Michael Schmidt has just sent out an email suggesting that his supporters join the Conservative Party so they can support Randy Hillier’s leadership bid:
Hello Friends and Cow Share owners.MPP Randy Hillier is Running for the Ontario Leadership of the Conservative Party. He is currently representing the riding of Lanark-Frontenac-Lennox and additionally holds a seat at Queens Park. This is the same man that fought for years without pay or recognition to bring rights of rural Canadians to light to reveal the unjust acts of governing bureaucratic officiers throughout his lead of the Landowner organization. He is now working to improve Canada and Ontario from within the government itself.
NO MATTER WHAT PARTY YOU NORMALLY SUPPORT….If you would like to help Randy move forward and have the opportunity to run in the next election for Ontario Leader please join the membership and place your vote to get his name on the ballot. You first need to join the PC party for $10 BEFORE May 14, 2009. Go to www.randyhillier.com and click on ‘JOIN NOW’…Fill out the form and pay online. Thats it until June when we can vote for him..but you have to be a member first.
I am not usually one to join groups or organizations but I feel that our governments have been running so unorganized and disruptive to many peoples lives, that I feel that we have to take a stand to create change and support those that are willing to fight for that change on our behalf.
If you want to know more about Randy please go to his website and read about him or ask me directly. I have known Randy for many years now he is an honest hardworking man with dignity and good moral judgement. Those are qualities that government members from all parties are considerably lacking. If you have any questions about Randy or joining the PC Party please feel free just ask. Again this does not mean that you have to be conservative I realize many of you aren’t. Randy has supported our RAW MILK battle from day one. You may remember when he came to Queens Park in December 2006 to speak at our Raw Milk rally. He was also the only politician who had the guts to publicly condemn the 55 000.- Dollar fine of the contempt of court ruling.
If we all sign up, then we can be part of changing politics from within.
Randy has been so fundamental in raising the awarness of the lack of fundamental justice in this country.
Yes we can make a difference. Sign up and then vote for Randy.
Change is possible.
Editor’s note: Randy’s run for the leadership reminds me of David Orchard’s work with both the federal Liberal and Conservative parties in recent years. David is an organic farmer from northern Saskatchewan whose support and supporters were instrumental in helping elect Stephane Dion as Liberal leader. Some years earlier, David was a leadership candidate for the federal Progressive Conservatives. When it became clear he would not be elected leader, David threw his support behind Peter McKay, with a written agreement from Peter that he would not merge the party with the Reform party . After winning the leadership with David Orchard’s help, Peter McKay did merge with Reform, and excluded David from membership in the newly formed Conservative party.
Here was a guy who devoted himself to working within the mainstream channels of both major political parties in an effort to effect change in the Canadian political process. He even ran in a subsequent byelection in his own riding, on Stephane Dion’s suggestion, only to have his candidacy nullified midway through the campaign when the higher-ups parachuted in a handpicked candidate — who was originally from another party no less. One might be forgiven for thinking that someone up there in the behind-the-scenes power elites either did not like David Orchard, or did not like what he stood for. As it happened, the Liberals lost that byelection.
It will be interesting to see how Randy’s run for the leadership plays out. My perception is that there are not a lot of other compelling candidates in the field. Maybe he’ll be able to achieve what Ron Paul couldn’t quite manage — return the party to its root values, address fundamental issues no one else was willing to talk about, and generate enough enthusiasm among delegates to win the leadership. Wouldn’t that be fun!