Sunday, August 03, 2008

A New Home

I have joined the Liberal Party. I've seen some other folks from other long standing political traditions do the same and not start melting.

Make no mistake about it, I still consider myself a progressive conservative and I know no political party is perfect.

I just believe that right now, I can maintain those political beliefs within the federal Liberal Party. On the more selfish side, I love working on campaigns -- I love door-knocking, I love talking strategy over polling maps, and I love talking politics with people I don't know (I'm sure they love that too :) ). Without a political party, it's hard to do those things. Plus, in my neck of the woods, it's Liberal vs. Conservative, so I have to put my energy where it's most useful.

Right now, I feel that home is now the Liberal Party. I'll reiterate some things I've said in the past.

The social libertarian in me demands the government respect and protect an individual's freedoms and our collective diversity. It's no good fighting to be kind of sort of free.

I cannot accept socially conservative legislative policy with an underlying disregard for diversity.

I cannot accept a government that has a systematic disdain for the public service, the Senate, the House of Commons, and the Supreme Court. I cannot accept a government that blames the civil service, the Opposition, or other agencies for misguided political decisions.

I cannot accept a government without a long range economic plan.

I cannot accept a government that denies climate change and refuses to take steps to clean up the environment.

I cannot accept a government unable to govern, but all too willing to try and rule.

But, that's just me.

It's the first time in nearly fifteen years that I've been a member of a different political party. I hope it lasts just as long or longer.

9 comments:

Scott Tribe said...

Welcome aboard!

I didn't melt either, tho in fairness.. I wasn't a member of a political party before I joined.

Skinny Dipper said...

I used to be a member of the federal Progressive Conservative party during the 1980s. When the new Conservative Party emerged from the merging of the old PC and Canadian Alliance parties, I knew that the party would take on a more socially conservative edge. I also knew that the cow-grazing grassroots politics would disappear. There is no role for the members of the Conservative Party other than to be one of Harper's sock puppet Borg entities. I choose not to be a member of Canada's Republican Guard.

Jim (Progressive Right) said...

Thanks, Scott.

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SD, wish I had opened my eyes sooner.

Jennifer Smith said...

Welcome, from a former NDP supporter (wow - this really IS a big tent! :)

Allow me to introduce you to my friend Garth Turner. It sounds like you two have a lot in common.

bruce said...

Well it's about time, I knew this day would come. Welcome to the other right.

I knew there was good reason why we're both huge Blues Brothers fans.

Jason Cherniak said...

We're glad to have you. I hope your next steps are to join Liblogs and get involved in your local riding.

A BCer in Toronto said...

Johnny Mac!

No, wait, I mean, Welcome!

RuralSandi said...

Welcome aboard. It takes a principled person to change course when they see things aren't quite like what they thought.

I've never been a conservative...but I didn't feel the same fear and frustration with the old Progressive Conservatives (prior to the Mulroney years that is) as I do with this new whatever it is. I wasn't afraid for my country when the "old" conservatives were in power as I am now.

They had a different political view, but it wasn't a view that would destroy Canada.

Jim (Progressive Right) said...

I appreciate the kind welcomes, everyone.