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Monday, September 26, 2011

Southwest Edmonton NDP AGMs coming up

Thursday, October 6 · 7:00pm - 10:00pm

Southminster-Steinhauer United Church
10740 - 19th Ave
Edmonton, Alberta

GUEST SPEAKER: Elisabeth Ballermann, President of the Health Sciences Association of Alberta

Edmonton-Leduc Federal NDP

Edmonton-Whitemud Provincial NDP
Edmonton-Rutherford Provincial NDP

Find out what the SW Edmonton social democrats are up to these days.

You don't have to be an NDP member to attend!

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Saturday, September 10, 2011

$500,000 spending limit per leadership candidate, really?

I almost feel like supporting the NDP leadership hopeful that doesn't spend more than a few hundred dollars on the campaign. Given the fact that dozens of federal riding campaigns throughout the country in the 2011 election worked with around $15,000 budgets and thus could only ironically smile at suggestions of "second mailers towards the end of the campaign" and "larger signs placed strategically", the $500,000 spending limit per candidate in the leadership race doesn't sound anywhere reasonable to me. I don't know, maybe I'm new to this and don't understand something important that would make this a logical number, but I don't see how spending some 33 riding campaign budgets (times however many candidates there will be) on an in-party race in a social-democratic party makes sense. Running a Facebook page and a Twitter account, together with support for a wide online discussion and the opportunity of asking questions at a series of public forums (which several candidates can hold together) doesn't cost half a million dollars. Please, don't prove me wrong! Let's use this outrageous amount of money (which must be available, or else why would it ever be mentioned?) on revitalizing a bunch of riding organizations, holding interesting events and training sessions, organizing a joint fund to support innovative approaches in grassroots campaigns, staying in the mainstream media, anything else that will prove more worthwhile in the long run.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Round Table Discussion on Labour Rights and Privatization Issues in Canada

Hoping to see many of you at the non-partisan Round table discussion taking place on Sept. 20th starting at 7 pm at the Riverbend Public Library in Edmonton. Representatives of CUPW, CUPE, the Council of Canadians (and the federal NDP) have confirmed attendance.

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