Saturday, November 21, 2009

Stephen Elliot-Buckley, potential BC NDP VP, imagines change at the party

If you haven't seen it yet, you should check out Politics, Re-Spun. Author Stephen Elliot-Buckley is an activist, democrat, scholar, blogger and BC NDP member who wants to re-organize how the party functions as a part of civil society. Not content to just re-work it at the riding level, he has launched a bid to become the party Vice-President at the upcoming convention, Nov. 27-29th.

I don't want to speak for Stephen, except to say that he sees the BC NDP moving forward as the electoral wing of a progressive social movement. What this means in practice is uncertain, especially given the cat-herding nature of organizing disparate groups, but I eagerly look forward to the discussion. It is clear that the party desperately needs some new blood, some new ideas, and some new approaches to organizing.


stephen elliott-buckley said...

Yes, what it means in practice for the party to be the electoral wing of a progressive social movement is exactly the point. Let's start the dialogue to figure out how it's going to work!

By the way, Debbie Lawrance is also running for one of the 6 VP positions. She contribute lots of the vibe and wisdom to the Think Forward BC NDP process in the last few months!

You can join her campaign here.

Brenton said...

I can't help but think it's quite a populist approach to politics. I'm not saying that is good or bad, as all politics is based in populism to some degree. It will be interesting to see how it comes together.