Monday, November 03, 2008

Conservatives muzzling their own grassroots?

During the election campaign the Liberals in BC launched Harpocracy.ca, which documented and kept a running tally of Conservative candidates that had been muzzled: skipping all candidates meetings, refusing to talk to the media, and so on. By election day, well over 100 muzzlings had been recorded.

Well, if the Muzzle Watch was still on patrol, the counter would be spinning and giving off smoke: it looks the the Conservatives found the muzzle thing worked so well, they're trying it out on their own members:.

It's less than two weeks before the Conservative Party's policy convention in Winnipeg, and according to Canwest attendees haven't even been told yet what policy the powers that be will allow them to discuss:

But some party members say it's an attempt to muzzle grassroots supporters who might espouse views that could embarrass the Harper government.

"They want to control the message. They don't want people talking about things that aren't scripted," said party member Connie Fournier, co-founder of the popular conservative blog, freedominion.com.

(snip)

"This convention is a farce, because it'll be totally controlled from the top," said Charles Conn, a former Reform party candidate who resigned from the Mississauga-East-Cooksville, Ont., riding association earlier this year after, in his view, the party overrode the usual nomination process to appoint a hand-picked candidate. Although still a card-carrying party member, he doesn't plan to attend the convention.
Are you a Conservative that wants to spend three days in balmy Winnipeg (Go Moose!) parroting party-approved talking points and providing background imagery for television coverage of The Leader's keynote? It will only cost you $850 – tax recieptable, of course. Just mind the donation limit.

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3 comments:

Jason Hickman said...

Nonsense. The distribution of the various resolutions - which came from the EDAs to begin with - is going to happen, and there'll be all sorts of opportunity to kick 'em around at the convention. It would've happened sooner, but that election-thing kind of occupied people's attention.

Granted, there probably won't be as much gut-tearing and back-stabbing at our convention as there will be at Liberal Leadership '09 (unofficial slogan: Third Time Since Chretien's The Charm - Maybe), but we'll have enough debate to go 'round.

And besides, I hear Winnipeg is even more lovely in November than it is any other time.

A BCer in Toronto said...

unofficial slogan: Third Time Since Chretien's The Charm - Maybe

Myself, I'm lobbying for Messiah Search 09: Who's Your Saviour Now?

Jason Hickman said...

Ha! That'd be the best slogan since You'll Sit There And You'll Be Quiet And You'll Like It: Conservative Convention '05!