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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
Thursday, April 24, 2014
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Former Liberal deputy prime minister Herb Gray dies at age 82: some photos from his life on the Hill April 22, 2014

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Herb Gray, the former Liberal MP, Cabinet minister, and deputy prime minister, pictured here with his daughter Elizabeth Gray-Smith, died on Monday, April 21 at the age of 82. He served in Parliament of 39 years and was one of Canada's longest-serving MPs.
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Herb Gray and his former assistant Eugene Lang, pictured at a Hill reception.
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Herb Gray, pictured on his way to a U.S. Embassy's Fourth of July party in Ottawa. Mr. Gray may have not been in the House in his later years, but he regularly attended Hill-related receptions.
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Herb Gray at a menorah-lighting ceremony on the Hill.
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Herb Gray, pictured back in his Centre Block office when he was in government.
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Herb Gray, pictured in his Centre Block office, being interviewed by Bill Curry, who was a reporter for The Hill Times.
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Herb Gray, pictured in his Centre Block office back when he was in government.
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Herb Gray, pictured on the Hill posing for The Hill Times.
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Herb Gray, pictured on the Hill back when he was a Cabinet minister.
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Herb Gray, pictured on Parliament Hill.
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Herb Gray pictured with his wife, Sharon Sholzberg, on the Hill.
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Herb Gray, pictured in a Hill scrum.
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Jim Peterson and Herb Gray, pictured on a rainy day on the Hill.
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Jim Peterson and Herb Gray.
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Herb Gray, centre, pictured with the late Liberal MP Shaughnessy Cohen, and Windsor Star Hill reporter Paul McKeague, during a Hill fire drill.
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Herb Gray, who went esophagus cancer in 1996 and beat it, is pictured here in a Hill scrum.
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Herb Gray, pictured at a Parliamentary Press Gallery Dinner on the Hill.
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Herb Gray, pictured at the Lester B. Pearson Building in Ottawa on his way into a special Cabinet minister back when he was a Cabinet minister.
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Herb Gray, pictured in a Hill scrum. Allan Thompson, left, was a reporter with The Toronto Star, and Paul McKeague, pictured right behind Mr. Gray, was never far behind the MP from Windsor.
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Herb Gray in another Hill scrum.
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Herb Gray in his Centre Block office back when he was a Cabinet minister. He collected, framed, and hung up most of the editorial cartoons of himself in his Centre Block office.
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Herb Gray and his many framed cartoons.
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Herb Gray and his editorial cartoons, pictured in his Centre Block office.

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