Have a look in the pokes

Registered Liberal

Welcome Liberals and thank you for visiting Pig in a Poke. The Pig in a Poke idiom is used here to draw your attention to a number of very serious problems envisioned with the 'new & improved ... written - from - scratch' Constitution to be proposed at the LPC Biennial Convention in Winnipeg, May 26th to 28th.

You might not be sure where you might fit in if the proposed Constitution gets approved. Or, how your riding association will work. Or what a whole bunch of new by-laws will look like. We invite you to take a few minutes and see what we mean by clicking the Pigs in the Pokes presented below.

You might also be interested in visiting Liberal Members Matter. Liberal Members Matter


What about the future?

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The Future of the LPC is in YOUR hands. As a delegate at the Convention in Winnipeg, YOU decide the future of YOUR Party, with YOUR vote.

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Do we need a new Constitution?

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Absolutely! But ... not the proposed Constitution as it is currently written.

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Consulting with the membership?

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The consultation process was seriously flawed. Upbeat email messages, snazzy web pages and short surveys are nice to look at but they just don't cut it. Meaningful consultation with Party members has been non-existent for too long.

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Founding principles and Values?

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Principles and Values that have historically sustained the Party, in our current Constitution, are very important. Principles include: "Individual Freedom, Responsibility and Human Dignity in a Just Society, Political Freedom and meaningful participation by all persons". Where are they now?

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What happened to Democratic Renewal?

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LPC Priority Resolution 18 was carried by 80% of the 3,300 delegates (2,640 members) during the Party's Biennial Convention in Ottawa (February 2012). Resolution 18 called for "immediate" establishment of a Renewal Commission. What happened to that?

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A Party or a Movement?

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Is there a difference? According to our current Constitution, the Liberal Party is "an association of members who share certain principles". Fundamental Purposes include "endorsing members as candidates" and promoting "membership in the Party". Can an Association exist without Members?.

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"What about ME?"

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Today ... YOU are a Member of the Liberal Party of Canada. IF the proposed Constitution is approved at the Convention in Winnipeg, YOU would no longer be a Member; you would just be a Registered Liberal. Does it matter?

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"What about my Riding?"

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Today ... your Riding Association (EDA) can accept contributions, deposit money in its own bank account and use that money to pay its own bills when they come in. EDAs contribute to your candidate's campaign expenses when needed during an election campaign. EDAs regularly help with travel & accommodation expenses for Delegates it sends to Party Conventions and meetings. The proposed Constitution would change all of that.

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What about Commissions?

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There are four Commissions within the Liberal Party today. Protected in our current Constitution for years, they are: the Aboriginal Peoples' Commission, Young Liberals of Canada, National Women's Liberal Commission, and the Seniors' Liberal Commission. Changes would be 'in the works' for them too.

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What about the Council of Presidents?

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Most members don't know that the Council of Presidents is the only direct link EDA Presidents have to the National Board. It was added to the current Constitution in 2009. The proposed Constitution would eliminate it. We know it hasn't been working well ... this letter from the CoP Chair explains where the problem is.

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What about policy?

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Right now, our Policy development process is defined and protected in our current Constitution. This ensures policy development starts with YOU in your electoral district association.

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