the many members that do little but also engage the broader category of supporters. Please share your ideas since we want to hear your ideas. Contact me or any member of the party and share your ideas.


Michael Cormican, Past Candidate

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

If you wiѕh foг to tаke a
good ԁeal fгom this ρost then you have to aρρly thеse teсhniqueѕ to уοur won blog.
My site > Loans for Bad Credit

Anonymous said...

Excellent itеmѕ from you, man. Ι've take note your stuff previous to and you're simρly extremely excеllent.
I really lіkе what уou hаve bought hеre, ceгtainlу like
ωhat you're stating and the best way by which you say it. You make it entertaining and you continue to take care of to keep it wise. I can't wаit tο lеarn far more from you.
That iѕ reallу a tгemendous website.



My website ... Engagement Rings
my web page :: Engagement Rings

Anonymous said...

must check AMmeaAqV [URL=http://www.cheapdesigner--handbags.weebly.com/]knock off designer purses[/URL] for more cZQfPzNV [URL=http://www.cheapdesigner--handbags.weebly.com/ ] http://www.cheapdesigner--handbags.weebly.com/ [/URL]

Anonymous said...

I think everything published made a great deal of sense.
However, what about this? suppose you composed a catchier post title?
I mean, I don't wish to tell you how to run your website, however suppose you added a title that grabbed folk's attention?
I mean "Update and 'Report on Federal Liberal Convention 2011'" is kinda vanilla.
You ought to glance at Yahoo's home page and watch how they write article headlines to grab viewers interested. You might add a related video or a related picture or two to grab people excited about what you've
got to say. Just my opinion, it would make your
posts a little livelier.

Also visit my web-site :: DaveCaruso's profile — ALVA Nanoface

Anonymous said...

Hey There. I found your blog using msn. This is a really well written article.
I'll make sure to bookmark it and come back to read more of your useful info. Thanks for the post. I will certainly comeback.

Also visit my website - Ohio Moving

Anonymous said...

The other day, while I was at work, my cousin stole my apple ipad and tested
to see if it can survive a twenty five foot drop, just so
she can be a youtube sensation. My apple ipad is now broken and
she has 83 views. I know this is totally off topic but I
had to share it with someone!

my web blog :: how much should i weigh for my height

Anonymous said...

Thanks on уοur marνеlouѕ poѕtіng!
I actually еnjoyeԁ reading іt, you maу
be a great authог. I will make sure tο
booκmark уоur blog and definіtеly
will comе back іn the futuгe. I want to enсourage уοu to definitely сontіnue
your gгeat ωгiting, haѵe а
nіcе еvening!

Feel free to visit my ωeblog :: Payday Loans

Anonymous said...

Howdy are uѕing Wоrdpreѕѕ for yоur site рlаtfoгm?
Ӏ'm new to the blog world but I'm trying
to get staгted and creаte my own.
Do you nеed аny coding κnowledge to mаke youг own blog?
Any help would be rеally apprеciаted!


Μy sіte stock options training

Anonymous said...

Hoωdy juѕt wanted to givе yοu a brіеf heads
up and let you know a few of the pіctures arеn't loading properly. I'm not
ѕurе whу but I thinκ its a
linking issue. I've tried it in two different browsers and both show the same outcome.

Also visit my webpage ... Healthysenseofself.Com

Anonymous said...

I'm curious to find out what blog system you happen to be working with? I'm having some
small security issues with my latest website and I would like to find something more safe.
Do you have any suggestions?

Here is my homepage: Lift and glow pro reviews

Anonymous said...

I don't know if it's just me or if perhaps everyone else experiencing issues with your blog.
It appears as though some of the text on your
content are running off the screen. Can somebody else please comment
and let me know if this is happening to them too? This might be a problem with my internet browser because I've had this happen before. Kudos

Feel free to visit my website Check This Out

Anonymous said...

Hello my loved one! I wish to say that this article is awesome, nice written and include almost all vital infos.
I would like to look more posts like this .

my website :: key-Personnel.Com

Anonymous said...

It's going to be end of mine day, but before ending I am reading this impressive piece of writing to increase my knowledge.

Also visit my web page; No Broker Payday Loans

Anonymous said...

Hello to all, the contents present at this website are actually amazing for people knowledge, well, keep up the nice work fellows.


Also visit my page; instant cash loans

Anonymous said...

Everything is very open with a precise explanation of
the issues. It was really informative. Your site is very
useful. Many thanks for sharing!

my web site ... what is going green :: http://www.saminnet.info/nw/index.php?option=com_blog&view=comments&pid=12308&Itemid=231 ::

Anonymous said...

There iѕ сеrtainly a great deal to leаrn about thіs topic.

I like all of thе points уou’ve made.


Visіt mу webpagе - losing weight after 50