Use your imagination

Vancouver-False Creek New Democrat constituency association president Neil Monckton is arguing against Columbia River-Revelstoke MLA Norm Macdonald's call to revise the agenda for the party's upcoming provincial council meeting. Mr. Macdonald, along with several others, are concerned the council hasn't been given enough time to discuss resolutions proposing a leadership convention in 2011 and Cariboo North MLA Bob Simpson's reinstatement to caucus. In part, that's because the meeting isn't taking place until the afternoon to allow for an unusual morning policy development session called Imagining Our Future. But, in an internal email obtained by Public Eye, Mr. Monckton states, "Certainly there needs to be discussion on the resolutions submitted, but to not proceed with the imagining BC session as planned would cause a significant delay in vital organizational development work our Party needs to undertake now." The following is a complete copy of that email.

Hi Norm,

I have to disagree with your proposal.

With an ever-decreasing voter turnout for provincial elections, it is clear the BCNDP needs to do much more to win the hearts and minds of British Columbians than it has in the past. Our Party needs to not only develop the solutions that will put BC back on the right track -- democratically, socially, environmentally and economically -- but it also needs to develop them through a genuine process of citizen engagement that includes rank-and-file members, the Party leadership,
issue experts and the broader public.

Our provincial secretary and a sub-committee of members have been working on the imagining BC session for the past few months. From where I stand, the Nov. 20 session recognizes the long pent-up need for members to initiate a meaningful debate about what the Party stands for, leading into the policy and platform development processes. Moreover, having this discussion with council representatives at the first face-to-face gathering we have held in 2010 as a Party is an appropriate starting point.

Certainly there needs to be discussion on the resolutions submitted, but to not proceed with the imagining BC session as planned would cause a significant delay in vital organizational development work our Party needs to undertake now.

Sincerely,

Neil Monckton
President, Vancouver False Creek

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