As many regular CFN viewers know I am “Hyper Non Partisan” politically. I decided, after dealing with politicians here on CFN that I could no longer support Partisan Politics.
It made no sense from a personal view point. Yes, belonging to a group could be a good thing, but it also can be an utterly destructive and divisive too, especially in smaller communities like Cornwall.
It removes Common Ground in many instances and sometimes people would oppose things they honestly believed in because it was the other team that championed it.
A lot of time and energy goes into partisan jousting.
So I made the decision that moving forward I would support candidates and party’s one election at a time. One cause at a time.
That upset our very thin skinned local politicians to the point where all three parties actually boycott CFN in this region. No election ads either. No interviews, releases, or even actually doing their jobs. Our MPP and MP withhold services that any constituent should receive. They essentially kill any integrity they have personally and fail to do their jobs within their communities.
That’s their choice, and frankly if the public don’t hold them responsible in the end Karma sorts it all out.
Patrick Brown was an interesting change when he first started his assault to take over the PC party of Ontario.
I interviewed him before he became leader. In fact I showed support for him while the local riding association didn’t.
Oddly enough it was after a local meeting where the poison that is our local PC riding association crept in. The very things that Brown was campaigning against occurred.
Angry Old White Men, and South Stormont Deputy Mayor Tammy Hart started their whisper campaign, and things have not been the same with the PC leader and CFN since.
Now it’s a free world. Politicians make choices. They come and go. Remember Tim Hudak? Michael Ignatieff? Every local NDP candidate?
So now team Brown are sputtering on about being more inclusive, more open, moving forward, which makes a lot of sense as the status quo for the PC’s in Ontario has clearly failed.
They have not only not won, but honestly have snatched defeat out of the jaws of victory for at least a decade now.
Having not one, but two Liberal Premiers knee high in the brown stuff (pardon the pun) they couldn’t even get a minority win (is that a second pun?) and in fact coughed up a majority to a disastrous Wynne government last election.
So where does that leave them? On very shaky ground. Clearly many in Ontario want change, but do they really want the same old angry old white man rhetoric? Nope. That presents a challenge as the PC’s clearly haven’t been having an impact on policy or good government. Brown himself, a former MP, saw his Federal government crumble under the Liberal Justin Trudeau.
Can Patrick Brown counter the trend that has seen the Conservative brand wither across Canada with even Alberta forsaking the Blue?
It’ll take more than rhetoric to make that change, and that’s the cross road that Patrick Brown is on.
For me personally I’m saddened to have seen how he crumbled under what is one of the weakest ridings in the province, but I’m ever an optimist when it comes to politics.
You never know? Wynne herself has rumbled about having a Guaranteed Minimum Income for Ontario, and Free University, both causes I’ve always championed.
Could a voter like myself support a government or leader I clearly am not fond of for a single issue? I just might.
Whether Patrick Brown and the rest of the thin skinned ninnies that seek our support believe it or not, newspapers like CFN do influence public opinion. We ask questions. We host polls. Even people that don’t agree with some of our content still read it, talk about it, and share it on social media.
Will Mr. Brown have to jettison some long time politicos to move his party forward or can he break through and lead them? It should be an interesting ride to the next election.
As for me, my vote is up for grabs. It really is. I’m waiting to be impressed.
What about you dear CFN viewers? You can post your comments below.