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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
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Lobbyists, MPs get in on the ice bucket challenge for ALS Sept. 3, 2014

Photo courtesy Summa Strategies
The team at Summa Strategies took the ice bucket challenge last week at the Parliament Pub. Summa challenged board members from the Government Relations Institute of Canada (GRIC) to take it next. From left: intern John McHughan, vice-chairman Tim Powers, senior adviser Louis-Alexandre Lanthier, consultant Kate Harrison, vice-president Jim Armour, vice-president Robin MacLachlan, president Tracey Hubley, senior adviser Michele Austin, and consultant Angela Christiano.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
The Government Relations Institute of Canada board members take the ice bucket challenge.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
GRIC directors feel the chill.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
From left: GRIC president Andre Albinati, secretary Joanne Dobson, board members Kevin Desjardins and Alayne Crawford, treasurer Phil Cartwright, and board members Alex Maheu and Jason Kerr.
Photograph provided Hill and Knowlton Strategies
Health Minister Rona Ambrose gets in on the ice bucket challenge.
Photograph courtesy Hill and Knowlton Strategies
NDP Leader Tom Mulcair.
Photograph courtesy Hill and Knowlton Strategies
Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau.

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