I said, about six moths ago, that “First, let me say that I respect Derek Sloan and while I neither share nor accept his views on too many issues I know that he speaks for a large constituency of good, honest decent people. But I could not give him even a fourth-place vote because that would indicate that I found some potential value in him as a party leader. I do not. I expect that Mr Sloan will finish a distant fourth but I also expect him to get a lot of media attention as many journalists try to paint the entire Conservative Party with his socially conservative brush.” Well, what the media thinks isn’t that important, a fellow named Paul Fromm, a well known white supremacist, painted Mr Sloan, and by extension the Conservative Party, with the broad brush of racist, neo-Nazi filth.
Erin O’Toole has begun the process of expelling Mr Sloan from the Conservative caucus ~ unlike Prime Minister Trudeau, a Conservative leader cannot expel MPs just because he doesn’t like what someone says. There is a process which he must follow. Mr Sloan says he will not go down without a fight.
I trust he will be given an opportunity to say to Mr O’Toole and to the Conservative Party and, indeed, to the country: “Look, this was totally unknown to me, the guy sent a cheque, none of my volunteers ~ none of the volunteers in the CPC HQ ~ knew who he was. I have never met this guy and I totally abhor everything he stands for but I’m being punished for a simple, honest, mistake, for something that could hav happened in any campaign.” I hope he gets a chance, very soon, even today, to make that case and that he also gets a sympathetic hearing from his colleagues. But then I really hope that he says: “I know the damage this has done to our Party and, for that reason, I wish to resign from caucus and to resign as the Conservative candidate in Hastings – Lennox and Addington. I intend to run again, in Hastings – Lennox and Addington, but as an independent. I wish you all the best in the future.“
I do NOT believe that Mr Sloan is a neo-Nazi, a white supremacist or a racist. But I suspect that some of his friends and campaign workers and followers are. I think that Paul Fromm thought that that his donation might buy him a soupçon of influence with Mr Sloan and some sort of an entrée in the Conservative Party. I suspect that ~ attempted subversion by dangerous extremists ~ is a danger that faces many decent, honest social conservatives. Being opposed to abortion or being, for example, anti-immigration does not make one a bad person, but it does increase one’s chances of rubbing shoulders with some really, dreadfully bad people. I think ~ I hope ~ that’s what happened to Mr Sloan.
But, if Derek Sloan is really a Conservative, as he claims, then he must put duty ahead of advantage. The right thing to do ~ for his own good name and for the sake of the party he sought to lead ~ is to resign, forthwith. Today would not be too soon.