A few months ago we were astonished to see an ex-Liberal grab the Progressive Conservative nomination in Grey Bruce, ahead of popular favourite Michael Schmidt. Of course we all knew that Bruce Power was the 800 lb gorilla in the room, pulling strings to make that happen.
But now we see the pattern repeated as long-time Liberal Rocco Rossi has declared his intention to run for the PC party in the traditional Liberal stronghold of Toronto, raising the ire of many of his Liberal ex-friends in the process.
It will certainly be an interesting election come the fall, but floor crossings like these will only persuade more and more voters that there’s really not much to choose from between the two major parties. Continue reading
From the “Balance your apple” blog:
Farmer Michael Schmidt. Photo of image from Owen Sound Sun Times newspaper
“I have to say that this is the best political speech I have heard in years. I implore all of you to read it. Our small farms are having a hard time surviving as we import most of our fruits, vegetables and a lot of our meat from other countries.
If I lived in Bruce County I would vote for this man who speaks his mind and isn’t afraid to tell the truth. As I talk to farmers and research the future of our agricultural business, I become more and more aware that agribusiness and government double talk are conspiring to destroy our right to real foods. Foods grown without the billions of dollars of pesticides, herbicides and medications used in conventional farming. Foods that humans for thousands of years have eaten. Continue reading
The Globe and Mail seems to think so:
MPP Randy Hillier (on Michael Schmidt's right hand side) and other landowners came out to the Newmarket courthouse in February of 2009 to show their support for Michael Schmidt in his court battle for legal raw milk. And that's Jack MacLaren immediately to the left of Michael Schmidt
“Randy Hillier has a way of complicating Tim Hudak’s plans.
Around this time last year, the member of provincial parliament for Lanark, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington joined his colleague Bill Murdoch in refusing to leave the Ontario Legislature, both men making a noisy spectacle of themselves in protest of the new harmonized sales tax. It was a stunt orchestrated by Mr. Hudak, the new Opposition Leader, seeking to energize his Progressive Conservatives. But Mr. Hillier was never supposed to be part of it; when he joined in, party brass were as surprised as anyone else. Continue reading
Michael Schmidt reports on the outcome of last night’s nomination meeting for the Grey Bruce Owen Sound riding of the Progressive Conservatives:
Bill Walker, the liberal from Bruce Power won the Conservative nomination.
“There is a lot to be said about the way we nominate people into positions to run for a party.
I have reflected many times about vote-buying in previous posts and experienced it myself several times first hand. It became so clear in lasts nights display of lack of true leadership.
As I wrote before, looking at the concept of party loyalty Mark Wunderlich should have been the man to be chosen. He got badly shafted for someone who was not a conservative and still is a liberal when you listen to his speech and concepts.
The question of political skills, charisma, and visionary leadership, had no room and value for many of the people in attendance .
The danger of this situation is the credibility and integrity of the whole party. I have no answers for that dilemma. Continue reading
Reprinted from Michael Schmidt’s “Reflections of a Candidate” blog. Send Michael your best wishes for a favourable outcome at the nomination meeting.
Raw milk farmer and political candidate Michael Schmidt -- outstanding in his many fields!
It is indeed an honor to be up here and speak to the festive occasion or confusion of this democratic process to nominate the next Progressive Conservative Candidate to replace Bill Murdock. Continue reading
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:
Michael Schmidt's campaign postcard to attract support for his candidacy for the PC nomination.
“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. Continue reading
Being a compendium of news and information from the Michael Schmidt campaign so far:
Michael Schmidt (right) with retiring Progressive Conservative incumbent Bill Murdoch, on the occasion of Michael interviewing Bill for a local radio program early in the campaign.
In case you’ve been living under a log these past few weeks, you may have missed the news that crusading raw milk advocate and career farmer Michael Schmidt is seeking the nomination to become the provincial Progressive Conservative candidate for the riding of Bruce Grey Owen Sound. Continue reading