While there has been more than one success here at the conference, what stands out at the moment for me is the interaction that the Can150 site is driving.
I think the organisers did a terrific job of putting that feature together and if you are someone who has been following the conference on line, or just checking in on Twitter, it's clear that many across the country are engaged.
Sure, many of those people are Liberals, but it's clear that not all are.
When the conference opened, at a presser, Michael Ignatieff said the purpose of the conference was to put the ideas that were about to come in the window for Canadians. He mentioned opening the doors, doing things differently, and encouraging participation. The objective was to talk about ideas for the country out in the open and not behind closed doors.
That I think has been accomplished in a way that will necessitate that more of this be done in the future. To me, it's one of those things that you cannot do just once, then fall back to business as usual.
I'm not suggesting an elaborate conference every couple of months, but I think it is important to maintain this open ongoing dialogue with the country.
I have heard many people here say that's it's time for an adult conversation in this country, about the issues of our time.
No one was so crass as to suggest that due to the current government, this has been missing since 2006, but I won't stand on such ceremony.
Since coming to power, the Conservative party has made it a mission to dumb down the conversation. This conference tells me that people are less pleased with that than they, (the Conservatives) may think.
Personally, it's been a breath of fresh air to sit at the adult table for the past couple of days. I get to have wine, instead of whine.