Inside Politics

A new take on thank-you gifts

Liberals at their three-day "thinkers" conference in Montreal are putting their money where their mouths are - literally.

The conference invited more than 50 speakers to talk about everything from jobs and innovation to Canada's place in the world to the environment.

It's part of the Liberal attempt to come up with new ideas for the future. Instead of giving each speaker an appreciation gift, organizers are donating money on their behalf.

Donations were made to HIPPY - Home Improvement for Parents of Preschool Youngsters. The organization helps needy families get their children ready for kindergarten.

Donations are approximately $50 per speaker - a total of more than $2500 for the conference. "A substantial donation" says one liberal organizer.

And it solves that tricky speaking engagement dilemma - how to stuff the appreciation gift into your carry on luggage.
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