“Every adversity, every failure, every heartache, carries with it the seeds of an equal or greater benefit.”

~~ Napoleon Hill -- American Author -- Oct 26, 1883 to Nov 8, 1970

Sunday, September 25, 2016

A Penny For Your Thoughts?



A penny for your thoughts?

As of a week ago, the BC Conservative Party elected a new Board and Executive ... and new Leader, in Dan Brooks, who was the old leader that resigned in January of this year.

I'm interested in hearing the thoughts of individuals who are in the party, and those outside who are former members, on where YOU think the Party goes from here, and it's chances of success in the upcoming provincial election in May 2017.

Just so you know, I am asking this as I will be doing a blog post in a few days, and just wanted to hear your thoughts -- WHICH WILL BE USED ANONYMOUSLY (unless you say otherwise and permit me to use your name).

Please send them by email to me at whatsnextbc@gmail.com.

Thanks in advance

Saturday, September 24, 2016

The negatives of that apparent strength, is that they serve only those in positions of power, the business elite, those with the money to bankroll their election campaigns



A couple of days ago a fellow former BC Conservative posed a question(s) to me regarding the organizational strengths and weaknesses of each of the four political parties in BC ... the Liberals, the Greens, the NDP, and the BC Conservatives.  He wasn't looking for a deep in-depth analysis, just a quick summary.

"Interesting", said I, upon which I replied back with the following before I had a chance to over-think my responses.  I just thought I would take a moment a share them with you.  Here goes:

In your opinion what are the organizational strengths of the BC Liberals

Honestly I think it is simply that it 'appears' to be the only game in town.  It can draw from across the political landscape of municipal and Regional District leaders and politicians ...leaders of community groups ... businessmen and women and the like. 
 
What are their organizational weaknesses

The negatives of that apparent strength, is that they serve only those in positions of power, the business elite, those with the money to bankroll their election campaigns, etc.  Everyday people feel a bigger and bigger disconnect from having any say in government plans and operations that affect their everyday life. 

In your opinion what are the organizational strengths of the BC NDP

Union donations and labour expertise to help in campaigns and getting the vote out.  

What are their organizational weaknesses

While they can identify and get committed voters out, like the BC Liberals I believe there is a disconnect with everyday British Columbians as well.

The BC Liberals have done an effective job in painting them as the party of "No", however at the same time they (the Liberals) have taken no steps to show who technical, trades, and others can benefit from getting projects off the ground.  The BC Reform Party nearly succeeded in 1996 by drawing people in from both the centre right,, and centre left, however they failed to realize that they could not run a full provincial campaign their first time out.

Any new party MUST build its core, find its best riding for electing MLA's, and THEN and ONLY then show what it can do to attract broad support province wide. 

In your opinion what are the organizational strengths of the BC Greens

A very defined support base. 

What are their organizational weaknesses?

A very defined support base that leaves little room to cross into mainstream