The Conservative Leadership Foundation

The Ontario-based Conservative Leadership Foundation (CLF) is Canada's original grass roots campaign school for the conservative movement. The CLF founded by John Mykytyshyn and John Capobianco, both seasoned politicos who have held many positions in the federal and Ontario Conservative parties.

The key to the CLF’s Weekend Retreat's appeal is a constantly-evolving curriculum geared to different levels of expertise, a system which avoided "the tyranny of the lowest common denominator," as Mykytyshyn puts it. The current trend in parties in reacting to politically correct attitudes is to make curricula as simplistic as possible, geared to the least knowledgeable person, so as not to make anyone feel out of place. While this may be an inclusive approach, the reality is that no two campaigns are the same and that while there are many similarities in various campaigns, the specifics can lead to a vastly different campaign from one election to another, and certainly from one level to another. It is always possible to learn more and get better.

With this in mind, the CLF created a "tiered system." Participants were initially assessed in a two-hour exam process. Based on their personal experience, prior knowledge of campaign techniques and strategy, they were streamed and taught a variety of classes appropriate to their own specific personal level. Through this approach, no one is left out of the conversation, either by talking over their heads or below their level of understanding.

The legacy of CLF can be seen not only in the campaigns that it's organizers and attendees have had a hand in, but as well in the presence of those who have participated in CLF that have gone on to elected office directly as MPPs and MPs, or as staff to elected officials.

The Ontario-based Conservative Leadership Foundation (CLF) is Canada's original grass roots campaign school for the conservative movement. The CLF founded by John Mykytyshyn and John Capobianco, both seasoned politicos who have held many positions in the federal and Ontario Conservative parties.

The key to the CLF’s Weekend Retreat's appeal is a constantly-evolving curriculum geared to different levels of expertise, a system which avoided "the tyranny of the lowest common denominator," as Mykytyshyn puts it. The current trend in parties in reacting to politically correct attitudes is to make curricula as simplistic as possible, geared to the least knowledgeable person, so as not to make anyone feel out of place. While this may be an inclusive approach, the reality is that no two campaigns are the same and that while there are many similarities in various campaigns, the specifics can lead to a vastly different campaign from one election to another, and certainly from one level to another. It is always possible to learn more and get better.

With this in mind, the CLF created a "tiered system." Participants were initially assessed in a two-hour exam process. Based on their personal experience, prior knowledge of campaign techniques and strategy, they were streamed and taught a variety of classes appropriate to their own specific personal level. Through this approach, no one is left out of the conversation, either by talking over their heads or below their level of understanding.

The legacy of CLF can be seen not only in the campaigns that it's organizers and attendees have had a hand in, but as well in the presence of those who have participated in CLF that have gone on to elected office directly as MPPs and MPs, or as staff to elected officials.

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