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Unhappy with Stronach's decision to jump ship to the Liberals

'If Arnold Schwarzenagger can become governor of California, why can't Stronach be PM?'

How interesting that one of the architects of the merger of the Progressive Conservatives with the Canadian Alliance now finds that the party she created is not a home for her or for her progressive-conservative instincts. In short, she now knows that the merger was really a takeover with the objective of removing the PCs from the ballot and that the political culture of what is really the Reform Party does not welcome or recognize the complex nature of Canada. What sells to those who speak of a conservative movement does not sell to mainstream conservatives in Canada and sells not at all to Canadians of other opinions. Nor does it serve their interests. Goodwill and service to all Canadians does not come from an agenda-driven movement. That is why calling Mr. Harper's party, a Conservative Party, did not create a truly national Canadian alternative or a party that Canadians can embrace as progressive-conservative. I am sure other genuine Tory members of Stephen Harper's Conservative Party have been reconsidering their futures since the "new" party's founding convention in March and in light of the positions that party has taken since. Some may follow Belinda Stronach, John Herron, and Scott Brison; some may follow Rick Borotsik and André Bachand to leave political life altogether, and others will join with fellow progressive-conservatives in the task of rebuilding the PC Party as members of the Progressive Canadian Party because they believe in the task of nation-building and in the spirit of Sir John A. Macdonald.

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Unhappy with Stronach's decision to jump ship to the Liberals

'If Arnold Schwarzenagger can become governor of California, why can't Stronach be PM?'

How interesting that one of the architects of the merger of the Progressive Conservatives with the Canadian Alliance now finds that the party she created is not a home for her or for her progressive-conservative instincts. In short, she now knows that the merger was really a takeover with the objective of removing the PCs from the ballot and that the political culture of what is really the Reform Party does not welcome or recognize the complex nature of Canada. What sells to those who speak of a conservative movement does not sell to mainstream conservatives in Canada and sells not at all to Canadians of other opinions. Nor does it serve their interests. Goodwill and service to all Canadians does not come from an agenda-driven movement. That is why calling Mr. Harper's party, a Conservative Party, did not create a truly national Canadian alternative or a party that Canadians can embrace as progressive-conservative. I am sure other genuine Tory members of Stephen Harper's Conservative Party have been reconsidering their futures since the "new" party's founding convention in March and in light of the positions that party has taken since. Some may follow Belinda Stronach, John Herron, and Scott Brison; some may follow Rick Borotsik and André Bachand to leave political life altogether, and others will join with fellow progressive-conservatives in the task of rebuilding the PC Party as members of the Progressive Canadian Party because they believe in the task of nation-building and in the spirit of Sir John A. Macdonald.

  

Parliamentary Calendar
Monday, July 28, 2014
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
U.S. Ambassador Bruce Heyman's Fourth of July shindig July 14, 2014

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U.S. Ambassador Bruce Heyman, right, and his wife, Vicki, were all smiles at hosting their first Fourth of July bash in Ottawa. Some 3,000 guest attended. The mood was good and there was a lot of dancing, eating, and chatting.

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Vicki and Bruce Heyman.

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Vicki and Bruce Heyman.

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Vicki and Bruce Heyman. The dress code was summer whites. The atmosphere was light and lovely.

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Ken Taylor, former Canadian ambassador to Iran.

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Bluesky's Susan Smith, Ottawa University's Robert Asselin, and Bluesky's Tim Barber.

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Former CTV Hill reporter Roger Smith.

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Former Bloc MP Claude Bachand and Danielle Leclerc.

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House of Commons protocol's Elizabeth Rody and Jane Kennedy.

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McLoughlin Media's Barry McLoughlin and Laura Peck.

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Canadian Chamber of Commerce President Perrin Beatty, wearing a nice summer hat.

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The National Arts Centre's Peter Herndorff and Rosemary Thompson.

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Sisters, Maggie Creskey, left, and Hill Times publisher Anne Marie Creskey.

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Former Progressive Conservative prime minister Joe Clark.

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Chad Schella, Maureen McTeer, and CPAC's Catherine Clark.

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The guests on the front lawn of the U.S. ambassador's official residence in Ottawa's swishy Rockcliffe neighbourhood, high up above the Ottawa River.

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The cheesecakes were brought in from Chicago. Yum!

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Maclean's magazine's Paul Wells.

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Shaw's Alayne Crawford and Gary Clement, senior manager of GR at TD Bank (Toronto). 

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CCCE's Ailish Campbell, Ekos' Frank Graves, Amgen's Kim Furlong, and H&K's Jackie King.

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Environics' Greg MacEachern, CPAC's Natalie LeMay-Calcutt, and Shaw's Jim Patrick.

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CommuniquéDirect's Nick Masciantonio and MDA's Leslie Swartman.

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That's a lot of cheese, Martha.

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Postmedia News columnist Andrew Coyne and Global TV News reporter Laura Stone.

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Former Liberal MP Martha Hall Findlay, right, and a friend.

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The lineup.

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The scene.

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Postmedia News national affairs columnist Andrew Coyne.

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CTV cameraman Dave Ellis, centre. 

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