respond to citizen question

To respond to citizen questions consistently and efficiently in an election campaign is difficult. To respond to media questions is only slightly more difficult. It's best to view the media as simply representing a lot of citizens at once and to respond to lobbyist questions the same as one would respond to the media.

Answering Citizen Questions 2004 taught us a great deal about this process. For the first time, there were qualified Issue Advocates capable of Answers to Questionnaires from a Green perspective, and Answers to Questionnaires were (mostly) shared in a timely manner so that the Party's best answer got to the relevant groups in time. There were some embarassing failures in this regard, notably re: Greenpeace and Sierra Club which did not have our best answers in time, but these were dealt with post facto and perhaps had some positive effects such as the NDP claim to be greener than the Greens which is strategically useful. A Policy FAQ was created rather too late in the game.

The Platform 2005 Process is designed to focus on these responses and to involve media team, web team, platform team, researcher and legislator in seamless support of the candidate and campaigner. A single system of answer recommendation will score the available answers, so that they may be tailored for specific interest groups. All input from interest group briefings and position papers will be considered by Issue Advocate and others involved, and possible answers to complex questions may be laid out in IPA format so that maximum skill can be brought to bear on the answers. Living Platform is the center of this proposed process.

The August 2004 agenda items reflect this growing concern with the process by which we respond to citizen questions during an election and just before.