I took this off Dean Shoreyko’s Twitter feed:
(You can find Dean’s blog at: BC Blue; it’s well worth a read.)
I agree with the premise that we need “moral clarity,” but I’m less sure if we can agree on what that might be. In terms of political principles, for example, J.J. McCullough says, “Suspicion of immigration, Islam, and multiculturalism runs deep in Canadian society,” and I agree it does, but our “suspicions” don’t mean that immigration is a bad thing ~ in fact I would argue that we need more, albeit better focused, immigration. Nor do our suspicions mean that Islam, per se, is any sort of problem ~ in fact, again, I would argue that some small radical, fundamentalist, jihadist groups are dangerous and need to be defeated and exterminated, Islam, itself, is just another religion, not substantially worse than all the others. I have said that I, personally, agree with Bundeskanzlerin Angela MerkelI, multiculturalism is a lie. That doesn’t mean we should ban all of our ethnic folk festivals and celebrations …
… but it does mean we should enunciate and insist upon respect for the values of our civil society. Canadians can be “suspicious” but that doesn’t mean that Conservative principles need to include pandering to their suspicions.
I have said, several times in this blog, that I want our Conservative Party to:
- be morally moderate;
- have a principled foreign policy;
- be fiscally prudent; and
- appeal to the conservative urges and values of small town and suburban voters ~ often “new Canadians.”
I have also said that I want us to put principle ahead of pandering … I want us to seek counsel in “our better angels” (that’s Dickens, not Lincoln, by the way) rather than in the polls. If Canadians are suspicious of e.g. immigration then we need to explain why immigration is good for us and we need to enunciate a good, clear, obviously beneficial and morally sound immigration policy. On the other hand we should stand up against the multiculturalism lie and explain to Canadians that we are for the fundamental rights to:
- life, liberty and property ~ as defined by John Locke in 17th century England; and
- privacy ~ as defined by Brandeis and Warren in 19th century America.
We must stand up for our constitutional values: a freely elected parliament that makes fair and just laws for all; independent courts that interpret those laws; and an executive that is accountable, constantly, to parliament.
Those are the morally clear positions in which I believe and for which I want the Conservative Party to stand.