By-Elections show 'new' Conservative Party unelectable, PC Party Leader says.
Monday, 11 December 2017 23:41

By-Elections show 'new' Conservative Party unelectable, PC Party Leader says.

For Immediate Release: December 11, 2017. 
Niagara Falls, Ont - “The big story tonight is coming out of the by-election in South Surrey-White Rock and it is the complete collapse, the failure at last, of ‘unite-the-right’ in Canada,” Progressive Canadian Party Leader, and former Progressive Conservative MP, Joe Hueglin said as Elections Canada reported key poll results in the British Columbia riding, long considered a safe seat for the ‘Harper’ Conservatives.

South Surrey-White Rock has been held by Progressive Conservatives, Reform, the Canadian Alliance, and the ‘Harper’ Conservatives since 1972, although electoral boundaries and the riding name have changed several times.  The riding was cited in ‘unite-the-right’ politics to justify the PC-CA merger schemed by Stephen Harper and Peter MacKay which had little affect other than to remove the Progressive Conservative party from the ballot, Tory loyalists in the Progressive Canadian Party insist.

The South Surrey-White Rock by-election was called when former Conservative Party star candidate Dianne Watts left the BC seat after near defeat in 2015 as ‘new’ Conservative support began to collapse and only two years as an MP to pursue a career in provincial politics.

“South Surrey-White Rock was one of the safest of safe seats in Canada.” Hueglin said, “That’s gone.”

”The meaning for national politics and the future of the ‘new' Conservative Party is in the poll results,” Hueglin said.  “The message in all four by-elections to former Tories is that ‘unite-the-right’ is unelectable.  It’s time to move on.”

“Our Progressive Canadian candidate in South Surrey-White Rock, Michael Huenefeld, campaigned bravely despite an absence of media coverage frustrating voter choice, earning few votes but Tory voices persist.  Sir John A.’s “progressive Conservative” principles are electable, Harper’s neoconservative politics are not.  It’s time to rebuild the Tory party of Confederation.  It’s Canada 150,” Mr. Hueglin added.

The Progressive Canadian Party was founded as a continuation of the policy, principles and political outlook of the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada.  The PC Party was founded by Progressive Conservatives who found the ‘new’ Conservative Party unsupportable and believed the merger with the Canadian Alliance would soon become unelectable, an ideological movement rather than a party open to all Canadians and to Progressive Conservatives. 

“We offer leadership and renewed direction by example,” in the view of Brian Marlatt, current South Surrey-White Rock PC Party campaign chair and four time candidate in the riding.  

“Our Leader until recently was the late Hon. Sinclair Stevens, who served in the Mulroney and Clark cabinets. Our candidates have included former Tory Science Minister, the Hon. Heward Graffety. Our current Leader is former Tory MP Joe Hueglin.  The ‘new’ Conservatives are led by Andrew Scheer from the Canadian Alliance and ran a former Canadian Alliance candidate in South Surrey-White Rock, losing the riding.  Canadians can see who is Tory and what is electable in the future, and it isn’t the Canadian Alliance and Reform party politics,” Marlatt concluded.

For more information and to arrange an interview contact:

Joe Hueglin,
Leader PC Party
Twitter: @PCParty1867 
Progressive Canadian Party during South Surrey-White RockBy-Election urges Trudeau Liberals to live up to Health Care promises.
Monday, 04 December 2017 15:09
Progressive Canadian Party / Parti Progressiste Canadien
South Surrey - White Rock

Progressive Canadian Party during South Surrey-White Rock
By-Election urges Trudeau Liberals to live up to Health Care promises.

For Immediate Release:

Niagara Falls and South Surrey-White Rock, BC, December 4, 2017.  Progressive Canadian Party Leader Joe Hueglin today stated that the PC Party continues to see universal public health care in Canada as the “Canadian Advantage,” when measured by both social and economic metrics.  “Our party is committed to finding means to reduce wait times, to discuss proposals for a national pharmacare programme which today we see as aspirational,” and renewed his party’s long-standing commitment to achieve the goals of the ‘Medicare for Autism NOW!’campaign.”

Michael Huenefeld is the Progressive Canadian candidate in the South Surrey-White Rock by-election, December 11, 2017.

“Progressive Canadians fully support the Canada Health Act and its principles of single-payer publicly funded and administered, comprehensive health care that is available to all Canadians equally wherever they live in Canada,” Mr. Hueglin said.  “The social benefit to Canadians of all ages and circumstance is self-evident.  What is less appreciated is that freedom from fear of economic ruin caused by chronic or catastrophic medical need and the availability of a healthy workforce to business unburdened by the additional costs of private primary health care plans is a significant Canadian Advantage to the economy.”

“But we have more to do,” he added.

“Wait times for urgent care and emergency medically necessary procedures should be first class.   Wait times for elective surgery, specialist access, and non-emergency services are ranked by some  critics as second to middle tier.”

Progressive Canadians see renewed commitment to funding health care and to goal oriented health care delivery as needed.   “Both Liberals and ‘new’ Conservatives have effectively defunded health care by reducing the rate of federal funding increases per annum from six per cent to three per cent,” Hueglin said.  “Rates of increase need to be restored to levels in pace with rates of inflation and the new costs of new technology and the average age of user increases.”

“More innovation is needed,” Huenefeld’s campaign replied last week to the White Rock chapter of the seniors advocacy group CARP.  “To achieve this, the PC Party will call for organizational re-evaluation beginning with first principles provided by the Canada Health Act and...a mission statement developed from first principles so that the provinces, as administrators of health care, can better achieve their goals...innovation requires clear goals.”

Pointing to the economies of scale and better results expected when negotiating with large pharmaceutical companies in a national approach, Hueglin speaking for the PC Party, expressed willingness to work with the provinces to achieve patient-centred outcomes in a national pharmacare programme.  “As with the Canada Health Act, building bridges is better than building walls.  Aspirational change is unrealized benefit.  By moving forward in a progressive-conservative way, balancing progressive social policy with fiscal responsibility, incrementally to the possible, sustainable benefit can be achieved. Jurisdictional obstacles can be overcome.”

“We understand that some have reservations about the cost of service delivery in areas of jurisdictional challenges with the provinces but challenges are what people of good will seek to overcome for the common good.  The parliamentary budget officer has recently indicated that 4.2 billion dollars a year could be saved by working with the provinces to establish a national pharmacare plan.”

On the question of ABA/IBI analysis and treatment for children and families affected by autism, Hueglin was pleased to add that “Our campaign in 2008, in South Surrey-White Rock-Cloverdale as it then was, led to the Progressive Canadian party being the first national party to endorse the non-partisan Medicare for Autism NOW! campaign, with the leadership of the late Hon. Sinclair Stevens, P.C., Q.C.. We hope and trust that the present Liberal government will take our example and build upon a similar initiative of South Surrey-White Rock Liberals to follow the Progressive Canadian initiative.  Canadian families deserve it.”


For more information and to arrange an interview contact:

Joe Hueglin, Leader Progressive Canadian Party,
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Brian Marlatt
Campaign Manager for Michael Huenefeld, PC Party candidate, South Surrey-White Rock

National pharmacare could save $4.2 billion annually, budget officer says. National Post, September 28, 2017.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 January 2018 08:12
Michael Huenefeld is the Progressive Canadian Party / Parti Progressiste Canadien South Surrey - White Rock By-Election candidate, 2017
Wednesday, 15 November 2017 18:09
Michael Huenefeld  is the Progressive Canadian Party / Parti Progressiste Canadien South Surrey - White Rock By-Election candidate, 2017

For Immediate Release,

November 15, 2017, South Surrey-White Rock.   The Progressive Canadian Party in South Surrey-White Rock and Interim Leader, former Progressive Conservative MP for Niagara Falls, Joe Hueglin are pleased to announce that the PC Party candidate in the 2017 South Surrey-White Rock By-Election is Michael Huenefeld,

Elections Canada confirmation will follow review of all required nomination papers.

The South Surrey-White Rock By-Election was called following the resignation of former MP Dianne Watts from the Parliament of Canada after only two years in national politics (2015-2017)  to pursue career ambitions toward the leadership of a provincial party, the BC Liberals.  Ms Watts is a former Surrey mayor.

Michael Huenefeld is the 2011 Progressive Canadian candidate-of-record in Vancouver Centre.  He was a long-time political activist and organizer with the Progressive Conservative Party. He is currently a member of the Progressive Canadian Party National Council.   His political philosophy is moderate/classical conservatism in the  tradition of the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada.

Michael Huenefeld earned a BA (Honours) in Political Science with International Relations from the University of British Columbia in 1998. He went on to earn a Master of Arts in Political Science from Simon Fraser University in 2000. In 2004 he completed an MBA in Global Asset & Wealth Management at Simon Fraser University. Mr. Huenefeld is fluent in  English, French and Spanish, and is familiar with Japanese and Tagalog.  He has presented public lectures on French history to the Alliance Française de Vancouver.

Michael Huenefeld is presently a business instructor at Columbia College and SFU and has taught previously at Ashton College.  In his professional life, Michael is a former Operations Manager at Vancouver Community College, Policy Writer at Scotia Bank, Research Officer at the Legislative Assembly of BC, and interned with the BC Securities Commission and Asia-Pacific Foundation of Canada.  Michael Huenefeld was previously also a Policy Analyst in the Office of the Chief Judge in the Provincial Court of B.C..

Michael’s campaign focus will include transportation, infrastructure modernization, and environmental concerns current in South Surrey-White Rock dialogue, and continuing PC Party commitment to the riding’s and Canada’s Autism community.

Michael’s broader policy concerns include:
A. Strong defence policy and support for veterans.
B. Canada's support for multilateral international institutions.
C. Arts and Culture.
D. Public health care system.
E. Recognition and support for victims of crime.
F. Fiscal discipline and economic policies that encourage international trade and technological innovation.
G. Moderate progressive conservatism

PC Party 2015 candidate-of-record in South Surrey-White, Brian Marlatt, who represented the PC Party as well in the 2011, 2008, and 2006 elections endorsed Michael's candidacy and will serve as Mr. Huenefeld's  By-Election Campaign Manager.
For More Information Contact:
Brian Marlatt, Campaign Manger, PC Party Campaign
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Joe Hueglin, Interim Leader, Progressive Canadian Party.
Ph: 905-356-3901

Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 January 2018 08:17
Sir John A's "progressive Conservative" advice to new CPC Leader
Tuesday, 30 May 2017 14:51
Sir John A.'s "progressive Conservative" advice to new CPC Leader
The Progressive Canadian Party

For Immediate Release – May 30, 2017

Niagara Falls, ON -
Progressive Conservative MP in the 29th Parliament Joe Hueglin and, since the passing of the Hon. Sinclair Stevens, Leader of the Progressive Canadian Party, offers congratulations and advice to Andrew Scheer on his becoming the new leader of the CPC.

Mr. Hueglin outlined the challenge for Mr. Scheer.  "Unite the Right" in December, 2003 was a clear failure. Conservatism is more dynamic and progressive, balancing continuity and change, than any ideological party could ever be.  After a decade and a half, it is clear that ˜Unite the Right" was about the exclusion of Progressive Conservatives and stealing Tory branding. "The challenge", Hueglin continued, "for any party calling itself "Tory" in Canada is not only to embrace "every person desirous of being called a progressive Conservative" as Sir John A. Macdonald described the Tory party in an 1854 letter (see attached), but also to embrace 21st century realities which resist dogma and ideology written in stone."

"We welcome Andrew Scheer as the new Leader of Her Majesty's Official Opposition and hope that he will be forward-thinking enough to join with Progressive Canadians who continue the principles of the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada in building an ever stronger future for Canada," Mr. Hueglin continued.

Speaking as the PC Party candidate-of-record for South Surrey-White Rock riding in B.C., Brian Marlatt stressed that, "Tory Democracy and Tory Principles, from Edmund Burke in the 18th century through Benjamin Disraeli at the time of Confederation and as Sir John A. Macdonald knew them, are today those embraced by the continuing true Tory party. And they are: strengthening our institutions as the means to balance continuity and change and maintaining both progressive social policy and fiscal responsibility in the service of all Canadians … not just of a privileged few or of populist movements pretending to be democracy.".

"Progressive Canadians are "progressive-Conservatives" who have always been about nation-building. We hope and trust that Andrew Scheer will direct his party according to these genuine Tory and conservative principles." Mr. Hueglin concluded.
For more information contact:
Joe Hueglin,
Leader, Progressive Canadian Party
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Brian Marlatt
Candidate-of-Record, South Surrey-White Rock
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Al Gullon
Chief Agent, PC Party
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