July 4, 2016

Forward 2016 ~ Saturday

An early morning at the TRU Conference Centre in Kamloops and with coffee in hand people slowly filled the grand hall.

Jodie Wickens, winner of the by-election in Coquitlam-Burke Mountain set the stage for the day's busy agenda.

First up, party president, Craig Keating and his rallying speech to fight and win the coming election.

Interesting panel discussions and workshops on the practicality of campaigning in a digital age highlighted the day. The panel discussion was led by Raj Sahota, Deputy Director of the BC NDP and involved Glen Sanford (BC Director for the federal NDP campaign in 2015), Jagmeet Singh (MPP in Ontario and Deputy Leader of the Ontario NDP), and Jen Hassum (head of New Media at the United Steelworkers). Novel and thought provoking.

Sasha Issenberg, author of The Victory Lab, gave a keynote address on the use of modern campaign tools. Issenberg is a political reporter with work appearing in The Atlantic, The New Republic, The New York Times Magazine and The Boston Globe. Interesting.

Throughout the day, discussion, debate and laughter filled the breaks.

The day concluded with an outdoor barbecue presented by MoveUp.

And of course: more discussion, debate and laughter!

By Jim Murray.

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