In the latest post on his “Reflections of a candidate” blog, Michael Schmidt asks the question; “Progressive Conservative: a farce or a real mission”. Here’s an excerpt from that:
“To look at the current attitude of voters to any party- philosophy reminds me of theater at its best. The Purpose of Parties was originally used to pool similar ideas together and shape politics with a united vision, with a strong voice.
The current first past the post voting system creates major political shifts with just a few swing voters. It creates instability and real confusion about the legitimate voice of the voters.
Today politicians need artificial divisions through parties to create conflict to promote themselves which itself engages the voters and makes them feel involved. If you really look at the platforms of all major parties one wonders what the real differences are.
Sure we have the entire spectrum from left to right. but we have also politicians becoming green, red, blue, orange, the reason????whatever opportunity requires them to use a certain colour makes them change to serve the people or to stay in power,-take your pick.
Bruce Grey Owen Sound has a great tradition to vote for a person with a strong and distinguished voice. We all are proud when we are heard and when we rock the boat. That does not mean we got a lot back in return, I think we in fact got punished because Bill Murdoch was not very well liked because of the way he expressed himself at Queens Park….”
“…The nomination meeting will be a showcase of cheap politics with lots of noise, t-shirts, flags, and screaming supporters. What it should be is a gathering of sincere interested people to choose who is right for the future of all citizens and not for a limited partisan group.
We will see if true PROGRESSIVE CONSERVATISM will shine or cheap protective motives will dominate a fixed race…”