Musings —03.04.2013 08:41 AM—
That is a huge, huge number. I was with Justin’s campaign guru, Gerald Butts, last week for lunch. I told him I thought he’d do well with the social media contingent – but not this well!
To put it in context, here’s a snapshot at other such membership/leadership/supportership drives:
- The NDP’s leadership race: nearly 130,000 new members were signed up by all of the candidates in the 2012 leadership race.
- In the recent Ontario Liberal race, 45,000 new members were brought in by all of the leadership candidates
- In 2006, the federal Liberals brought in the same number in Ontario – 45,000 – in the race that saw Stephane Dion win
- In that same year, a sharp-eyed reader tells me, 190,000 were eligible to vote
Now, the factor to keep in mind, of course, is that the 150,000 supporters Trudeau has brought in are not members in the traditional sense. They did not pay to play. They are unlikely to have as much commitment as the members of old.
But, that aside, it’s still an impressive number. If I were any of the other contestants, this morning, I’d be thinking seriously about choosing discretion over valour.
UPDATE: Any one with cited examples of numbers achieved in other leadership races (including in the U.S.), please feel to add in comments. I will then check them out and place them on the bulleted list, above.