There is a nomination contest in my riding, because Skelton is not running in the next election. If I pick the winner early, help on the campaign, lend her my book on flat tax, I figure I can influence policy that way.
Posted: Fri Feb 15, 2008 2:07 pm Post subject: Re: The Living Policy
One thing that I like about the Green Party is the willingness to listen to the people and giving people the opportunity to give suggestions on policy formation.
That kind of "grass roots" approach is what the Reform/Alliance brought to this new coalition. The old PC crowd were almost Liberal as far as that "government knows best" attitude... and a few other aspects as well...
There is a downside to having that kind of connection to your grass roots. If a MP has to make a hard choice between what's best for the country and what's best for his constituency, it makes for bitter riding association meetings.
However. With a "living policy", not connected to specific constituencies (unless you WANT to attach your electoral district...), the "grass roots" opinions could be put out there without those conflicts.
I'd just like a forum (like this one...) where I KNOW that policy makers are listening.
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