Open Letter to Friends and Progressive Conservatives from the PC Party and the Hon. Sinclair Stevens, Leader, Progressive Canadian party.
Dear Friends and Progressive Conservatives,
The election result on October 19, 2015 is reason for members of the new Conservative Party of Canada to think deeply on the future of their party and on whether it really has a place in Canadian political life.
What is clear is that the party formed by the "merger" of the Canadian Alliance and the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada has been rejected by Canadians who now recognize the result of the merger was not the renewed Progressive Conservative party Tory voters have thought they were voting for in elections since 2003.
New Conservative Party policy, politics, outlook and direction and political culture have been imported from the Canadian Alliance and its predecessor the Reform Party. Progressive Conservative policy, politics, outlook and direction and political culture have been pushed aside and ignored.
Some former Canadian Alliance members are publicly revisiting Preston Manning's infamous "The West wants in" diatribe by claiming "The West wants out." They echo Stephen Harper's firewall federalism, showing their contempt for democracy and insulting all Canadians in all parts of Canada, North, South, East, and West. The party Stephen Harper founded is not about Tory and conservative principle.
Integrity, parliament, and Canada matter: that is the message of the 2015 election. The party led by Stephen Harper, and previously by Stockwell Day and Preston Manning under other names, fails on all three counts. They framed the ballot question in the 2015 election. Canadians voted to replace the party, leader, and government in power since January 23, 2006.
Progressive Conservatives remaining in the new Conservative Party are justified in feeling betrayed by the policy and leadership of the Harper party. It is time to either bring that party to an end or to create a renewed Progressive Conservative Party of Canada from the ashes of crushing defeat and rejection by Canadian voters.
Those of us who share the "progressive Conservative" vision of the Tory party Sir John A. Macdonald first spoke of in 1854 have reason to take heart in the decision of Canadians on October 19, 2015. The national vision of the party of Confederation, of nation-building, and of Sir John A.'s National Dream of One Dominion from Sea to Sea is endorsed by Canadians who see the divisive politics of the last ten years put to rest.
Canadians have moved on. It is time for what was purposely called briefly the "Conservative Party" to do so as well.
It is time for Progressive Conservatives to come together to restore the vision to the party which first built a strong, united Canada to take heart in the decision of Canadians. It is time to consider a Progressive Conservative alternative.
The Progressive Canadian party exists to provide a principled Tory home for Progressive Conservatives who have decided enough is enough, that the Tory party must again become the party of nation-building and national unity.
We invite you to join us and we offer you leadership by example of what Sir John A. Macdonald's "progressive Conservative" party should look like to Canadians today. The PC Party on the ballot is the way forward to a renewed Tory government in a strong united Canada as Progressive Canadians and Progressive Conservatives.
The Hon. Sinclair Stevens, Leader,
The Progressive Canadian Party (PC Party)
PC Party candidate South Surrey-White Rock