It’s been a tough year for the Liberal Party of Canada, which has struggled to find new voters in the wake of the election loss.
But the Liberals have some lessons to learn about what to do about social distancing.
If we have to be careful, they are recommending we don’t push too hard, and that we wait until we are out of the woods to put the issue on the table.
In the long term, it’s probably best to focus on building a coalition of people who are genuinely interested in a more liberal society, said John McCallum, a professor at the University of Calgary’s faculty of law and a member of the Canadian Association of Social Distancing Societies.
We’ve had this idea that people who vote Liberal are either apathetic or don’t vote at all, he said.
“If you are not interested in voting Liberal, you can’t get involved.”
But the Liberal party is not immune from the pressure to change, and is working to address some of the issues that prompted it to pull out of a coalition.
It has a task force to look into the potential impacts of the tax changes, and will present a report to the new government.
McCallum said the party has already begun to talk to people who may be tempted to vote for the Conservatives.
He also said the Liberal caucus is in contact with many people who were already planning to vote Liberal.
The Liberals also are encouraging people to contact their local MP and ask them to be part of the effort.
A number of Liberal MPs have also called on social distancers to vote in the next election.
On Monday, the party’s social distanced poster, which will be placed in every polling station on election day, urged people to cast their vote Liberal, but also to vote strategically.
This is a step towards a more open society, the poster reads.
Let’s make sure you’re in the right place at the right time.
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