One Canadian Liberal idea I suspect Liberal Democrats will be less keen on:
Justin Trudeau is pushing a proposed new constitution for the Liberal Party of Canada aimed at transforming the federal party from an exclusive club into a wide-open political movement.
The proposal, adopted Saturday by the party’s national board during a three-hour meeting with the prime minister in Halifax, would do away entirely with the long-held principle that only dues-paying, card-carrying members are entitled to take part in party activities.
Indeed, there would no longer be any party members. Instead, anyone willing to register with the party — for free — would be eligible to participate in policy development, nomination of candidates, party conventions and the selection of future leaders.
The proposal builds on a change adopted by Liberals four years ago, when they agreed to let anyone willing to sign up for free as a party supporter vote in leadership contests. [CBC News. Hat tip: Lawrence Fullick]
In this case, it’s a matter of extracting the underlying point from the country-specific context, namely about how parties need to reach out beyond their traditional membership base. For the Liberal Democrats, in the UK context, that should be about having a Friends of the Liberal Democrats scheme.