I wrote the below post at risk of alienation and repercussions from within the party. I wrote this because I want genuine renewal. I'm tired of Liberals saying "As long as there's no rule against it, it's okay." I'm tired of Liberals knowing wrongs are being committed but not saying anything about them. I'm tired of Liberals justifying winning at all costs. Liberals must stop doing anything that is possible, and instead do what is right.
This is a follow-up to this post.
In 2006 the Dion campaign in BC used deception and dishonesty to corrupt the delegate system the Liberal Party uses in selecting its leader. The Dion campaign used a "Decoy delegate" strategy, where they would plant Dion delegates in Dion unfriendly ridings to pose as other leadership candidates' delegates. These delegates once in Montreal would not vote on the first ballot, as they would have been restricted to voting for the candidate they were elected for, but after that ballot they would vote for Dion, thus giving him the image of swelling momentum.
I have been in communication with various delegates who have told me they had been organized in this decoy delegate strategy by the Dion campaign and I have also had other Dion organizers admit to me off-the-record that such a strategy was used. As for more prominent Dion organizers I have yet to receive a reply.
A few months ago, before the election I grasped the gravity of this strategy, and its consequential corruption and I recalled back to Camp Wanna-be-free, a Young Liberal retreat in Peachland BC that occurred during the leadership race. I remembered something Adam Miron, a Dion organizer had told me, that the Dion campaign had an ace-in-the-hole, a 'strategy' that would guarantee a win for Dion. At the time I pressed him, and though he talked intimately about other campaign topics, on this strategy he would not say anything more then it was huge. After finding out about decoy delegates, I connected the two, and believed that the very strategy Adam Miron kept secret was this decoy delegate strategy that was implemented by the Dion campaign in BC.
In September of this year, conscious of the fact that Adam Miron would not overtly admit to being involved in this decoy strategy, as after Dion's win he was hired as the National Director of the YLC, I emailed him posing as one of these decoy delegates. I told him that someone pretending to be him sent me an email asking for a list of other decoy delegates and that I was worried that I would be found out. Below is a copy of the emails, note just like another smart Young Liberal I know, he does not want a written record, as shown in his persistence in getting me to call him. Also note his promise to keep my name out of it and that no trouble will come to me:
Adam Miron: Give me a few minutes to figure out best course of action.From the above correspondence, from what other Dion organizers told me, and from what he had told me at Camp Wanna-be-free I believe Adam Miron is one of the Dion organizers who participated in the decoy delegate strategy. I have since emailed Adam Miron about his role in the decoy delegate strategy, it has been more then a month and I have received no reply.
Thanks for your excellent insight
Adam Miron: Can you call me?
Decoy Delegate: This is retarded. I'm in class. Who is this then? What the fuck does he want? Is this gonna start shit
Adam Miron: When are you free to call me?
Decoy Delegate: noon. I'm not getting in trouble
Adam Miron: No worries about trouble, man. This won't come back on you in any way. I really appreciate you sending this to me. Where do you live? Its 1:24 where I live (ottawa).
Decoy Delegate: He has MY name, but I'm glad your confident I'm in Vancouver.
Adam Miron: That's where I am from. I used to work in the lpcbc office. Did you donate to the GK camapign? If so he could have pulled your name from election canada's website. Anyone can access information is you've donated.
Decoy Delegate: No I didnt, but I fucked up. He called me days ago and asked me and I said yes
Adam Miron: Do you have his number?
Decoy Delegate: I wrote it down, not with me. so im screwed then
Adam Miron: You are not screwed at all. I'm sorry this happened to you, but can assure you nothing ill will come your way out of this.
Did he say anything else identifying?
Decoy Delegate: he said he was you. That he was making a database of dion delegates who went to the convention as other delegates. That he was like me, one of those delegates and now he worked directly under dion. So your saying my name will stay out of this
Adam Miron: If you want your name to stay out of this then I will make that happen.
Decoy Delegate: yeah of course i do
Adam Miron: I really want to find out who this is.
Decoy Delegate: how are you gonna keep my name out of this if you don't even know who it is? im sorry but he has me admitting to it, what are you gonna do
Adam Miron: Call me when you can and we will discuss it.
I wrote the above post at risk of alienation and repercussions from within the party. I wrote this because I want genuine renewal. I'm tired of Liberals saying "As long as there's no rule against it, it's okay." I'm tired of Liberals knowing wrongs are being committed but not saying anything about them. I'm tired of Liberals justifying winning at all costs. Liberals must stop doing anything that is possible, and instead do what is right.