The Burlington Progressive Conservative Riding Association is a prime example of what happens to a political party’s riding association when the incumbent no longer has any skin in the game. Incumbent MPP, Joyce Savoline, has decided not to run in the campaign leading up to the October 6 general election, and no where is there a clearer indication of her decision than on her riding association’s Web site at http://www.burlingtonpca.com/.
The “home page” is totally out of date: the list of board of directors is a year old and it’s advertising a “Burlington PC AGM” for Saturday, December 11th, 2009! Under “Events” there is a message, “Currently no events are available.” Really? Will there be no nomination meeting this year? And isn’t there an Ontario PC convention of some kind in the near future? Under “News Releases” there is a complete duplication of the year-plus outdated home page.
There is no information given on how to contact the riding association or any of the board of directors. Really! in this age of electronic communication? There is contact information for MPP Joyce Savoline, of course. But twice during her term at Queen’s Park I used these data to contact her and received no response, not even an acknowledgement of receipt. I know the e-mails went through because they were acknowledged by others copied on the messages.
I went to the Web site to renew my lapsed membership online. My wife had been given a number to call for membership information by someone answering her call to the number listed under “Your Riding” on the Web site—apparently, Ms. Savoline’s constituency office. My wife called the number and left a message that we wanted to renew membership and left our telephone number. This was several days ago.
That person, said to be, “membership secretary,” has yet to return my wife’s call. Her name is not listed on the outdated directors’ list, so maybe my wife was given the wrong person’s telephone number.
Frustrated, now, I did a search on Facebook where I found the riding’s page. Sadly, though, no joy there either. The newest item on the Facebook page’s “wall” is a November 2009 item! The “Info” section of the Facebook page lists two items: the ridings Web site—sending me in a complete circle—and a reference to “Rene Papin for Burlington.” Mr. Papin is one of the candidates for the nomination to represent the riding.
Hello, is this some sort of April Fool’s joke, or have the Burlington PCs decided to give the coming election a pass?
Or could it be that the Burlington Progressive Conservative Riding Association is so flush with funds and members, it has closed it’s membership. Curious, that, since I’ve been told there are, at least, two candidates who are contesting the nomination in the riding. I wonder if they know there is no riding association, at least none with an active public face to it.
I could make further inquiries, of course, but why bother? The Burlington Provincial Liberal Association’s Web site seems up to date. Perhaps I should check them out.
Keeping simple, yet important, modern communications channels open and active would seem to be Politics 101—what am I missing here?