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PostPosted: Thu Mar 05, 2009 7:26 pm    Post subject: Liberals set new donor & member targets for mp's Reply with quote

Ignatieff sets donor, member targets for MPs
Article Comments (348) BRIAN LAGHI AND JANE TABER

From Thursday's Globe and Mail

March 4, 2009 at 9:56 PM EST

OTTAWA — Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff has put his MPs on notice that they will have to meet new membership and donor targets in their ridings or face the prospect of an internal challenge to their right to carry the party banner.

In a move aimed at rebuilding the party's membership base and fundraising abilities, the Liberal Leader is insisting that sitting MPs maintain a roster of 400 party members and a minimum of 40 monthly ‘Victory Fund' donors, those signed up to shell out at least $10 or more per month.

MPs who received fewer than 20,000 votes in the last election will be allowed to have a lower membership threshold, based on a formula.

In return, Mr. Ignatieff would not allow nomination battles in the ridings of individuals who successfully meet the targets. One source said the number of Liberal-held ridings with 400 or more members can be measured in the dozens. There are currently 77 Liberal MPs and 308 ridings across the country. The move is one in a series that Mr. Ignatieff is making to rebuild a party whose fundraising and organization has come under criticism.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 05, 2009 7:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i have questions for my own posting , does anyone know how many members on average does a riding association usually have ? is this 400 member target below or above average numbers ?
and do you think igantieff might be doing this to possibly remove some unwanted mp's from the party or what might be the reasons ?
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 05, 2009 7:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would say 400 is the MINIMUM that a sitting MP should have.

Ideally most ridings have a target number of 1000 on the CP side.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 05, 2009 8:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cool Blue wrote:
I would say 400 is the MINIMUM that a sitting MP should have.

Ideally most ridings have a target number of 1000 on the CP side.


guess it would likely depend on the population of the riding as some are much bigger or smaller than others .

for the liberals even if they sign up these extra members most aren't going to ever do much beyond paying the original sign up fee , just don't see the typical liberal geting that active , here in ontario they look like big organizations but in reality very small with a few running the show

and i somehow wonder about the idea of having a forced membership drive as usually they grow or shrink depending on whats going on , like in 2004 the cpc ones really grow as there was a leadership race and nomination meetings in many ridings . if the liberals really wanted there numbers to grow they should of had a leadeship race not a coronation .
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 05, 2009 10:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

RCO wrote:
guess it would likely depend on the population of the riding as some are much bigger or smaller than others .


While some ridings may run as low as 60,000, that shouldn't be a barrier to selling 1,000 memberships ... as long as you're making the effort, and people will actually buy what the party's selling.

Grope and Maul wrote:
...minimum of 40 monthly ‘Victory Fund' donors, those signed up to shell out at least $10 or more per month.

To me, this seems the more unachievable, especially given the rumours of many of these being cancelled over the coalition imbroglio.
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