Q&A: Platform Development

By Ian Capstick · August 28, 2015

How does a policy make it into the platform?

Each political party has their own process for deciding what makes it into their respective platform. At the end of the day, it is the responsibility of the senior strategists and campaign manager to decide what to put in front of Canadians. It has little to do with “official” party policy passed at convention.

I hear the term “fully costed” all the time. What does it mean?

Since the 1990s it has been an absolute requirement to cost your entire platform against the Finance Canada numbers and projections (and now the Parliamentary Budget Officer’s as well). If they don’t match up with the “official” estimates, the campaign better watch out.

Is there still time to influence the platforms?

No, not really. Most of the policy work was done months ago. There’s some fine-tuning still to be done, but you’d be hard-pressed to get a new policy introduced and accepted this week. Now is the time for influencing the electoral conversations through media.



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