It’s been about a month since PCinYYC have had a PC Leadership home. It’s been interesting. We felt the need to finally address our departure from the Doug Griffiths leadership team. PCinYYC, as you know, are passionate about engagement and we feel strongly that it is time to remind our readers how essential engagement is not only in a leadership campaign but for the future of the PC Party.
Our hope on the Doug Griffiths team was to be involved with engagement of volunteers both new to politics and old. Unfortunately there were several different thoughts and ideas about how engagement can and should be accomplished. There came a point where we decided that it was best to walk away so that we could continue to be the voice of a new generation of engagement in the PC Party. We have always branded ourselves as the new generation of the Party; as voices of change from within.
Any leadership race has great potential to inspire individuals to get involved and reinvigorate a political party. This is what we hope for in this PC Party leadership race. In our opinion, this inspiration is not only the responsibility of those running for leader but the Party itself.
The PCAA has been busy since the nomination closed finding new ways to communicate and engage Albertans. Their updated website is leadership race focused and is acting as a hub for all leadership information. It includes profiles and links to the websites of all of the leadership candidates. The website also includes FAQs about the leadership process and a section to submit new questions. There is a leadership calendar with important dates including debates, voting days, and other events. You can also buy your membership online and instead of waiting for it to come in the mail you can print it off directly (finally …). The website has videos and blogs as well. They are even asking members to get involved and send their own video in to be featured on the website. The PCAA would like you to “use your smart phone or video camera to tell a story about your commitment to the Progressive Conservative Association of Alberta”.
The PCAA will be live-streaming all of the debates directly on the website, providing podcasts afterwards for those that missed them. There are no secrets; the process to pick the next Premier of Alberta is open. We are super impressed with the effort they’ve put in thus far to make sure the online community is aware of all the leadership details.
They are even trying their hand at social media. We’ve recently noticed a Facebook page pop up and President Bill Smith has been using his Twitter account to broadcast key information about the race. He has also been open to having conversations on Twitter.
These are all positive steps for the Party. It’s clear to us that they’ve put some capable individuals together to ensure communication is strong from the PCAA during this process. We are getting a new leader but we also seem to be getting new levels of engagement from the Party as well.
PCinYYC are currently looking at the other PC leadership candidates (and we are sure they are looking at us too) and trying to find a new home. We are passionate about engaging PC members and want to see them become inspired by a candidate. We hope to find a candidate that can inspire Albertans and personifies our mantra of change from within.
Stay tuned – the race has officially started and things are going to get exciting!
PP and CR xo