Great email from Michael, sent out to all Liberals. Well thought out. Solid reasoning. Addressing topics that Liberals and other Canadians from all walks of life shared with him during the nationwide town hall meetings.
So why do I think something is missing? Look closely. In Barack Obama's emails (yeah, I'm on that mailing list too) he inserts a plea for funds after every 2nd or 3 paragraph. We are missing a KEY fundraising opportunity. There should be a rule somewhere stipulating that NOTHING goes out to ANYONE in the party without a link, address, or form with a plea for funds to help us continue our struggle for good government in this land of ours.
We even include a link on how to "un-subscribe" to these emails. Imagine THAT. WE provide a "let us get out of your face" link, but not a plea for donations, or for the Victory Fund?
(edit): Then again - I know we are using a lot of input from the Obama campaign, so perhaps I'm jumping the gun here. Judging by the feedback from the comments below, I probably am just getting "overly anxious" due to my fund-raising history. Keep up the good work folks. Let's stay on target, and get rid of the conservative cancer blighting our land.
Have a read (it's a good statement on the budget):
After carefully reviewing the budget with our Liberal Team I wanted to share with you our next steps.
During my tour this past month you’ve said over and over again that you don’t want further delays and you want the support you were promised. But you also said that you want the government held accountable, they failed you in the past and lost your trust.
I want you to know that the Liberal Team listened. We are prepared to support the budget but will be putting forward an amendment that will ensure that the government is held accountable, to you, and to Parliament.
We are putting Stephen Harper on probation.
If the government fails to satisfy the expectations of Canadians we will be ready to defeat him.
Stephen Harper insists that accountability is important, but he has lost credibility and the trust of Canadians by failing to deliver on promises made in the past. We must ensure that the economic measures offered in this budget actually reach the people they are meant to help.
If the accountability reports in March, June, and December are unsatisfactory we will withdraw our support.
A united Opposition forced Stephen Harper to concede important points in yesterday’s budget:
- new investment in social housing and infrastructure, including for Canada’s First Nations;
- targeted support for low and middle income Canadians through an expansion of the Child Tax Benefit and Working Income Tax Benefit; and
- investment in regional development agencies throughout the country.
But, the budget is also flawed in significant ways:
- it doesn’t go far enough to protect Canadians who have - or will soon – lose their jobs;
- it opens the door for attacks on pay equity for women;
- it breaks the Conservatives` promise to all Canadian provinces on equalization;
- it missed the opportunity for significant stimulus investment towards the green economy;
- it lacks clear plan for getting us out of the $85 billion hole the government will dig us into over the next five years.
You have made it clear that you want us to act in your best interest and address the economic crisis with the seriousness it deserves.
Thank you for all of your encouragement and for working with me on finding solutions to our Country’s challenges.
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