NEXT DOOR in Alberta over the weekend, members of the Progressive Conservative Party — and the Wildrose Party — both agreed to a merger.
And how was that hailed by the mainstream media, including CTV? Their focus was on the paltry number (five per cent) of Progressive Conservatives who were ‘lamenting the death of Alberta’s historic PC party’.
The former President of the party, Katherine O’Neill, spoke of a lot of grieving going on … and that a lot of people were heartbroken. It should, however, be noted that O’Neill left the party after Jason Kenney’s victory as party leader. From what I have read, I take that to mean that she was far more progressive (left-leaning?) than she was conservative.
And therein, lies the rub, as it were, with attaching the word progressive, to the word conservative. Personally I find it more of a correct descriptive to call the majority of today’s conservatives to instead be … ‘conservative with a social conscience.‘
What does that mean? Well most would agree that Conservatism would relate to:
… disposed to preserve existing conditions … cautiously moderate … traditional in style or manner.
And “Social Conscience,” according to the dictionary.com means:
… an attitude of sensitivity toward and sense of responsibility regarding injustice and problems in society.
Now before I go any further, let me state that MY description of being Conservative WITH a Social Conscience has been lambasted by others who would call themselves simply conservative. They would disagree with me stating that I can be a conservative with a social conscience, as much as I do in attaching Progressive to the world Conservative.
As I am the one writing this piece, however, I have the prerogative to say they are wrong. That said, they are certainly welcome to disagree with me.
But back to Alberta, and the vote to merge the Progressive Conservative and Wildrose parties. To those opposed, I say:
Good grief; get over it! I for one look forward to hearing the good news of the NDP being kicked out of government in Alberta!
And for CTV News, … why all the focus on a few whiners, who by the sound of it should be NDP or Liberal supporters anyway. As the vote showed, they accounted for a paltry five per cent of those voting. NINETY FIVE PERCENT SAID YES to merging the two parties!
All I can say is I wish that we in B.C. had a viable Conservative party which could give GreeNDP government the heave ho, and unseat the BC Liberals as the choice/ option, only be default, for conservative-minded voters.
The BC Conservative Party will be holding their Annual General Meeting, this year, in Langley on Saturday, Sept. 30. You can find out more, if you are interested, by going to their EVENTS page
Party Vice-President Ryan Warawa (son of Langley – Aldergrove Conservative MP Mark Warawa) is encouraging people to … Help shape the future of British Columbia!
He further mentioned that members and guests will have a chance to, “Join us for a review of 2016-2017, have your say on proposed constitutional and by-law changes, listen to guest speakers, and elect your new Board of Directors.”
Call me a fool — call me crazy — however, I still have hopes they can get their sh-t together to become a viable option next election, and perhaps become the governing party in the election cycle that would follow.
In Kamloops, I’m Alan Forseth. The floor’s yours now, let’s hear from you.
Alan Forseth is a Kamloops resident and former member of the Reform Party of Canada, the B.C. Reform Party and the B.C. Conservative Party. His blog is My Thoughts on Politics and More.