Monday, May 30, 2005

Belinda Stronach, Parliamentary Report

I'd be remiss if I didn't attach Belinda's "Parliamentary Report" that was delivered to constituents after she defected.

That's got to kind of suck. You try to sell yourself as a Liberal, then your report comes out (signed by your own hand) where you stick it to the party you just joined.

Belinda's General Letter to Constituents

Belinda's Commentary on the Federal Budget

Belinda Cover Page

The images are from the News Talk 1010 CFRB Toronto website; from a report on The Bill Carroll Show. Let me know if they disappear.

For debate:
  • If you think she was under pressure to produce a partisan Conservative report, will she be under the same pressure when her first "partisan" Liberal report comes out? Will she say that she's still a Conservative at heart?
  • Does she think $16 tax savings is now a reasonable tax saving?

Crossing the Floor

A lot of news recently on the fact that Belinda Stronach crossing the floor to join the Liberal Party. I won't rehash a lot of the arguments.

Was she ambitious? Likely. It seems apparent that Ms. Stronach did not have the same opportunities for "growth" in the Conservative Party as she potentially had with the Liberal Party.

Did she sell herself out? Maybe. We'll only know with the next election.

I'd like to express my view thusly, beginning with a quote from Belinda after Scott Brison crossed the floor to join the Liberals.
It's unfortunate that Scott Brison did not stay, did not roll up his sleeves if he didn't like something ... Don't run from it. Help shape the direction of the new party.
I guess my view on this is that, despite what we think our Member of Parliament is supposed to do, we don't vote for the individual, we often vote for the party. In this case, Belinda Stronach had no political experience and the riding was new. While I'm sure that a few of the votes she received were because she was popular, more than likely, the people of Newmarket-Aurora voted for Belinda as a Conservative and to sit as a member of the Loyal Opposition.

We may vote for a person after they've held the job for a term or two. We may vote for a local personality or politician who we believe would perform well in their new job.

In this case, I don't think Newmarket-Aurora did that. I think they rested their hopes on a Conservative (any Conservative) to deliver them from the scandal and alleged corruption of the ruling Liberals. Newmarket-Aurora wanted a change, and they thought they were voting for it.

Will she win the next election? Won't know till then. I kind of hope not.

What should she have done? Ultimately, the electorate do eventually have to trust their elected members to act on their behalf, but to show courage and leadership when they know something is fundamentally wrong. If this was the case (and I am by no means saying it is), she should have left the Conservative Party and sat as an independent. No cabinet post, no patronage appointment, no baggage.

If she felt strongly that she was a Liberal, she could have sought the party's nomination at the next election. Go to her constituents and represent them as a Liberal.

I just can't believe it, still.

Sunday, May 29, 2005

Let's Expose My Hidden Agenda

This site is here to discuss my views on Canadian politics. I will tell you that I am a moderate on the right-side of the fence.

This isn't going to be a pro-conservative site, although it may seem that way at times. I'll try to be fair, giving credit where credit is due.

About my political leanings:
  • I'm a member of the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party
  • I'm a former member of the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada
  • I'm a former member of the Canadian Alliance Party of Canada
  • I'm a current member of the Conservative Party of Canada
I respect:
  • Any member of any legislature, regardless of their political stripe simply because it takes guts to stand up day-after-day and have not one single person say anything nice about you.
  • All opinions, when represented clearly as such. An opinion is not a fact, no matter how "self-evident" it is.
  • Politics that promote change, not politics that promote stagnancy. I'd rather see a government take a risk to make life better and fail, than to continue the policies of inaction, accomplish nothing, but be lauded for doing nothing to harm anything.
I hope you enjoy.