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2012 Convention Survey Summary of Results

Posted on September 6, 2012

1. Which three policy priorities would you like the 2012 LPCBC Policy Conference to focus on?

  • Economy, Jobs (51%)
  • Health Care (41%)
  • Environment (38%)
  • Poverty, inequality (23%)
  • Canada’s place in the world (18%)
  • Seniors, aging society, pensions (16%)

2. Should the Convention Committee prioritize policy resolutions for the 2012 Conference supported by more than one riding association or commission?

  • Yes (75%)

3. Do you support the idea of posting resolutions on the LPCBC web-site and prioritizing them through an on-line voting process?

  • No (82%)

4. Who should LPCBC invite to address the LPCBC Conference as a keynote speaker?

  • Justin  Trudeau
  • Hon. Bob Rae
  • Other common choices: Rt. Hon. Paul Martin; Rt. Hon. Jean Chretien; AFN Chief Shawn Atleo; David Suzuki; Mark Carney

5. Which two of these proposals from the 2011 LPCBC campaign platform do you support most?

  • New federal regional economic development agency for BC to focus on job creation in key sectors (51%)
  • National centre for multi-cultural health that would include a strong presence in BC, emphasis on cancer prevention, heart health, diabetes and recognition of foreign trained health professionals (47%)
  • Seismic upgrading of BC hospitals and schools under renewed national infrastructure program (39%)
  • Community partnerships to protect wild salmon habitat & promote stream conservation (26%)
  • Promote responsible & flexible approach to negotiations with province regarding the BC HST (20%)

6. Which TWO of the following resolutions passed at the 2011 LPCBC AGM in Victoria do you support most?

  • Implement a national child care policy as outlined in the National Early Learning and Child Care Program (55%)
  • Ensure each province spends a minimum amount of the federal health payments on promoting healthy lifestyles in youth and preventative health care programs. (45%)
  • funding and transparency for research into interactions between wild and farmed salmon (24%)
  • Enter into federal/provincial negotiations to create a national policy for debt collection that ensures repayment of credit is applied first to balances with the highest interest rate, then progressively to balances of lower rates and fees. (20%)
  • Enter into federal/provincial negotiations to harmonize standards for welfare (17%)

7. How would you like to see the Liberal Party’s policy development process improved? (Summary of common responses)

  • Focus on a small number of issues.  Use advanced presentation techniques.
  • Policy must be based upon subjects that matter and have depth of meaning appreciated by all people.
  • Focus on no more than 5 relevant and specific issues that differentiate us from the other parties.
  • Every time we have an exciting policy proposal, we should have an exciting financial plan to carry it out.
  • Chose fewer topics for more In-depth study.
  • Policy proposals that attract a minimum level of support – say at least three ridings – should be forwarded to the national policy-setting body.
  • When we reach the policy convention in BC we seem to rush through proposals too quickly with not enough time to improve or streamline proposals from the EDA’s.
  • When developing any policy – take into account – both rural & urban populations.
  • Reach out to more people for their input not just party members.
  • Presenting of the “face of the LPC” to the Canadian voter should begin ASAP.
  • A lot of people cannot afford to attend conventions but they can forward their ideas electronically.
  • As a new member, I am not familiar enough with the policy development process to answer this question.
  • There should be a mechanism where the party supports action on initiatives that address local concerns.
  • Process needs to be nimble, flexible and not be afraid to tackle issues that extend beyond geographical borders or disciplinary boundaries.
  • Provide a preliminary evaluation step that makes it easy for ridings to co-operate in creating policy ideas.
  • Surveys and getting reactions to ideas seem to be working.  Feedback from members in stage-to-stage policy development is necessary.
  • Form a policy dialogue group in each association/riding headed by the local Policy Chair.
  • Make sure that Liberals are in the loop.
  • Have regional policy conferences in less formal environments to promote local initiatives and cooperation of multiple ridings in getting their policy promoted on the agenda.
  • Use structured approach like the Delphi method (
  • I am an emergency physician on the front lines of health care.  My colleagues and I would be a great source of info for future health policy ideas.  Ask us!
  • Chose specific topics to work on and then establish committees to develop the specifics.
  • Organize policy workshops so delegates don’t have to move to different rooms to vote. We “stovepipe” policy issues rather than presenting them in an integrated manner.
  • I can’t count the number of times that the party has asked me for money, but not once has it asked, “What policy initiatives do you think the Liberal Party should pursue.”
  • Keep on giving us choices.
  • More of these surveys before and after key meetings.
  • More use of online tools. While it may have been efficient to ‘screen’ ideas through ridings first, it is now less efficient given the time commitment and the association may not come to an accord.
  • I want to see policy arise from discussions by party activists – not through polling of the members.
  • Obtain input of thoughtful experts with a record of publication and communication in the field.
  • Open up process to members and supporters.  I like the way our party is seeking the advice of the grassroots when it comes to policy development.
  • Strengthen the riding association’s policy development process.
  • Do a better job mining the talent within our own ranks. Create a talent pool that works on policy.
  • Limit debates at convention to an appropriate window (3 minutes/resolution), combine similar resolutions ahead of the convention to streamline the process and establish a 30min schedule buffer.
  • At the Victoria conference, individual EDA’s submitted many resolutions and essentially hijacked it.
  • The system works pretty well as it is.
  • Recruit people who can do thoughtful policy papers then active Liberals should meet and discuss them.

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