Since getting involved in the Liberal Party, I’ve met a tremendous amount of active and passionate Liberals work to make Canada the best it can possibly be. From all corners of this country, Liberals are dedicated to building a better country by electing stellar Liberal candidates to Parliament. Of all of those I’ve had the privilege of meeting, Brian Rice embodies exactly the kind of person the Liberal Party of Canada needs for Party President.
I support Brian because:
- he’s dedicated to the constant campaign.
- he realizes that training our volunteers is of critical importance.
- he understands the needs of riding associations, and the important role of commissions.
The Constant Campaign
I’ve written about this before: the Conservatives don’t win elections because Canada is somehow fundamentally right-wing. The Conservatives win because they’re well-organized, and spend the time between elections identifying their supporters. By the time the writ is dropped, they start their get-out-the-vote process.
We’ve made massive strides. For Liberals to elect Justin Trudeau in the next election, we must reach out and connect with as many voters as possible from coast-to-coast-to-coast. And then when the election is over, we start again. Right away.
Brian understands the importance of this and has already been hard at work, modernizing our campaigning from Whitehorse to St. John’s, and so many places in between.
In March, my friend Stewart McGillivray invited me to one of Brian’s courses in Vancouver. I enthusiastically attended, and during the course, realized that this is exactly the kind of training that the Liberal Party needs to embrace. Thankfully, under Brian’s leadership, the Liberal Party of Canada in British Columbia lead the charge on putting on the course, along with instituting a groundbreaking fieldworker program.
Since then, Brian has travelled the country training Liberals to organize and campaign more effectively. The attendees of his course regularly have extremely positive things to say about it. The nature of the course, and what makes it particularly spectacular, is that it builds capacity with the ridings who participate in it. Brian has made his campaign not about him, but about developing and training the grassroots of the Liberal Party.
After that course in Vancouver, Brian invited several of the Liberals in attendance over for dinner and drinks. We chatted about the importance of the constant campaign, the leadership race, and how our party was governed. On each of these subjects, Brian proved extraordinarily knowledgable, and it was then that many of us in the room encouraged him to run for National President.
Support for the commissions and riding associations
From cooking food for Young Liberals at Camp Wannabefree, to wearing a tu-tu to raise thousands of dollars for the Women’s Commission, to training riding executives across the country, Brian has been an advocate of the commissions and EDA that make up this party.
But of even more importance to me than his previous work is that he understands exactly what the role of those bodies should be: the commissions should focus gallantly on outreach to their constituencies, and riding associations need to focus on outreach to their riding.
Brian has encouraged these party associations to use micro-campaigns to build the party through everything they do: from holding events emphasizing the Victory Fund, to ensuring that riding associations maintain a constant goal of making contact with as many voters as possible.
I could not be more enthusiastically supporting Brian Rice for President of the Liberal Party of Canada, and I encourage you to as well. As Brian says regularly: Justin Trudeau is the Hope, and we are the Hard Work. Brian is exactly the leader we need to modernize our campaign and elect Justin Trudeau in the next election.