I have made my New Years resolution that I invite all Canadians to share in. In
the next Federal Election, I will help to ensure that the Green Party of Canada wins several seats, and has a caucus in Parliament. I can hear Stephen Harper and Michael Ignatieff laughing now. ‘What a rich joke’, they are thinking, but I believe that the Green Party can do it, and here’s how.
I have shown in previous post that the beachhead election strategy is viable. Bruce Grey Owen Sound had phenomenal success. They went from 4% support, to a whopping 27% – 33%. There are a number of ridings in Canada where this would give the margin of victory. I have listed a number of them in my post dealing with appropriate target ridings in canada. Those ridings where there is a tight three way race for the prize, and especially those with a relatively low voter turnout are the prime candidates for victory.
Once the Green Party of Canada has picked the best ridings, it is time to get down and dirty, and start preparing for a victory. The regional Green Party staffers, and organizers need to start researching the riding, and get onto the ground for the Candidate search. The best place is to start with Municipal Candidates, and officeholders. Also, well known local community leaders, and business leaders should be canvassed for support, or possible candidacy.
Local churches, charities, and especially ethnic organizations should be approached, canvassed and prospected to support. If the organizers can remember that generally assistance will be
reciprocated, they will find this to be rich ground for grass roots organizational support. A great example would be for Elizabeth may to be brought in as a speaker for a major community function. Have the Candidate, and Elizabeth say a few words, but advertise the hell out of the event in local and ethnic media. When a big crowd shows up, the fundraiser is a great success for the local group. The Green Party, and the new local candidate get a great supporter base, and all it costs is a few thousand dollars in advertising and promotional expenses.
Prepare for the election by analyzing the riding Poll by Poll. Look for target groups, and prepare your message for each area by commissioning opinion, and policy surveys. What I am getting at is that the campaign must be prepared so that the message delivered to every poll is the one most likely to win a plurality/majority of votes in that poll.
Most importantly, build the membership, and supporter lists. It will take people. Lots and lots of motivated people to canvas, put up signs, write press releases, and the myriad tasks that will need to be done right to win an election. And, oh yeah, put aside $75,000 to ensure the pre-writ period, and the election itself don’t lack the required dough to win.
So what do you think? Can the Green Party do it?
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