Federal Liberal Party’s big leadership selection gamble

A party that's easier to join is a better party, right? Microphones for everyone! CC: Some rights reserved by Michael Ignatieff, not present

I was surprised to read that Canada’s 3rd largest political federal party, the Liberal Party of Canada, has opened the voting of its next leader to non-members. Although the party risks being completely infiltrated by any organised group, the real risk lies in the party trading in any respectful leadership selection for modest increase in its broad support. Lowering the barriers for voting (a $10 membership fee) does not result in more votes, or better votes, nor more, better votes. 

Although Liberal MP John McCallum says “the risk of infiltration was minimal”, contemporary Canadian political history proves otherwise, time and time again

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