Friday, December 23, 2011

Tory fundraising

Steve Maher talks to my friend Gerry Nichols about fundraising. The grits are only now taking fundraising seriously. The Tories need to stay on top. I like the idea of fundraising using unions. It is better than trying to raise money because of liberal opposition to the crime bill. Public sector unions are a large cause of federal and provincial deficits. They need to be reigned I and the Tory base would be happy if we were the ones to to just that. Tory headquarters is already dealing with the loss of electoral welfare. They are being fiscally prudent. Things may be a little more difficult for The Tory Fundraising Juggernaut because of the minority government. I personally believe that donation limits should be at least doubled.
That seems unlikely in the short term. Using unions for fundraising seems like a good idea. What about using the grit judiciary , the obstreperous grit civil service and of cours grit infested elections Canada. The letters virtually write themselves.

Gerry Nicholls, who spent years working side by side with Stephen Harper at the National Citizens Coalition, thinks the party now faces an uphill battle, since is has a majority government.

Nicholls, who is no longer on Harper's Christmas card list, raised money for the NCC for 22 years, writing bushels of letters to wring money out of small-c conservatives across Canada, but especially in the interior of British Columbia, southern Alberta and southwestern Ontario.

To get those donors to reach for their chequebooks, he says the Tories will need a new villain, and says public-sector unions "are from central casting."

"My prediction is, if they're serious about doing anything on the deficit, they'll fundraise against public-sector unions," he said. "It makes sense from a tactical point of view. 'We want to cut the deficit but the powerful public sector union bosses try to stop us.'

"The Conservative base hates unions. And the rule of thumb for me when I'm fundraising is, don't try to convince somebody of something. Don't try to explain why something's bad. Take advantage of the prejudice that's already there."

In the federal budget this spring, the Conservatives are seeking about $4 billion in cuts, which will likely mean at least 10,000 public servants will get Pink slips.


Calgary Junkie said...

I can only speak for myself, of course, but one thing (among many) that motivates me to donate is my awareness that our CPC team has to be very well prepared to win another majority in 2015.

I don't take anything for granted, nor under-estimate the abilities of our opponents. If the lefties wake up, put aside their differences, find a way to unite or coalesce around one leader, they are going to be tough to beat. I've seen that happen in Calgary with Joe Clark in 2000, Mayor Nenshi last year, and Alison Redford. Not to mention the Jack Layton phenomenon.

Life for our country and party is obviously so much better, with a stable conservative majority. I don't even want to think about the havoc that would again ensue, if the Opps were in a position to form a governing coalition. Talk about a disaster.

Gabby in QC said...

I preface my comment with this just because ... I'm far from being a strategist or anything like that. I'm just an opinionated conservative who became more politically aware during the latter Chretien years.

I had never donated to a political party before but I've been donating to the CP for a number of years because it reflects most of my own views. However, I disagree with increasing the amount one can donate to political parties. As a matter of fact, I now favour keeping the per vote subsidy and doing away with political donations altogether.

Nowadays, many people's "reasoning" goes something like this: why should my tax money go to a cause I don't believe in? That kind of "reasoning" cannot legitimately be used against the per vote subsidy but can be used against donations. Perhaps rather than an outright ban on donations, they could be limited to the actual election period, with a $2000 limit for individuals, no corporations or unions allowed, but with no tax credits attached. The political party of one's choice would benefit, other taxpayers couldn't whine about their money going to a party they don't support, and political parties could concentrate -- hopefully -- on policy rather than perennial fund-raising tactics.

Gerald said...

For the NDP socialist separtists to form the Govt in 2015 would be literally impossible.They will lose a lot of seats in Quebec,especially if their leader isn't from Quebec.They'll also lose some seats in the rest of Canada,or I should have said the real Canada.Gerald

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