Open Letter to Andrew Scheer, Leader of the Conservative Party of Canada
August 23, 2018
Mr. Andrew Scheer:
You lost me (and my support) every bit as much as Maxime Bernier today gained my support. I, together with other CPC members, have attempted to communicate with you previously – but you have chosen to rebuff and ignore all of our attempts to hold a meaningful dialogue and conversation.
One of the signatories to a previous letter sent specifically to you earlier this year remarked how impressed and gratified he was when Prime Minister Stephen Harper responded to an email the very same day that it was sent. In the real world, Mr. Scheer, that is known as accountability and is an indication that PM Harper was fully aware that he was responsible to the very people who elected him – and who put our collective trust in him. You, by comparison, chose not to even acknowledge receipt of that letter and we have not heard back from you to this very day.
Today, you have deliberately chosen to alienate and reject a significant plurality of the Conservative Party of Canada membership, as embodied by a vocal spokesman, Maxime Bernier, who rightfully chose ‘Principle over Party’ and resigned from the CPC caucus. You see, Mr. Scheer, elected individuals with integrity acknowledge and respect that there is a ‘trust’ relationship between that elected individual and the voters who elected him or her.
You once had my personal support, and the support of thousands of other CPC members – but that support was conditional on you actually being a ‘conservative’. Like most cogent individuals with free will, I choose to support a value system and principles, far above a Hollywood style ‘fan’ loyalty to an individual. Demagoguery has never appealed to me and I will continue to vote my conscience – and my principles before I will support a party that chooses a lust for power over actionable, clear-cut decisive policies that are good for the welfare of my country, Canada.
I see that as the first responsibility of any individual who aspires to a position of trust and higher office. Abandoning the wishes of a plurality of a political party’s membership once elected is morally dishonest and I cannot support an individual or a political party who is deaf, dumb and blind to that concept.
Your rebuttal speech to Mr. Bernier after he made his announcement was vindictive and petty, not worthy of a statesman and certainly not worthy of an individual who aspires to become Prime Minister of our great nation. I am convinced Mr. Trudeau is a globalist and I am now skeptical that you are not also a man in his mold.
‘If you assert that you stand for everything, in reality you stand for nothing’. An appropriate paraphrasing.
I am somewhat reluctantly herewith resigning my membership in the Conservative Party of Canada, effective immediately. I will cautiously throw my support behind any version of a libertarian leaning, laissez faire, small government political entity that emerges from this fracturing of the conservative right in Canada.
You, Mr. Scheer, together with your out of touch advisors and mentors, chose to ignore current realities as evidenced in both the USA and in Ontario, as prime examples. Voters want a party, and a leader, to stand up for values that are intrinsic to the welfare of all, without divisive pandering to special interest groups. We vote with, and for, integrity. We also welcome a political voice that is unafraid to speak out – even when the Main Stream Media objects and vilifies.
I believe this is another nexus created by the need to fight a common foe – but principles cannot be abandoned in the process.
I am not a practicing religious person but there is a Biblical reference that seems particularly appropriate.
“For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?”.
You, Mr. Scheer, remind me, in many ways of a previous Prime Minister named Joe Clark who essentially rose to his position without a lot of real world experience. Like you, Mr. Clark was young, somewhat likeable – and woefully inexperienced, resulting in his brief tenure as Prime Minister in a minority government defeated by a Motion of Non-Confidence.
To paraphrase the very words that the Conservative Party of Canada used when referencing Justin Trudeau prior to the last general federal election, ‘He just isn’t ready.’ I reluctantly have come to that same conclusion concerning your political ambitions. You may someday turn into a great politician and statesman, but that is clearly on a distant horizon given your inability to keep the Conservative Party of Canada on course and intact.
You will learn, I trust, from this setback in your career and I sincerely hope that you learn from it and grow as an individual and as a politician. If you never learn that you have to put the interests of the majority of citizens above your own personal interests, then you are fundamentally unfit for higher office.
As an example, refusing to re-open the dialogue on Supply Management, when it is patently obvious that the system benefits a small special interest group and costs literally millions of punitive dollars to the Canadian consumer, is irresponsible and unsupportable – even if that lobby helped ‘get you over the top’ when you were elected leader. Why should the vote of a small number of special interests outweigh the vote of any other Canadian? In that vein, knowing that NAFTA negotiations with the US will ultimately cause considerable economic harm to Canada and Canadians (by way of punitive retaliation by the US) – if Supply Management is not brought to the table for discussion, is unconscionable and a dereliction of duty to anyone in a position of fiduciary trust.
I have met you personally and I was, up until today, a member of the Conservative Party of Canada, believing it to be the best, and only, option to defeating the inept and divisive Liberal Party of Canada that is being led by a self-professed ‘Post National’ leader.
After the events of today, and after your wholly inappropriate, self-serving remarks concerning the resignation of one of the only intelligent, articulate, passionate and yes, ‘conservative’ vocal members in your caucus, I choose to free myself from any affiliation with the Conservative Party of Canada – until such time as principled, honest conservative points of view are again accepted as a necessary and vital component in moving the Conservative Party again in a prudent, common sense, transparent manner – accountable to the wishes of the membership and a recognition of the need to maintain and improve the well-being of all Canadians.
I do not have any interest in belonging to a political party where the freedom of expression, the freedom of speech and the freedom to present divergent points of view based on reason and analytical evidence cannot even be entertained or discussed outside of caucus.
That is not democracy and I have no desire to compromise principles to accept less. I truly expected better from you and from the Conservative Party of Canada. Perhaps, in the future, when there is a recognition that the conservative voice within the CPC is valued and respected, a merger of the factions created today will again be discussed and implemented. Those who created the fracture will have to be purged, one way or another, in order for that to happen.
The Conservative Party of Canada was a credible, viable and electable force under Prime Minister Harper. Perhaps, someday it will be once again – but not until it matures and finds its way back to its political roots. Today, like many others, I am looking for new options. Today, I am setting up a new website ‘rightdecision.ca’ to explore those options.
Glen Walushka, ba, AICB