Friday, November 4, 2011

We Are Not The Federal Liberals (I Hope)

There are, I think, few Conservatives in Ontario who look at the federal Liberals and say, "We need to be like those guys." And yet.....when it comes to the topic of the PCPO, I just get the feeling that things aren't so clear cut.

The Federal Liberals, I am told, are extremely preoccupied with who leads them. His Eminence Crown Prince Justin Trudeau is looked upon by many as the saviour of the Liberal brand. Others venerate Chretien. A good number of Liberals don't care if their Uncle Fred is running the party, so long as it's not Bob Rae. Rather than try to build with the guy they have now, however temporarily he may be there, it's all about who is going to fix everything for everyone.

We look at that with a mixture of disgust and amusement....and then someone pipes up with, "Wow, wouldn't it just be *dreamy* if Mike Harris came back?" And then someone else pipes up with, "No way, John Tory should have gotten another chance!" And then....well, we know what happens then.

Additionally, it should be noted that everything for the federal Liberals lies with the leader. The leader is expected to unite Liberals from coast to coast and address all 86523 of their priorities while nimbly avoiding attacks from the other parties, getting the media to eat out of their hand, and proposing a perfect plan to deal with the economy and the provinces that leaves out nary a single detail and leaves nobody inconvenienced in any way. And if the leader doesn't do all of this, then he or she is the worst person ever, the party's ignoring its grassroots, the priorities are all wrong, and what were we thinking when we went with this person who couldn't lead a one-man band.

Of course the people doing this complaining know exactly what they'd do if they had the chance, but it's not like they would ever step up and mount an actual challenge to the leadership that lasted more than a day. Goodness, no. Running for the party executive? Please. Who has that kind of time?

Luckily, nobody in the PC Party of Ontario thinks that way. *cough cough*

You may also have heard that some federal Liberals think a merger with the NDP is a fantastical idea. The brand, they say, is dead, and it is time to form a totally new progressive party. Let the blue Liberals go to the Conservatives, we don't need them anyway. And all of that bad blood between them and the Dippers? Never you mind.

What a bunch of losers, say we. We'd never think of forming a new one where we drop the P from PC and boot the Red Tories, or drop the C from PC and boot the Blue Tories, or anything like that. That'd just be silly.

Yeah, I'm sure nobody would want the PC Party of Ontario to be like the broken federal Liberals.

So why do some Conservatives in Ontario act like federal Liberals?


  1. Touché! Guilty as charged. What to do?

    Conservatives need to quit looking for a messiah like Liberals do. Timmy Hudak is just fine. Besides we place too much emphasis on leadership when all we need is for the leader to do what we tell him.

    The problem is we don’t agree on what to tell Timmy. It’s a Catch 22. Therefore Timmy needs to tell us where he thinks he can lead us; some kind of prioritization of conservative hot buttons. He needs to pick 3 things like Reagan did and say that is what he will try to get done. Ditto Harper had 5 things way back when he first ran against Martin. Keep it simple because “Who has that kind of time?”

    Besides there is this : Did McGuinty ( and Hudak) miss the message? By Anne Jarvis, The Windsor Star October 24, 2011

    Unlike the politicians, the former governor of the Bank of Canada, David Dodge, was frank. The politicians' economic plans are impossible, and they're lying to the public, he told the media during the campaign. Economist Don Drummond, who chairs the government's task force reviewing public services, said pretty much the same thing: We're in a big hole. The deficit is $16 billion, which means we're spending a heck of a lot of money on interest, money that could be spent on health care, education, the environment or attracting investment and business.


  2. The problem is that those people who want to be like the Federal Liberals with one all-powerful head that fixes everything miss the point that Conservatives are the party of the antithesis to that - personal responsibility and the government NOT being the answer to every problem.

    Perhaps the PCPO needs to be reminded of that.