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The real political trump card: revitalized democracy - The Globe and Mail
PRESTON MANNING
Special to The Globe and Mail
Published Thursday, Apr. 21, 2016
Preston_Manning 
april 2016 by jerryking
New Liberal government, same old litany - The Globe and Mail
PRESTON MANNING
Special to The Globe and Mail
Published Friday, Feb. 26, 2016
op-ed  Preston_Manning  Liberals  deficits  debt  Justin_Trudeau 
february 2016 by jerryking
Recharging the Canadian right - The Globe and Mail
PRESTON MANNING
Special to The Globe and Mail
Published Monday, Jan. 18, 2016

As Henry Kissinger once observed, politicians in office use up their intellectual, human and organizational capital rather than adding to it. Time out of office, wisely employed, can be used to restock the cupboard....

.....This is not to say that personal attractiveness and communications capabilities should be ignored in the recruitment of the next generation of political leaders. But if the aim of conservatives is not only to recharge the right politically, but also to be better able to govern the country as a result, putting all the renewal eggs in the charismatic leader basket would be a mistake for both conservatism and the country....
1. Greater recognition of the character traits that Canadians want to see in their elected officials – openness, honesty, transparency, integrity, compassion, humility – and making the possession of such traits a much more important factor in recruiting candidates, leaders and staff.

2. More clearly embracing those Canadian values – such as freedom, responsibility, equality of opportunity, stewardship, respect for life, democratic accountability – that conservatives want to strengthen and apply more rigorously to public policy.

3. Continue to strongly communicate the importance of trade liberalization, public-spending constraints, balanced budgets, debt reduction and tax relief.

4. Undertake a fresh round of policy development to strengthen the creative application of conservative values and principles to those areas where conservatives are, rightly or wrongly, seen to be weak or disinterested, such as poverty, inequality, health care, education, environment, science and culture.

5. Investing heavily in training conservative-oriented Canadians for more effective participation in the country’s political processes; providing more and better training for volunteers, constituency executives, campaign managers and candidates.

6. With respect to all of the above, consulting and involving ordinary Canadians at every stage – not just party insiders and elites.
Preston_Manning  conservatism  revitalization  intellectual_capital  human_capital  constituencies  rebuilding  think_tanks  political_infrastructure  institutions  politicians  institution-building  right-of-center  Canadian  values  training  Henry_Kissinger  organizational_capital  renewal  character_traits  charisma  APNSA  right-wing 
january 2016 by jerryking
Time to rebuild conservatism in Alberta - The Globe and Mail
PRESTON MANNING
Special to The Globe and Mail
Published Thursday, May. 14 2015
Conservatism in Alberta, therefore, needs to be rebuilt provincially from the bottom up – rediscovering and recommitting itself to its fundamental values and principles, developing a conservative platform that applies those values and principles to the issues of the day, and engaging in constituency rebuilding and advocacy campaigns to restore its relevance and influence with Alberta electors.

In the federal arena, this process took more than 10 years to complete after the collapse of the federal PC Party in the 1993 national election. It culminated in, but did not begin with, an effort to “unite the right” at the party level, but much ground work had to be done before that effort was even feasible, let alone advisable. Alberta is a much smaller and dynamic political arena than the national political arena, so the deconstruction and rebuilding of conservatism provincially should not be nearly as long or difficult as it was federally....
With falling oil prices, Alberta’s star economic player is still in the game but playing hurt. Now is the time for other sectors – agriculture and forestry, the service and knowledge sectors, whose growth and export potential is not limited by pipeline capacity, exporters with a strong focus on Asia – to accept the challenge, “up their game” and provide more of the leadership Alberta’s economy urgently requires.
conservatism  Alberta  Preston_Manning  Wildrose  rebuilding  right-of-center  constituencies  right-wing 
may 2015 by jerryking
NDP win fits historic pattern - The Globe and Mail
JEFFREY SIMPSON
The Globe and Mail
Published Thursday, May. 07 2015,

Alberta was growing fast until recently. Having so much money, PC governments siphoned much of it into public services. On a per capita basis, for example, Alberta spends the most on health care (along with Newfoundland), and yet demands for even more spending never relented. The province needed more schools, more university and college places, more police, more roads, more of everything. As these services expanded, so did the number and clout of public-sector unions, who formed the spine of the NDP’s victory on Tuesday and to which the new Premier, Rachel Notley, will now be beholden. They will expect some degree of munificence from her, and she will be hard-pressed, given the province’s straitened fiscal circumstances, to accede to all of their demands.
Jeffrey_Simpson  Alberta  elections  NDP  Preston_Manning  public_service  public_sector  unions  history  reform  provincial_governments  Wildrose  Rachel_Notley  creeping_normality  complacency  Ralph_Klein  dynasties  populism 
may 2015 by jerryking
Let’s train our leaders to be ethical - The Globe and Mail
PRESTON MANNING
Special to The Globe and Mail
Published Monday, Apr. 06 2015

How about establishing an Institute of Political Managers and Directors, along the same lines as the Institute of Corporate Directors, with a similar commitment to ethical training and conduct? Such an institute would need to be cross-partisan, not non-partisan, since it would be providing ethical training for participants in the real political world, which is intensely partisan, whether we like it or not.

Its training emphasis should be heavily focused on ethics – promoting truth in communications and knowing where the lines are drawn among truth, spin and lies; advancing guidelines as to what constitutes ethical behaviour in an adversarial system and defining the limits to partisanship; demanding unwavering adherence to the rule of law by those who make laws; and inculcating a trusteeship ethic among those responsible for the handling of public money.

For training resources, the institute could draw in part upon business schools with well-developed courses in ethics, as well as Carleton University’s graduate program in political management. Carleton already includes an ethical component in each of its political management courses.
Preston_Manning  training  leaders  boards_&_directors_&_governance  Carleton  political_infrastructure  institutions  politicians  institution-building  ethics 
april 2015 by jerryking
After Redford, Alberta needs an ethics reboot - The Globe and Mail
PRESTON MANNING
Special to The Globe and Mail
Published Friday, Aug. 08 2014
ethics  Preston_Manning  Alberta  Alison_Redford 
august 2014 by jerryking
How to make city mayors ‘responsible’ - The Globe and Mail
PRESTON MANNING
Special to The Globe and Mail
Published Monday, Jul. 21 2014
Preston_Manning  mayoral  Toronto  Rob_Ford 
july 2014 by jerryking
Progressives take page from Manning playbook - The Globe and Mail
Lawrence Martin

Special to The Globe and Mail

Published Tuesday, May. 14 2013

Progressives, their heads in yestergear, sat sphinx-like. As Rick Smith, the new head of the Broadbent Institute, was noting the other day, they didn’t see the need for something like a Manning Centre. They didn’t grasp the need for new fundraising networks, new get-out-the-vote methods, social media expertise, training programs for activists and the like.
Preston_Manning  political_infrastructure  NDP  Lawrence_Martin  playbooks  training_programs 
february 2014 by jerryking
True democracy starts with the municipal - The Globe and Mail
Preston Manning

Special to The Globe and Mail

Published Thursday, Aug. 15 2013

there are more than 25,000 elected municipal officials in Canada, not counting elected school boards and health boards in many jurisdictions, and some 75,000 to 100,000 Canadians likely gave serious thought to running for their municipal council over the past three years.

And while there are numerous think tanks, interest groups, party organizations and communications vehicles that provide intellectual capital and training opportunities for politicians at the federal and provincial levels, candidates for municipal office are not nearly as well served. This is a situation that needs to be remedied – not by bringing federal or provincial party politics to the municipal level, but by creating and supporting more think tanks, training programs, and communications vehicles dedicated to the provision of better ideas and training for those willing to run for municipal office.

Of course, political innovation of this type at the municipal level will run into the same criticism and opposition that invariably greets political innovation at any level in Canada.
Preston_Manning  municipalities  democracy  political_infrastructure  institutions  institution-building  politicians  political_innovation  think_tanks  training  training_programs 
august 2013 by jerryking
Principles, not mere pragmatism, should drive the Nexen decision - The Globe and Mail
Preston Manning

Special to The Globe and Mail

Published Thursday, Nov. 22 2012
Preston_Manning  Nexen  CNOOC  SOEs  China 
december 2012 by jerryking
How Reform changed our system
JUNE 1, 2007 | G&M | by PRESTON MANNING.

It is the job of a conservative party - in a minority situation, with a leader who (contrary to the common perception) tends to be more cautious and pragmatic than ideological - to target and win the support of the median voter. And it is the job of the conservative movement - the think tanks, public intellectuals, interest groups, and communications vehicles - to move that median voter onto more conservative ground.

In the 21st century, finding the right division between movement and party - something Reformers wrestled with for 10 years - will be a key determinant of political success.
Preston_Manning  Stephen_Harper  Conservative_Party  social_movements  grass-roots  interest_groups  think_tanks 
september 2012 by jerryking
Because one day, Tories, you’ll be out of office too - The Globe and Mail
preston manning
From Wednesday's Globe and Mail
Published Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012

Build and maintain your “democratic political infrastructure” – the intellectual capital generators for politicians, the training programs for political activists, and the political communications vehicles – when in opposition but continue to build and maintain it, outside of the civil service and through private donations, even after becoming the governing party.

To fail to do so is to court eventual political collapse and impotence from which it may take years, even decades, to recover – witness the current state of the federal Liberals.
Preston_Manning  contingency_planning  discipline  political_infrastructure  loyal_opposition  institutions  institution-building  politicians  training_programs 
january 2012 by jerryking
A Canada more strong and free
14 Apr 2005 | The Globe and Mail Pg.25 | by Mike Harris, Mike; and Preston Manning.

Canada's declining status as a leader on the world stage can be attributed to the substitution of rhetoric about Canadian values for action to advance Canada's economic and humanitarian interests, the failure to properly fund and equip Canada's armed forces, and the failure of Canada's political leadership to retain a position of influence with the United States. Dramatic action is required to rebuild Canada's sovereignty and security.

we focus on four priorities.

Improving health care
Raising income and job prospects
Increasing democracy
Advancing trade and security
ProQuest  Preston_Manning  priorities  Michael_Harris  decline  world_stage 
october 2011 by jerryking
The 21st century's Hiroshima ProQuest
Aug 6, 2005 | The Globe and Mail pg. A.17 | Preston ManningThe same science that can be used to develop genetically-based cures for human diseases can also be used to produce mutated smallpox bacteria or influenza viruses even more virulent than their predecessors and highly resistant to any known treatment. And if the sun of human progress should again become obscured by the storm clouds of war -- war itself transformed by the increasing scope and sophistication of terrorism -- how long will it be before the plan for utilizing mutated viruses and terrorist-induced pandemics as instruments of mass destruction appears on the underground blackboard of some terrorist cell capable of implementing it?

The third pebble

What exactly is the most disruptive and lethal dimension of the "dark side" of the life sciences -- the genetic equivalent of the first A-bomb -- and how might this destructive force be delivered to target populations to accomplish the political purposes of those desiring to unleash it?

While a terrorist attack on military or civilian populations utilizing such techniques would have immediate impacts on public health, the greater damage to human life and society will most likely be through the panic and terror that such a biological attack or pandemic will trigger throughout the general population. And this panic won't be transmitted by air, water, or utility system, but by the mass-communications network of 21st-century society, in particular the electronic media of radio, television, the Internet, cell phones, and personal computing devices. It is the electronic mass media that will most likely prove to be the B-29s of the age of genetics and bioterrorism.
life_sciences  genetics  viruses  ProQuest  Preston_Manning  21st._century  terrorism  threats  WWI  WWII  bioterrorism  panics  mass_media  virulence  pandemics  digital_media  dark_side 
october 2011 by jerryking
Preston Manning's next big conservative idea
Oct 20, 2004 | The Globe and Mailpg. A.25 ||Jeffrey Simpson.

Manning is working through a set of plans to spread the conservative movement. The plans are still in the formative stage, but they involve everything from grassroots organization to new conservative publications and websites to think-tanks and conferences for discussing and disseminating conservative ideas.

Mr. Manning likens a political party to a plane. The leader, like the pilot, keeps it aloft. But a plane also needs a competent crew, ground staff, mechanics, engineers -- just as a political party needs workers, ideas, organization and outlets for its message. Conservatives in Canada lack enough of all this.

Mr. Manning says he doesn't look to the United States for inspiration. But there, the conservative movement since Barry Goldwater's presidential defeat in 1964 has outorganized and outfinanced the liberals.

Conservatives, not liberals, frame the majority of political discourse in the United States. Conservatives have their own publications (such as the Washington-based Weekly Standard), think-tanks (Cato, Hoover, American Enterprise Institute), links to religious groups, training programs for campaign workers, and conferences.

That's the kind of network Mr. Manning wants to build beneath the Conservative Party. The idea needs money, and lots of it, from people Mr. Manning rather euphemistically describes as "political venture capitalists."

This means encouraging very rich people or companies to contribute millions of dollars.
Jeffrey_Simpson  Preston_Manning  ideas  ProQuest  ideologies  conservatism  think_tanks  institution-building  networks  institutions  political_infrastructure  training_programs 
october 2011 by jerryking
He can fix what others broke
Dec 16, 2005 | The Globe and Mail pg. A.23 |Preston Manning. Abstract

The Clarity Act, which a majority of Canadians now accept as a great idea and a major constraint on separatism both east and west, is based on principles contained in a private member's bill authored -- you guessed it -- by [Stephen Harper]. But too bad (from the perspective of Ontarians and Atlantic Canadians) that Stephen "isn't from around here" because he's done more strategic thinking and planning on this issue than any federal leader, including the Prime Minister.
ProQuest  Stephen_Harper  Preston_Manning  elections  separatism 
october 2011 by jerryking
Building better conservatives to build a better democracy
Sep 14, 2005 |The Globe and Mail. pg. A.21| Preston Manning.

A contemporary political philosophy such as democratic conservatism needs a vehicle -- a party -- to participate effectively in the democratic process. To fly successfully over the long haul, it also needs a multitude of think tanks and links with academia to generate ideas and policy analyses; education and training institutions and programs to train everyone from poll captains to potential cabinet ministers; communications vehicles to link itself to its grassroots and voters; national forums and political trade shows to bring conservatives together from across Canada; and links with interest groups capable of waging issue campaigns on subjects of importance to conservatives and voters. And of course it needs institutions and programs to finance all the above....

The Manning Centre intends to facilitate the development of such conservative democratic infrastructure, with guidance from the Toronto roundtable and follow-up advisory panels. As a "do tank" rather than a think tank, we hope to bridge the gap between conservative idea-generation and the practical implementation of those ideas in the real political world.
Preston_Manning  conservatism  institutions  nonprofit  Manning_Centre  training  think_tanks  activism  ProQuest  political_infrastructure  idea_generation  long-haul 
october 2011 by jerryking
Bridging the gap between scientist and politician
Feb 21, 2006 | The Globe and Mail pg. A.17| by Preston Manning. .

There is a large communications gap between the political and scientific communities. Despite the fact that science has a huge contribution to make toward the resolution of national issues, ranging from productivity improvement and environmental protection to the genetic modification of plants, animals, and our own species, there were no real scientists in any of the party caucuses and few science administrators or advisers among the upper echelons of political staffs.
ProQuest  Preston_Manning  science_&_technology  politicians  Communicating_&_Connecting  political_staffers  upper_echelons 
october 2011 by jerryking
The rise of the grassroots movements - The Globe and Mail
Feb. 24, 2011 | G&M |PRESTON MANNING. At a time when
support for traditional parties is diminishing worldwide, support for
bottom-up socio-economic movements with political agendas is on the rise
and becoming increasingly easy to organize through the use of social
netwkng tools...What roles can the movements play in revitalizing our
democratic sys.? (1) mobilize public opinion and support to raise
specific issues higher on the public agenda – high enough that parties
are obliged to respond. (2) be able to alter their positions to meet
changing conditions more easily and quickly than parties, especially
governing parties. (3) principled parties need their own philosophically
compatible “movements” to sustain and enrich them because modern
parties have become primarily mktg. mechanisms for fighting elections.
They do little development of their own intellectual capital--depending
on others – think tanks, academics, interest groups and the civil
service, if they’re a governing party.
grass-roots  social_movements  Preston_Manning  responsiveness  think_tanks  bottom-up  intellectual_capital  political_parties 
march 2011 by jerryking
Nigel Wright
Oct 8, 2010 | The Globe and Mail. . pg. A.20 | Preston Manning. :
ProQuest  Preston_Manning  Nigel_Wright  chief_of_staff 
october 2010 by jerryking
‘The thing' about innovation
Mar. 02, 2010 | The Globe & Mail | Preston Manning.
Innovation – defined as new and better ways of doing valued things – is
likely to be heavily stressed in this week's federal budget. It is the
key to improving the performance of Canada's economy.
And what are the valued things that Canada needs to find new and better
ways of doing? They include:
- The productive performance of businesses, especially in international
markets;
- The cost-effective provision of essential services, especially health
care;
- The responsible operation of the senior institutions of Canadian
democracy – our Parliament and legislatures.....Finally, a mechanism to
spearhead private-sector innovation to make the Canadian economy more
productive and competitive is probably the most urgent imperative of
all. And yet it is also the most perplexing. Despite years of discussion
and hand-wringing, research and development by Canada's private sector
consistently lags that of most of our OECD competitors.
Preston_Manning  innovation 
october 2010 by jerryking

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