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.