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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
Sunday, July 12, 2015
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Politicians, Candidates come out for Toronto Pride Parade, June 28, 2015 June 29, 2015

Photo courtesy of Twitter

On Sunday, Toronto didn't have to wait for the rain to stop for the rainbows to appear, or the politicians. Pictured here, federal and Ontario Liberal leaders Justin Trudeau and Kathleen Wynne, joined by MPs Chrystia Freeland, Carolyn Bennett, and Bob Rae. Candidates Bill Morneau, Salma Zahid, and Bill Blair were there, too.

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NDP Leader Tom Mulcair, really playing up the beard thing at this year's pride.

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Green Party Leader Elizabeth May alongside candidates Gord Miller, Mike Schreiner, and deputy leader of the Green Party of Ontario, Mark Daye.

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A first this year was a Conservative contingent actually walking in the parade. They were calling themselves the LGTBTories. Among them were MP Bernard Trottier, candidate for Toronto-Centre Julian Di Battista, and Status of Women and Labour Minister Kellie Leitch.

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NDP Toronto MPs Matthew Kellway and Craig Scott, with Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath and candidate for Toronto-Centre Linda McQuaig.

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Liberal MP Carolyn Bennett carrying the banner with the Women's College Hospital in the parade.

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In an appearance that has sparked some backlash among social-conservative Conservatives, MPPs Jack MacLaren and Lisa MacLeod marched alongside Ontario Progressive Conservative Party Leader Patrick Brown.

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