Our Province Our Future is the name of a provincial New Democrat initiative meant to engage British Columbians in a dialogue about economic, social and environmental issues. But don't be surprised if you haven't heard about it because the New Democrats haven't gone out of the way to draw attention to it - notifying neither the rank-and-file nor the media about initiative events. And it shows because, so far, Our Province Our Future's online discussion forum only has 15 comments 80 days after the initiative was launched, with a recent summit in Kamloops being the subject of critical coverage by the city's daily newspaper. So what's happening?
Well, as near as I can tell, the New Democrats can't seem to decide whether this is a public relations exercise or a private consultation process. Nor are they sure whether Our Province Our Future will succeed, making them reluctant to promote it and the initiative more likely to fail. So here's my advice to the opposition: get some surety and decide what Our Province Our Future is all about or you risk having the New Democrats be part of neither.