Federal Liberals gave its members a sharp reminder despite all the progress and excitement acquired over the last year, as party officials highlighted that it still stands in third place and can’t afford to rest on its achievements alone. The Liberals have succeeded in gathering a wave of momentum since its leader Justin Trudeau was elected last April, as the party received donations from a record numbers of Canadians and polls repeatedly showing the party to have achieved popularity.
Delivering a speech at the party’s convention on Saturday, one of the two people managing the Liberal election campaign next year, Katie Telford, mentioned that the party has seen a groundswell of interest from Canadians. She stated that “the energy is high, and positive.” Telford shared that creation of a new “supporter” membership class in 2012 enabled the party to get in touch with thousands of Canadians who otherwise weren’t involved, explaining that “not only have they not unsubscribed, they are donating in record numbers.”
The Liberals were able to collect more than $11.2 million from an estimate of 135,000 Canadians in 2013, which was a dramatic increase over the previous years. Telford elucidated that “we literally have hundreds of Canadians who have requested nomination packages and are interested in running for us already.” However, Telford reminded delegates that “we are still in third-place,” and “there is a long road of building ahead.” She alleged that “no matter how well we fundraise, and we have to keep doing better than we’re doing despite the record-breaking numbers we’re seeing, we’re not caught up yet.”
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