Volume 93, Issue 17

Tuesday, September 28, 1999


NEWS

Fanshawe to get King's access

Student to complain about access to class

Budget on meeting agenda

Association forms alumni chapter

Theft and fires occupy campus police

Laurier foot patrol will double you home

Briefs

Liberal types head back to university

Alcohol education 101

Medical history to get $2 million donation

Caught on Campus

Stuff

Liberal types head back to university



By Leena Kamat
Gazette Staff

Elections 101 may be one of the most popular courses members of the federal Liberal party take as they start heading back to university.

This weekend, the Liberal Party of Canada for Ontario held their annual provincial meeting in London. This year's convention was different from previous conventions, however, due to the implementation and formal announcement of the LPCO's latest initiative, a series of seminars called the Liberal university, said Doug Ferguson, the party's national organization chair.

Ferguson explained the purpose of the seminars is to offer Liberal politicians courses which help prepare them for elections.

The Liberal university consists of 37 courses, separated into three streams, Ferguson said. The first stream contains courses dealing with riding management between elections, while the other two deal with how to get ready for an election and campaigning strategies.

Once participants have successfully completed the university, they will receive a diploma, Ferguson said. "I thought it was a success – I have heard positive feedback on the courses."

Although these courses are voluntary, Ferguson said those who take them will surely benefit. He added the courses will be soon offered to liberal politicians in British Columbia and Alberta, making the project nationwide.

"It was great," said Mike Klander, executive director of LPCO. He added the courses came to Ontario first since this was the first major meeting since the program was established.

Bill Bridger, Western's VP-research and attendant of the event, said a fundraiser held in conjunction with the convention on Friday night was attended by cabinet ministers and London's city council. "The current government has been sympathetic to the need for the research companies," Bridger said. "This is a chance for the university and the London community to meet with the politicians."

The meeting also focused on policy issues, said Mandy Heyninck, the policy chair for the LPCO. Heyninck explained the province was divided into five regions and each region was allowed to debate and pick 10 resolutions they felt were important to the area. The 50 or so resolutions will be sent to another meeting in December where 10 will be picked and presented at the national Liberal convention in the Spring of 2000.

"This is Ontario's process in having a say in the federal policy," said Heyninck. She added other provinces have similar processes.

Many issues were debated including topics such as homelessness, child poverty and higher education funding, Heyninck said.

She added the Young Liberals will have their own policy debate in October which should include students' concerns about tuition.


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