In esteemed company

Michele Cadario, the former deputy chief of staff (operations) to Prime Minister Paul Martin, will soon be doing contract work for the federal Liberals in British Columbia. Those in the know say Ms. Cadario has been tasked with "helping coordinate operations and logistics" for the Grit's delegate selection meetings. And, as part of that contract, she has signed a "declaration of neutrality."

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Just how neutral will these be, when the President of the party, Mr. Elmhurst, has declared his support for Dion? Maybe this is a westcoast banana republic after all?

I really do beleive Michele Cadario will be neutral, As are Jamie Elmhurst, Mark Merisen and company. Ye right!!

Why would anyone need to be paid to co-ordinate
delegate selection meetings?

The riding associations know how to run those things and can read a manual.

Seems this is a make work project that doesn't need to exist for someone who has already had a ride on the gravy train.


The ridings arent being allowed to coordinate their meetings. LPCBC has taken charge and are running 3 large meetings for the lower mainland. Funny how Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch all play on the Dion volleyball team...yes that includes Michelle Cadario and Returning Officer Kim Hakstaad. Can the Liberal Party get any worse in BC?

Michelle Cadario supports Dion? Doesn't sound right. She was big friends with Jean Lapierre in Ottawa (her best friend was Lapierre's Chief of Staff). Jean Lapierre and Stephane Dion did not see eye-to-eye.

Give Michelle a break.

Michelle will do a good job. The delegate selection system is complicated and requires significant central coordination. Last leadership campaign the Lib office had a whole platoon of staff, so it isn't unreasonable for a contractor to be brought on to support the thin operation that presently exists. There appear to be Martin types on each of the five major leadership campaigns (well, maybe four of them--not sure who is supporting Iggy in BC). Any charge of bias lacks any basis in reality.

Hurrah!

Is it any wonder that we are known as the Loony Left Coast???

"The delegate selection system is complicated and requires significant central coordination."

No it doesn't. Let the local ridings run the meetings from a set series of rules. Teach the
volunteers how to handle a poll station. The Liberals started this leadership thing in March,
so there's been lots of time to get organised for it.

Liberals have missed a great opportunity to get
the membership who want to learn how to run things get involved at the local riding level.

"Last leadership campaign the Lib office had a whole platoon of staff, so it isn't unreasonable for a contractor to be brought on to support the thin operation that presently exists. "

Making a simple thing more complicated than it needs to be, and shutting out volunteer participation in the process.

More work for overpaid hacks who don't need to be paid in the first place.

"There appear to be Martin types on each of the five major leadership campaigns (well, maybe four of them--not sure who is supporting Iggy in BC). Any charge of bias lacks any basis in reality."

Seems to be the same power sauced types running the show rather than encouraging the participation of new people to learn how to do it.

She was National Director of the party so I'm sure she can handle a few dsm's.

These idiots who want to purge all the Martinites out of the party are making the same mistake the Martinites did.

Yes that includes TDH.

Marissen knows how to play volleyball? Stop the presses.

"She was National Director of the party so I'm sure she can handle a few dsm's."

She doesn't need to do that. The ridings should be able to do those on their own. It's not rocket science. teach the volunteers. Or are they nothing more than money bunnies on the carpet for the Liberal fundraising machine to vacuum up?

"These idiots who want to purge all the Martinites out of the party are making the same mistake the Martinites did."

No kidding. Obviously the volunteers who want to learn can't because the privileged few are doing the work that they don't really need to do.

What's the point of joining if you can't get into volunteering and learning along the way?

What a dumb way to run things.

Petty squabbling...

The CPC does it full force and goes to court over yet another nomination race:

http://accidentaldeliberations.blogspot.com/2006/09/embarrassing.html

While I have no problem with hiring someone to help with this big job, I can't help but wonder what is so wrong with the grassroots members of the party here in BC. This is the second hire in a row of someone who has not contributed to building the party in BC, the first being the new ED.

Are the regular members of the party who have worked to elect candidates here that useless? Or is it just a hangover of elitism?

This is a silly argumment. Those who organize these meetings must have declared their neutrality. Many riding presidents have declared support for a particular leadership candidate which means they CANNOT participate in the organization of their own DEM.

You need people to look for neutral volunteers to run these meetings. Its a big job as all the meetings are taking place during the course of single weekend.

If riding presidents with declared leadership intentions were asked to organize their own DEMs people would be screaming from the rooftops for a different reason.

Billy sounds like a Merissen MORON. If you think it is conflict of interest for the riding presidents to run the DSM's, then how is it that Merissen's fart catcher Jamie Elmhurst can still sit run the show as the the B.C. Party President?

Easy uhmm "Prem", Elmhirst isn't involved in the organizing of Delegate Election Meetings - the national and local returning officers are. They all had to sign neutrality agreements to accept their positions.

Are you mad at all the PTA presidents across the country who have declared support for varius leadership candidates, or just the ones who aren't supporting your candidate?

Jamie Elmhirst is not running the DSM's. And neither should he -- he is supporting a candidate.

There is no rule against a Riding President or a Provincial President taking a position in the leadership. In fact, it is done all the time. In fact, Jamie was one of the last provincial Presidents to take a stand. The Quebec president supports Ignatieff, for example. The Saskatchewan President supports Kennedy. and so it goes...

Precisely why neutral people are required to run the meetings.

As for the commentary from various pseudonyms, if Michele Cadario is prepared to help the LPCBC, that is a good thing. In fact, Liberals in BC are very fortunate to have Michele amongst us now.

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