|Joyce Murray - contender|
With a Thursday deadline looming, less than one third – 89,000 – of the 294,000 new Liberal members and supporters signed up since the leadership race began have registered to cast a ballot. A party official said the Liberals are “on track” to register 100,000 by Thursday.
Justin Trudeau - contender
The failure to convert large numbers of new supporters and members into registered voters, most of whom signed up for free, prompted calls from both Trudeau’s campaign team and the Ontario wing of the party to extend the voter registration deadline and make several other changes to ensure an easier registration process.
The experiment with involving more Canadians in the choice of a party leader is a magnificent vote of confidence by the Liberal Party in the principles of inclusive democracy, and we should do all that we can to ensure that it succeeds.
We achieved a remarkable success in ending up with just under 300,000 registered Supporters and party Members. This is a sign of renewed interest in the Liberal Party and a good thing for Canada.
Once we have registered every Supporter and Member who wishes to be registered, we can hold the vote. The deadlines are self-chosen, and can and should be chosen.Once we have a new leader, I hope that she or he then works to allow Supporters as well as Members to vote for candidates running for the party to be elected as MPs. The Conservative Party in the UK has had some remarkable success with an open primary system in selecting Tory riding candidates for the election to Parliament.
Our party would receive the same benefits if we extended the primary system to the MP level.