Hmmm … (2)

I see an article in the Toronto Star, coauthored by Zanana Akande, a former NDP member of the Ontario Legislature, Hugh Segal, a former Progressive Conservative strategist and Senator, and Greg Sorbara, a former Liberal member of the Ontario Legislature and a minister in the cabinets of David Peterson and Dalton McGuinty …

… in which they explain that “Each of us has participated in the Canadian political arena in various ways. We have done so as partisans — committed to and working with our respective political parties. We believe strongly in the party structure of our political system and would never take steps that would undermine its operations. Nor would we do anything to betray our political allegiances …[but they add] … That said, there are rare occasions that should supersede partisanship, where it’s appropriate to step out of the armour of our individual party loyalties to contribute to an important collective mission.”

They believe that the upcoming by-election in Toronto Centre is just such an occasion. The NDP has nominated Brian Chang and the Conservatives have selected Benjamin Sharma, but the riding is, generally, considered to be a fairly safe Liberal seat and their candidate is journalist Marci Ien. The reason that Ms Akande and Messers Segal and Sorbara think things are different is that newly elected Green Party leader Annamie Paul is also running there …

… and the three political pros say that “this remarkably accomplished candidate is an outstanding new presence on the landscape of Canadian politics. Importantly, as the leader of an emerging and legitimate national political party, we believe she should hold a seat in the House of Commons as soon as possible. We believe that to be true despite our commitments to our respective parties.” I think it is important to note that they call the Greens an “emerging” political party. In my opinion the Greens remain a fringe movement in Canada ~ I blame Elizabeth May for that; the Greens are legitimate parties in Europe, but they have adult leadership there.

The authors explain that in the “old days” Ms Paul’s initial election to parliament would have been almost guaranteed; the other parties would have allowed her to run unopposed on her first try. But those days are gone and despite the “hope” that Ms Akande and Messers Segal and Sorbara share that “Liberals, Conservatives and NDP voters [will] consider joining in with unaffiliated voters in Toronto Centre to elect Paul on Oct. 26 … [because her election would be] … both good for their riding and good for political discourse in Canada,” I expect the Liberals, especially, to campaign hard for Ms Ien because Justin Trudeau appears, to me, to be in deep political (and potentially legal?) trouble, and he needs a good storyteller on his political team to help try to change the channel.

Published by Ted Campbell

Old, retired Canadian soldier, Conservative ~ socially moderate, but a fiscal hawk. A husband, father and grandfather. Published material is posted under the "Fair Dealing" provisions (§29) of the Copyright Act for the purposes of research, private study and education.

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  1. Sorry, don’t buy it. Just because a party picks someone to be a leader through whatever mechanisms they choose does not give them a right to represent Canadians in parliament through acclamation. That has to be earned on the hustings. If Ms. Paul isn’t good enough to secure the plurality of votes in the riding she chooses to run in, then the party should have thought twice about nominating someone who wasn’t a member of parliament.

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