(I can’t flippin’ believe Tom Long is still allowed on P.C. property. Eves. Tory. Now Hudak. How many chances does this guy get to screw things up?)
August 16, 2013
Mr. Randy Hiller, M.P.P.
Room 207, North Wing
Main Legislative Building
Dear Mr. Hiller:
To put it succinctly, as a former P.C. Ontario party member, I’m asking you to take the bull by the horns and put an end to this nonsense.
I voted for my local P.C. candidate in whatever part of the province I happened to reside from 1990 through 2011. When I lived in Orangeville, I voted for Ernie Eves and John Tory. In the 2011 election, I decided I had enough. I voted for a young man running under the Libertarian banner here in Niagara Falls.
If your party ever wishes to have my vote again, it will field an acceptable leader and an acceptable local candidate. Last election, it did neither. By acceptable local candidate, I would exclude anybody who is a lawyer or an accountant. And by acceptable leader, I mean you.
Tim Hudak has proved himself to be even more incompetent than John Tory. And after the 2007 election, I wouldn’t have thought it possible. Hudak managed to lose to a known pathological liar. The people of Ontario cannot afford another four years of the Liberal Party. Premiers Wynne and McGuinty make Bob Rae look like Mike Harris in comparison.
According to Elections Ontario, voter turnout in 1995 was 63% and dropped to 58% in 1999. It has continued to drop through the 2003 and 2007 elections. In 2011, it was a whopping 48%. It is not unreasonable to suggest that conservative voters stayed home rather than hold their noses and vote for a party led by Eves, Tory and Hudak. Had my choices only been P.C., Liberal or N.D.P. in the last election, I would have stayed home as well. Unfortunately, most people have become convinced that if they vote for a “fringe” party, they are throwing their vote away.
There has to be an intervention with Tim Hudak as well as Tom Long, Leslie Noble and whoever else is in his entourage (it wouldn’t surprise me to find Jamie Watt hanging on as well). It has to be made clear to Hudak he won’t be around to lead the next election. And his hangers-on have to understand they’ve had a good run since the Harris days, but it’s time for them to go as well.
This has nothing to do with rules or procedures. The party made a mistake and it must correct it as soon as possible. In 1983, Joe Clark realized that, even though he won a clear majority of his leadership review, he could not win the next election. Not that I’m suggesting that Brian Mulroney was a particularly good choice, either. But Mulroney did deliver a crushing landslide in 1984.
Mr. Hiller, you have considerable street cred amongst libertarian conservatives such as myself. I was impressed with your grand jury legislation. My only criticism is that it doesn’t go far enough. Should you ever be premier, or at least in a position of power, returning a citizen grand jury (one that is free from interference from politicians, judges and prosecutors) would be a major blow for freedom for Ontarians.
I hope the London convention will change the name of the party to the Conservative Party. Of course, I also hope the new Conservative Party actually governs under conservative principles which, unfortunately, are absent from the federal party.
Should you find yourself in a leadership position in the P.C. Party, I would be delighted to purchase a new membership. However, if my alternative is joining other conservatives and withholding my support, I am willing to sacrifice yet another Liberal term if that is what it takes to rebuild this party.
I wish you every success.