It’s never a bad time for the Green Party to recruit new members, but recent events should really focus a spotlight on this requirement. The Green Party has been getting pretty good at raising money from the membership. Given the small membership numbers, to raise over $1mm from focussed appeals to the membership is pretty impressive. After all, the Liberals have more than 50 times the membership levels, and raise squat.
Jim Harris was always an exceptional fundraiser. But lets face it, he was a one man show, and was never able to teach his skills to the party bureaucrats. What Elizabeth’s team has done is to systematically make appeals that are generating results. It costs diddly, because it’s all online. Compare that to how much the Liberals, Conservatives, and Dippers spend in fundraising expenses, as a proportion of funds raised, and it’s pretty awesome.
Todays announcement that the CRAP Finance minister, Flaherty wants to eliminate the per vote subsidy should be a wakeup call. The GPC should not remain dependent upon this source of funds. Every public utterance by Green Party spokespersons should end with an appeal to join the Green Party. By building the membership base, both the fundraising, and organisational capacity of the Party will be enhanced. I watch the news clippings, and believe me, the Greens get enough earned media coverage to reach hundreds of thousands, even millions of Canadians every week. If only a paltry 2% of Green voters were to join the Party, and our fundraising efforts were comparably rewarded, then the $1.8mm in public funds would be more than matched.
Lot’s of people will scoff at this and say the green in the Green Party is all about cash, but the fact is that elections cost money. There are so many things that need to be done to get the message out, and with a stronger membership base, all other things will follow.
So here’s a link to join the GPC. Go on in and do your bit!