Matt Price
Matt Price consults to NGOs on strategy and communications and has over 15 years experience working across North America on organizing and social change. He lives in BC. The views expressed in this blog are his own.

Entries by Matt Price

The London Group Challenging Stephen Harper's End to Home Delivery

(14) Comments | Posted March 17, 2015 | 1:46 PM

Citizens in London are proving once again that the only way to get any respect from the Harper Conservatives is to talk directly to the voters.

The issue is the proposed elimination of door-to-door postal delivery, an ideological gambit by the Harper government that has always seemed politically...

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David Black, Press Baron Behind B.C. Refinery Pitch, Has A Climate Denier Problem

(2) Comments | Posted November 10, 2014 | 2:21 PM

By all accounts, newspaper owner David Black genuinely cares about the B.C. coast. His surprising proposal to build an oil refinery near Kitimat is driven in part by his conviction that the raw bitumen that Enbridge wants to ship would make for a much worse oil spill than...

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Canada's Opposition Is Playing Communications Catch Up

(5) Comments | Posted September 12, 2014 | 11:45 AM

If there's one thing that the Harper Conservatives are good at, it's message discipline. Sure, they have taken this to the extreme of muzzling everyone else they can, but you have to admit that they bring logic and consistency to all their communications.

Less so Canada's opposition, which...

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A Great Regional Organizing Model -- Ecology Ottawa

(1) Comments | Posted September 2, 2014 | 5:17 PM

Ecology Ottawa Executive Director Graham Saul did things backwards."Most activists I know started at the grassroots level then worked their way up to the national or international levels," he says. "I've gone the other way because I'm more and more convinced we'll make a bigger difference working locally."

He began...

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How Canadian Progressives Can Win

(0) Comments | Posted December 17, 2013 | 7:50 AM

U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren opened Rootscamp in Washington, D.C., last week by saying she likes to hang out with people "who get things done."

It was the annual gathering of the New Organizing Institute (NOI), one of the pieces of progressive U.S. political infrastructure that has...

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Canada's New Organizers

(1) Comments | Posted October 18, 2013 | 4:47 PM

There is a new wave of organizing starting to take shape in Canada's social change sector, driven in part by the successes seen in recent progressive U.S. organizations and political campaigns. This wave is different in approach used by most Canadian advocacy and political campaigns over the past few decades,...

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We'll Get the Trudeau We Deserve

(10) Comments | Posted May 15, 2013 | 12:30 PM

Recently, I had a blog forming in my head, but Damien Gillis beat me to it. Rats, I thought at first, but then found myself pleased that somebody else did the work, and better than I could have.

The topic was Justin Trudeau's capture by the kind of...

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A Grassroots Model For Unions

(1) Comments | Posted February 5, 2013 | 7:41 AM

I've been researching and writing about powerful new forms of organizing in the social change sector. My own experience has been in the Canadian environmental community, but many of the exciting lessons today are coming out a variety of sectors in the U.S., and particularly from those that...

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Embracing Nexen Deal? Trudeau Prefers Shock Factor to Leadership

(19) Comments | Posted November 20, 2012 | 11:53 AM

Why do political handlers confuse contrarianism with "substance"?

The Justin Trudeau campaign, keen to put to bed allegations of its candidate being a lightweight, just put out an opinion piece embracing the takeover of Nexen by China's state owned CNOOC.

Unexpected, eh? It must therefore...

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What Warren Kinsella Can Teach the Conversatives

(1) Comments | Posted October 22, 2012 | 11:54 AM

In his new book Fight the Right, Warren Kinsella gets some big things correct while leaving some big things out.

First, he deserves credit for writing this book, period. There are lots of kitchen table and bar-room conversations underway about how progressives can rebuild and undo much of...

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Carbon Tax is Not the Villain in This Political Fairytale

(6) Comments | Posted September 21, 2012 | 12:29 PM

Mr. Krushchev said we will bury you
I don't subscribe to this point of view
It would be such an ignorant thing to do
If the Russians love their children too

Sting wrote these lyrics regarding the threat of nuclear war from the Soviet Union, but they seem...

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Redford's "National" Energy Strategy: Our Money, Your Problem

(14) Comments | Posted July 24, 2012 | 12:03 PM

B.C. Premier Christy Clark really has no choice at this point but to salvage some pride and stand up for B.C. by opposing Enbridge's Northern Gateway project. This after essentially getting slapped in the face -- politely but publicly -- by Alberta Premier Alison Redford -- who rejected...

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Why This Could Be Elizabeth May's Heyday

(12) Comments | Posted June 22, 2012 | 3:49 PM

Elizabeth May has rightly earned kudos for her performance in the recent federal legislative session against the "Trojan Horse" budget bill.

But, in addition to Parliamentary smarts, in an electoral context she has the power to change the game entirely. As the leader of Canada's fourth party --...

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Canadian Environmentalists Don't Have Time to Be Polite

(14) Comments | Posted May 4, 2012 | 12:42 PM

There's an old joke that goes: How do you get 20 Canadians out of a swimming pool? You shout, "Hey you Canadians, get out of the swimming pool."

We're generally an obedient lot, except while on skates, so what gives with the plan of a group of Canadians to

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Why The Gutless Gutting?

(14) Comments | Posted April 27, 2012 | 2:23 PM

So many questions about Canada today. So few answers.

What are the Conservatives scared of, indirectly gutting environmental laws via the budget, rather than standing proud in the House to vote for the more appropriately named "Big Oil Now RunsThe Country Act"?

Why does the Harper...

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Harper and B.C., Like Oil and Water

(29) Comments | Posted April 13, 2012 | 11:39 AM

This is the third and final piece in a series that began here and continued on the Huffington Post.

B.C. is a puzzle to the rest of Canada. It swings right and left like a pendulum in terms of governments in Victoria, with colourful political scandals...

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A Better Recipe for Canada, Part Two

(0) Comments | Posted April 12, 2012 | 11:08 AM

This is part two of a three part series that began here.

The insult would only work on Ontario.

When Conservative MP Peter Van Loan accused Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty of being the "small man of confederation" for demanding that Ontario get more seats in the...

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We Need a Better Recipe for Canada than Just Boiling It

(8) Comments | Posted April 5, 2012 | 3:38 PM

Paul Wells' recent Maclean's cover story about "How Ottawa Runs on Oil" should be required reading for anyone seeking to understand where Canada is heading under the Harper government. He not only puts into context the tactical attacks on environmentalists, but also explains how there is...

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How to Get Off Your Butt and Do Something Useful

(4) Comments | Posted April 3, 2012 | 2:57 PM

Polls show that more Canadians now feel our country is heading in the wrong direction. According to a study that appeared on in March, 44.7 per cent of Canadian's think this country is going in the wrong direction. So, continue to shout at your television, or get...

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Federal Budget Will Arrive Soaked in Oil

(31) Comments | Posted March 21, 2012 | 2:02 PM

The Harper Conservatives have fallen 16 points in B.C., hopefully in part because of their bully campaign on behalf of Enbridge's tar sands pipeline. But they show no sign of letting up, with an oil-soaked budget expected on March 29.

Former Conservative Fisheries...

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