To: NDP members and supporters
Date: Sunday February 7, 2016
Re: Interim Report on 2015 Campaign Review
In November I was asked to lead a thorough and extensive review of our campaign. In accepting this task, I pledged to the party membership that this effort would be honest, avoid the temptation to gloss over shortcomings and ultimately offer us a blueprint forward where we would learn from our mistakes and do better next time. A working group was established to assist in this task and you can read our terms of reference online. The consultation process has been focused on three questions: what worked, what didn’t, and what we need to start doing as we continue to build and strengthen our movement.
To date we have heard from tens of thousands of New Democrats through online surveys, telephone town halls, teleconferences, and community consultations. Right now, our campaign review working group is conducting a series of regional visits to get a better understanding of how our campaign unfolded on the ground.
The working group and I have heard about successes and disappointments. We’ve talked about ideas for the future.
Below is a brief list of feedback on the campaign that we have heard most frequently from our members:
Throughout all the conversations and consultations thus far I have been moved by the constructive tone of the comments, and the abundance of great ideas. This dialogue gives me great confidence in the strength of our movement and the future of our party.
We recognize the need to hear from many more of you and that’s why we will continue traveling the country to conduct campaign debriefs with candidates and campaign workers.
If you have not had a chance to give your feedback on the campaign yet, I urge you to take a moment now and send me your comments:
The working group will submit a summary report based on your feedback with recommendations to the the incoming Federal Executive, Federal Council and our Caucus.
Your insight and recommendations will guide us all in preparing our party for the next election.
With thanks and solidarity,
Canada’s New Democrats