I just read an Star article called “What Stephen Harper and Rob Ford have in common”, written by Haroon Siddiqui. In his excellant article Siddiqui wrote of Joe Clark (Canada’s 16th Prime Minister), stating “Clark is no fan of Harper’s, having quit the Harper-led Conservative Party that emerged after the 2003 merger of the Progressive Conservatives and Reformers”. Siddiqui goes on to quote Joe Clark as having told him, “It’s not my party (the Conservative Party). I don’t have a party. I am an orphan.”
Being a man that has very long been opposed to the Party System and its inherent controls over elected representatives, I looked at Joe Clark with a jaundiced eye, he being a advocate and a leader of a political party. Since his departure from the Progressive Conservative Party, at the time of the emergence of the Conservative Party, I gained a great admiration of the man. Behind the cloak of a party leader was a Statesman, who was unafraid of a scrap over principle. In 2003 he warned Canadian not to trust Stephan Harper and also spoke of Harper having a secret agenda. The Senate Scandal has proven to show the tip on the iceberg, with a back drop of years of secret negotiations for trade deals with the EU and more despicably, with oppressive Communist China. As the scandal wears on we will see more MP’s jump ship and perhaps more backroom stories will be added to those given to us from Brent Rathgeber. Rathgeber was a former Consevative MP that left the Conservative Party so he could serve the interests of his constituents without the controlling influence of the Prime Minister’s Office.
And Joe, you were right about Harper, and the Country could have saved itself a lot of grief had they listened to your prophetic voice. I admire your stand against the Harper forces, knowing that time would vindicate your words.
So, now that you are an orphan to parties, as I am, perhaps you can add a word of caution to how our present parties are harmful to Canada’s democratic process. Perhaps you will consider the position that Canadians would be best to entirely shun the Party System, and you could suggest that Canadians should opt to vote for Independents, who would more likely directly serve the interests of the Constituents as opposed to a Party Leader with a party agenda rather than the good of the Nation.
We need Statesman or Stateswoman to lead us in a better way. Are you the man that will help Canadians take this next vital step?
- What Stephen Harper and Rob Ford have in common: Siddiqui (thestar.com)
- Harper has ignored Canadian ways while destroying our reputation (thestar.com)
- Duffy and Wallin in Deep Water (pushinback.wordpress.com)