Their hour come round now at last?

A federal election isn't expected anytime soon. And that's good news for the Liberals, who raised just $531,141 in the first quarter of 2007 - ten times less than Tories. Nevertheless, the Grit still appear to be slouching toward Ottawa in the hopes of being reborn. The latest election readiness news: the party is scheduling training sessions for ManagElect, their voter identification system. The following is a complete copy of the invite to those sessions.

From: Scott Blurton
Sent: Monday, July 23, 2007 11:28 AM
To: undisclosed-recipients:
Subject: Les sessions de formation de ManagElect/ManagElect Training Sessions - August/août

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Subject: ManagElect Campaign Software

Your riding association can immediately begin to use ManagElect. Requests for access should be sent to Please include the name of your riding and contact numbers in your correspondence.

What will be covered in the training sessions?


Duration: 40 minutes

Who should attend?

Candidate, Campaign Manager, Canvassing Chair, or Election Day Chair

What is covered?

A basic overview of the ManagElect package: Attendees learn how the software integrates into the core elements of a campaign strategy. This is a very basic overview focusing on ManagElect features; this is not a tutorial.


Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes

Who should attend?

Campaign Manager, Information Technology Coordinator, or Database


What is covered?

An overview of everything needed to get started: It focuses on pre-writ period and opening days of the campaign. Attendees will learn what items are required or recommended and how to install and set-up ManagElect for their riding.


Duration: 1 hour

Who should attend?

Campaign Manager, Information Technology Coordinator, or Database


What is covered?

Various strategies for identifying voters are covered: In this session attendees go over best practices as well as third party add-ons for canvassing. Campaigns intending to use a call center or phone queue management technology are encouraged to attend. We also explore the various techniques for outputting riding data and then entering canvassed data back into the system (bar code versus optical mark reader).

The following dates and times are available:


A. Thursday, August 9 - 7:00PM [Canvassing]
B. Thursday, August 16 - 10:00PM [Overview]
C. Thursday, August 23 - 7:00PM [Beginner]
D. Thursday, August 30 - 11:00PM [Canvassing]

How to sign up?

Send an e-mail to and indicate your preferred session or call 1-866-574-5131 to sign up.

What do I need?

Participants require access to the Internet (preferably high speed) for the visual component. Simultaneously you need to dial-in to a toll free number for the audio segment.

Detailed system requirements:

Stable 56k, cable modem, ISDN, DSL, or better Internet connection


* Internet Explorer® 5.0 or newer, Netscape® 6.0 or newer, Mozilla® Firefox® 1.0 or newer (JavaScript and Java enabled).

* Windows® 2000, XP, 2003 Server.

* Minimum of Pentium® 400 MHz with 356 MB of RAM (recommended)


* Safari™ 1.3 or newer, Firefox® 1.5 or newer on PowerPC G3/G4/G5, Firefox or newer on Intel® (JavaScript™ and Java™ enabled)

* Mac OS® X 10.3.9 (Panther) or newer

* PowerPC G3/G4/G5 or Intel processor (G4 450 MHz with 256 MB of RAM or better recommended)


Basic stuff. Big deal. ManageElect is structured the same way as the Conservative system and the BC Liberal system. Purposely done so that the wags in headquarters know instantly what is going on in terms of support.

Only difference is the layout and the colours used and the picture of the leader stuck on it.

Nothing new there. Been around since the mid 1990's.

It is all meaningless, since the Federal Liberals aren't going anywhere, especially in British Columbia.
In five successive federal elections . . . gas-bags like "Senator" Marissen have been predicting great victories of 18, 20 & 26 Grit seats in BC.
The Dionites (Martinites with a change of socks) can call it ManageElect or any thing else it still spells FAILURE.

I wonder how ManagElect compares to the NDP Vote system? NDP Vote can do a lot of things, but it tends to be a very hard to use system.

In the last two elections I have been quite impressed by the ability of Liberal strategists to pick the swing ridings as precisely as they do. Their systems seem to be able to predict the likely outcome to within a thousand or so votes in a typical federal riding. Hence their decision to make New Westminster-Coquitlam a target riding for "star" treatment. OTOH, of course, the also picked Vancouver East, which is a bit harder to figure.

The problem with the Liberals is they parachute in minor celebrity candidates who have a small degree of name recognition but no grassroots organization in the riding. That's why they keep losing.

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