Ottawa

Progress?

So this evening—after some amount of fussing over the technology that resulted in an electronic vote, two votes to conduct a manual recount and then a decision to redo the electronic vote—the Liberal party decided to open its next leadership vote to those who are not members of the party. Non-members can now register with the party as “supporters” if they wish to vote in the next leadership contest.

Delegates then voted down a proposal to extend this measure to the selection of riding candidates. And delegates then voted down a proposal that would have eliminated the party leader’s final say over the party’s policy platform.

Make of those events what you will.

Sunday morning delegates will vote on a constitutional amendment that would limit the leader’s ability to appoint candidates.

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