Last night was a typical Monday night – sitting in front of the TV watching Hoarders with @ppilarski. But last night I couldn’t stop talking … or moving … or beaming. Earlier that evening I was honoured to attend the first meeting of the PC Party Platform Development Steering Committee. I had the opportunity to engage with party members old and new, youthful and experienced, from all over the province. I got excited about 2011 and I got excited about the true evolution that is happening within the PCAA.
The PC Party Platform Development Steering Committee … sounds complicated … but it isn’t. At the PCAGM in October Premier Stelmach announced that the Party would be heading into the largest consultation process in its history. He explained that people want to talk about policy and he wanted to create new avenues (accessible avenues) in which this could be accomplished. He knew this consultation process would look different in every constituency – because our constituencies are so diverse. The Leader told AGM delegates that it was time for a renewal of party policy and a development of a policy “Blue Book”. This policy book was something many at the AGM were asking for, including those in my constituency of Calgary-Shaw and @ppilarski’s in Calgary-Foothills. Premier Stelmach was listening, he is listening, and he is ready to engage Albertans in a huge, gigantic, enormous way. Premier Stelmach wants a long-term engagement plan for the Party.
I’ve been wound up about this ever since – and been tweeting here and there in anticipation.
Last night the fun began! I am so honoured to sit on this committee as a communications strategist – what better way to but my new found MA research into practical use. Over the coming weeks the committee members from all over Alberta will be coordinating conversations at local levels through the PCAA’s constituency associations, these conversations will trigger a vigorous research process, more conversations and meetings at constituency and regional levels, a province wide meeting with those engaged at the lower levels and eventually the development of the PC Party Platform.
This grassroots committee does nothing but excite me – it is exactly what I believe in when it comes to political engagement. It is talking to the real people of this province and finding out the real relevant issues.
Next meeting is in a week – I plan to keep you updated, informed and excited. It is your time to speak up and become engaged like you never were before. The PCAA is changing, is listening and is doing it in a huge, gigantic, enormous way (the only way they always do it). It has never been a better time to be a member. Looking forward to having a conversation with you … I want to know what you want the future of Alberta to look like … and I want us (the PCAA, and this committee) to develop policy around how to make these visions our reality.