de Jong Commits to BC Liberal Party Renewal and Openness

BURNABY – A Renewal Action Plan to change the BC Liberal Party into a grassroots, bottom up organization will be launched on Mike de Jong’s first day as Leader.

 “Our party will be stronger if we make membership matter 365 days a year – not just when there’s a leadership vote or a fundraising drive,” de Jong said. “My Renewal Action Plan is focused and powerful enough to ensure that our party will be driven from the bottom up instead of top down.”

De Jong said his Renewal Action Plan will make sure membership matters by 

  1. Guaranteeing local ridings democratically elect their candidates,
  2. Launching an ongoing, regular consultation and engagement process to develop the policies and platform needed to win the next election, and
  3. Making the party open and transparent so members can see where their donations go

“I have the experience to deliver these kinds of major changes. I worked hard to introduce critical openness and transparency rules when we were in government. It’s something we need to do as we reform our party and get it ready for the new realities of politics in B.C.,” de Jong said. “New fundraising rules mean we have to significantly change how we win financial support from British Columbians – we owe it to our members to be open and transparent on how we are using their money.”

 You can see the full details in the backgrounder below.

De Jong shares his vision to renew the BC Liberal party in this video: https://mikedejong.com/blogs/videos/mike-de-jong-s-vision-to-renew-bc-liberal-party

The BC Liberal party will hold a leadership convention to announce the new leader on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018.

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Backgrounder

Mike de Jong’s BC Liberal Party Renewal Action Plan 

1)     Guaranteeing local ridings democratically elect their candidates

a) Local ridings will choose their candidate through a democratic nomination process

2)     Launching an ongoing, regular consultation and engagement process to develop the policies and platform needed to win the next election

a) Launch ongoing member consultation to have them shape policies and platforms to take into elections

b) Hold more frequent provincial and regional conferences to develop policies

c) Set up an exclusive online membership forum so party members can discuss issues with the party and among themselves

3)     Making the party open and transparent so members can see where their donations go

a) Post the party constitution online so that all British Columbian’s can understand the party structure

b) Undertake complete review of party finances and fundraising to develop a new funding model

c) Post annual financial statements online for all members to review including a detailed list of expenditures

d) List contact information for key members of the party executive and staff