Posts Tagged ‘Liberal Democratic Party’

LDP 03: A favour from Ford.

Monday, June 25th, 2018

If a stronger, more democratic political party is to rise from the ashes of the Ontario liberal party, we can thank premier-designate Ford for one bit of help. Ford has refused to fund the liberal MPPs in Queen’s Park as a political party. It means those who want to have a new and invigorated replacement party can make more of the decisions with less confusion for the public.

Without the funding, staff, the right to ask questions in question period and the trappings of a party in the legislature, the grassroots of the party are on a more equal footing to say what the party should be. We want the elected members to have a say but not to drown out the grassroots.

This is a far cry from the situation under Kathleen Wynne. The Ontario liberal party was a top-down, one-boss organization. It allowed Wynne to get the party into the mess of charges in Sudbury over her manipulation of a bye-election. If the party had been allowed to conduct an open and democratic election of their candidate, there would have been no such charges.

But even more serious was the lack of party input on policy. Nobody listened to the people who supported the candidates and stood ready to work hard to elect them. The only person that Wynne was listening to was that former TD Bank head who told her to sell off part of Hydro One. It was one of her stupider moves and helped build voter antipathy towards her.

We probably have a year for this new party to get organized and register it before there might be a bye-election in Ontario. That would be our first chance to show some muscle. Our objective would be to get that eighth MPP to enable our new party to have full rights as a party in the legislature and for us to elect a party leader.

The difference I would suggest is that the leader’s role be better defined than in the past. The leader would be elected by an every-member vote and should be directly responsible for managing the elected wing of the party. The party president and executive might be responsible for the party at large and the vetting of candidates. The party members in each electoral district should be responsible for choosing the candidate.

While the policy directions for the party passed by the members have to be treated as possible directions for the party, the party leader needs to report to the party each year on the progress on party resolutions.

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LDP 01: A new liberal party.

Tuesday, June 19th, 2018

It appears that we need to start with a new liberal party in Ontario. Creating and launching a new political party does not happen overnight. A new party has to start with the need at the grass roots; platforms and leadership can come later. This series of postings will present the basics and we would like to have readers jump in with their own wants and suggestions. If you want your name connected with suggestions, please say so. We can also put them into the mix for you.

We should start with a name and positioning. I have arbitrarily chosen The Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) as a working title. I would also like to be part of a truly centre-left and liberal party. I am frankly disgusted with people in the liberal party people who think of themselves as liberals socially and conservatives economically. That, to me, is an oxymoron. These people belong in a conservative party. I expect that for every right-wing liberal we lose to the conservatives, we will more than make up from the new democrats who are tired of the self-centred public service unions that dominate to-day’s NDP.

While the definition of centre-left is a rather broad target, I see it as being well within the scope of the human rights positioning of liberalism. I have always seen real liberals as those who will fight for the rights of the individual in our society.

But what is the point of freeing the individual if we then leave them in the grips of poverty? How can they enjoy a full life without good healthcare? And what point is providing the healthcare if the needed prescriptions are not readily available to them? And do we have to continue the crime of not providing the education of which people are capable? If we are going to respect the individual, we are going to have to be sure they are fed a healthy diet, clothed, housed, educated and have the opportunity for a full and rewarding life. There is no sudden leap into this nirvana but we must look to our goals as objectives. All of our society has to share the planning. All need to share in the benefits.

It has to be remembered that at any given time it will only be about a third of our population who are generating the resources to provide the benefits of our society. To do that we must become ever more productive and use automation and technology effectively to add to our efforts.

There are challenges ahead for us. We need to plan well.

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