CFN – Randy Hillier’s fall as PC Labour Critic this week has highlighted the problem with Partisan politics. As some viewers of CFN may be aware I myself have elected to become Hyper Non Partisan. No more party allegiances or memberships.
In my political life I have been a Liberal and a Green, but after working for nearly five years now in the media I have become alienated from the Party system and seen upfront and personal how damaging it is to our world. For me I will vote issue by issue and candidate by candidate regardless of which party they are in.
Essentially right now if your party is in power you’re sorta fine as long as you don’t deviate from the party line. That truly defeats the purpose for many elected officials and puts their loyalty to party policy many times against that of the needs of their local constituents.
We in Ontario will be facing a Provincial election soon. There seems to be a magic storm of all three major party’s being distasteful to all but the most partisan of voters.
The ruling Liberals scandals beg for a turfing, especially after placing Kathleen Wynne in power which essentially embraces the status quo of the McGuinty government.
Tim Hudak is reviled by many in his own party at this point. His leadership numbers are not the things that inspire people to bet the farm on a win. His election record is not something to be built on. IF the PC’s somehow manages a minority win in the next election it would be most likely inspite of his leadership and the push back from the public to either the Liberals or the Liberal Lite (NDP).
Andrea Horwath has strategically done a good job of navigating the current political malaise in Ontario. She’s done most of the right things; but has she shown she has the stuff to be madame Premier? Only the voters can answer that question but so far she’s pretty much buffeted the Liberals and who can blame her at this point? She has not really stood out or built any political momentum.
As for Ms Wynne, her very brief honeymoon is over, if it ever existed, and the public has not warmed to her. There are no warm and fuzzies for our new Premier and so far she has done little to nothing to change the status quo or lead away from the scandals of Mr. McGuinty.
The question for you my dear viewers of CFN is whether it’s time for more Independents to run for office?
Here is Mr. Hillier’s statement after his ousting this week by Mr. Hudak.
It was with much disappointment that I was informed yesterday that I had been removed from my role as Ontario PC Labour Critic. It is a role that I have held since 2009 when Tim Hudak took over as Leader of our Party.
For years I have fought tirelessly against what I saw as wrongdoings and my constituents have always known that they could trust me to stand up for them regardless of the consequences.
Yesterday I was forced to face those consequences personally.
Three months ago I sent a private email to my Caucus colleagues sharing my concerns over a proposed piece of Legislation. Recently that correspondence was the basis of multiple news stories after it was leaked to the press.
In a call yesterday, Tim Hudak demanded that I both apologize for allegedly breaking Caucus confidentiality and to publicly retract the comments I had made in the aforementioned email.
I have never broken Caucus confidentiality and I have no doubt that any one of the reporters I spoke to regarding the recent news stories can corroborate just that.
I made it clear to Tim that under no circumstances would I retract the comments and concerns that I raised three months ago and that I still stand by to this day.
While I remain disappointed that this was the ultimatum I was forced to choose between, I would rather accept this demotion than sacrifice the integrity that my constituents have always expected from me.
Mr. Hillier, labelled a maverick by some, has been a strong community activist and advocate. He earned support in his local community. Has he really benefited as a politician and has his riding benefitted by him being a PC?
Would his impact and ability to accomplish things be that different if elected as an Independent rather than a member of a party caucus in a minority government that isn’t in control?
Probably not as he would not be shackled by party politics?
Maybe, just maybe, it’s time for a party of Independent candidates where they can work together on common ground while still not having to capitulate values for party rhetoric as I was as a Green candidate Federally when I stated that I supported the Death Penalty in certain situations.