Public Eye has exclusively obtained a copy of an internal Liberal plan to put more boots on the ground during the next election, copying tactics that have been successfully used by the New Democrats. The party has always had a weak "ground game," having fewer volunteers than the NDP. As a result, the Liberals have relied on phone canvassing to identify and get out their vote. But the plan acknowledges it has become "increasingly difficult" for the party to contact its supporters over the phone because call displays, cell phones and telemarketers.
That means the Liberals need "people on the ground that can walk up to a house come election time and recognize the residence as a supportive one and then get them out to vote."
So the party has sent a 12-page document to MLAs, campaign managers and constituency association presidents with detailed instructions on how they can increase their volunteer base - recruiting between 50 to 100 new workers per riding.
The following is a complete copy of that poll coordination program, which was distributed by the party's field operations director Mark Robertson.