It looks like the New Democrat campaign machine needs a little oil. According to a resolution submitted during last weekend's provincial council meeting, there "are low levels or diminishing numbers of active, experienced" party volunteers in the ridings of Revelstoke, Kelowna-Mission and Shuswap. That resolution called upon the New Democrats to deal with the problem by creating two seperate paid organizer positions in outlying regional centres. But it was eventually withdrawn when senior party members committed to make sure heartland ridings would be adequately supported in the run-up to the next election.
Another resolution, which was passed, notes many riding associations across the province "did not nor could not collect" much voter identification data during the last election, due to a lack of familiarity with NDP Vote. NDP Vote is a new online database similar to the Conservative's Constituency Information Management System. That data deficit means the New Democrats will have a tougher time getting out voters in British Columbia during the next provincial and federal elections.
The following are copies of those resolutions.
PROVINCIAL SUPPORT STAFF LOCATED AT REGIONAL CENTRES
Submitted by: Revelstoke NDP Club
Kelowna Mission Constituency Association
Shuswap Constituency Association
Received: August 23, 2004
August 23, 2004
August 30, 2004
WHEREAS there is an established need for closer links with the overall party apparatus and the functions of staff support in outlying regions from the lower mainland, and;
WHEREAS there are low levels or diminishing numbers of active, experienced support from which to draw on a volunteer basis in these outlying regions at this late date on the election countdown calendar,
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the BC NDP immediately create a separate endowment fund that would provide for the creation of two staff organizer positions to be established in outlying regional centres; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that selection of such staff include local experienced campaigners that have regional perspectives and insight with which to address their tasks at the regional level
NDP VOTE DATA & TRAINING
Submitted by: Kelowna Mission Constituency Association
Received: September 7, 2004
WHEREAS the new NDP Vote requires time to train local constituency workers,
WHEREAS the federal data was not received in a timely manner;
WHEREAS many Riding Associations did not nor could not collect much data as a result
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that::
* Provincial Office will ensure that voter contact databases are available earlier in the campaign; and
* That merged lists should be made more easy to handle, such as considering reverting back to MS Access (spreadsheet formatted) files.; and
* That NDP Vote Workshops be held outside the Lower Mainland; and
* That technological assistance at provincial office and in the regions can be very helpful and these relationships must be cultivated and maintained.