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Craig
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 05, 2009 9:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

potan wrote:
I think more of us should consider running for public office, given that you are qualified. Some of us on right side of the spectrum are often too scared of public opinion or the prospect of having to convince a skeptical electorate and have allowed the progressive elements of the Conservative Party to be the public face. That needs to change.


I ran for the FCP. I spent about $500 to print off 5000 brochures. I folded them and distributed them door to door by myself. Some people cursed at me. But I recall walking away from one house and hearing a woman proclaim "yeah the family coalition party is running in our riding". It was a great experience even though I only received 1600 votes (1%). Hey, I beat the Freedom Party (darn libertarians ;))
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 06, 2009 5:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Craig wrote:
potan wrote:
I think more of us should consider running for public office, given that you are qualified. Some of us on right side of the spectrum are often too scared of public opinion or the prospect of having to convince a skeptical electorate and have allowed the progressive elements of the Conservative Party to be the public face. That needs to change.


I ran for the FCP. I spent about $500 to print off 5000 brochures. I folded them and distributed them door to door by myself. Some people cursed at me. But I recall walking away from one house and hearing a woman proclaim "yeah the family coalition party is running in our riding". It was a great experience even though I only received 1600 votes (1%). Hey, I beat the Freedom Party (darn libertarians ;))


5000 fliers for 1600 votes. I say that was pretty solid if you think about it. Knocking on doors is good, I'd love to know my neighbors better. How does an organization get built. I know this is pretty small potatoes, but an exciting experience.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 06, 2009 5:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

An organization starts with the 3 Fs:

Family, Friends and Funds

I'd approach family and friends first. Ask them to volunteer and/or give a donation.

Secondly I'd look at the municipal election returns of the candidates in the last few elections and find businesses that donate every election to different candidates. There are some businesses out there that like to help local democracy and they donate to anybody who asks.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 06, 2009 8:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

How does one find out information on municipal returns? I can't even find previous election results, need to book an appointment to get time at the local archives to see them, Library doesn't have old newspapers on file
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 16, 2010 4:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

People are obsessed with the Federal level of politics, and to a lesser extent the Provincial level, but have let the Municipal level slide.

Municipalities have been more or less taken over by a cabel of public service unions and leftish politicians (who cater to their union clients). As well, this is a training ground for politicians and activists to work or advance to the senior levels of government. People who stand for conservative principles need to get heavily involved in civic politics and take over the bottom level of government. This will also educate the public that classical liberal/libertarian principles do indeed work, and provide a much broader voter base for parties and politicans who adhere to these principles as opposed to Progressive/Socialist politicians and parties.

Where to go?

London, ON: The Forest City Institute http://forestcityinstitute.ca/
Windsor ON: WeACT http://www.weact.ca/
Toronto ON: The Toronto Party http://www.thetorontoparty.com/
Ottawa ON: Eye on Ottawa: http://www.eyeonottawa.ca/
Mac





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PostPosted: Sat Jan 16, 2010 7:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thucydides wrote:
People are obsessed with the Federal level of politics, and to a lesser extent the Provincial level, but have let the Municipal level slide.

Municipalities have been more or less taken over by a cabel of public service unions and leftish politicians (who cater to their union clients). As well, this is a training ground for politicians and activists to work or advance to the senior levels of government. People who stand for conservative principles need to get heavily involved in civic politics and take over the bottom level of government. This will also educate the public that classical liberal/libertarian principles do indeed work, and provide a much broader voter base for parties and politicans who adhere to these principles as opposed to Progressive/Socialist politicians and parties.

Where to go?

London, ON: The Forest City Institute http://forestcityinstitute.ca/
Windsor ON: WeACT http://www.weact.ca/
Toronto ON: The Toronto Party http://www.thetorontoparty.com/
Ottawa ON: Eye on Ottawa: http://www.eyeonottawa.ca/

Agreed on all points. The funny part is the lowest level of government has the greatest individual impact on the lives of citizens. Go figure.

-Mac
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 21, 2010 4:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

We actually see this trend in Alberta as well. My pet theory is that this is actually caused by a lack of partisanship in municipal politics - without party lines or labels, ideological and philosophical concerns fall by the wayside, and municipal elections become even more image and charisma centred than is typical. Party affiliation is a rough (albeit far from perfect) statement of beliefs or principles, and without that yard stick, socialist impulses are easily concealed.

I'm not suggesting that provincial or national parties take an interest in municipal government - but I think semi-partisan structures would be enormously helpful in boosting conservative success and participation in local politics.
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