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A good wrap-up, thanks. I hope the Liberal leadership is listening.

I watched a good portion of this online after the fact. So, it's not clear to me what the increased benefit of attending might have been, apart from the socializing.

To look at these things from a distance, and measure their success, you first have to ask: "What was the conference attempting to do?" If it was to get some publicity, demonstrate that the Liberal party is in the process of renewal, probably a qualified success. In terms of coming up with a new party platform - not so much.

And even if you have a good idea or the right policy - you still need to implement it. Managing Change - gosh there's even a whole bunch of biz type theory and courses about this.

Having Michael Phelps run on unscripted about a carbon tax appeared to have surprised the party brass - and perhaps lead to the distancing of the concept by the leadership, and subsequent negative spinning. This was not the right person, place, or process in order to float that pinata at this time.

That's probably what prompted the Corporate Income tax announcement. The timing did seem odd.

And here I was hoping that all the talk about carbon taxes was just posturing, and that they were just going to spring a carbon tax on us when elected (easier to ask for forgiveness than permission). Now it sounds like the leadership has embraced dumb policy. Too bad, I was hoping Iggy was smarter than that.

I noticed in your twitter feed, you made a comment that I agree with: "We need Brian Mulroney's political courage. Introduced the GST, campaigned on free trade. Our leaders are deer caught in headlights."

So, it was with some interest that I read a piece by L. Ian MacDonald, a former Mulroney speechwriter (and still connected) on the Montreal Conference. His take on the mix of panelists was different.

Liberals pull off great conference

...As for content, the major surprise of the conference wasn't the policy wonks, it was the business leaders, who were the stars. Dominic Barton, a Canadian who is managing director of McKinsey's global consulting business, gave a stunning presentation on the exponential growth and prospects of the Asian economy, which he styled "the re-rise of Asia." CEOs Tom Jenkins of Open Text, Elyse Allan of GE Canada, and former West Coast Energy president Mike Phelps made compelling presentations on innovation and clean energy. Phelps noted that energy consumption will increase by 50 per cent to 2050, and the global auto fleet will double to 1 billion. How are mitigation targets of at least 50 per cent for greenhouse-gas emissions to be met? Only with a lot of innovation and new technologies.

http://www.montrealgazette.com/technology/Liberals+pull+great+conference/2745905/story.html

On Point 7, I wrote an op-ed for the Hill Times on this idea, called The Dawn of Politics 2.0
http://www.hilltimes.com/page/view/zamprelli-04-05-2010
subscription needed, unfortunately, or you can see it on FB (http://www.facebook.com/pascal.zamprelli?v=app_2347471856)

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