For some time now, there have been rumblings of general disatisfaction in the SoCon and Populist consitituencies with the Conservative Party of Canada. Many people feel somewhat alienated and betrayed that the Prime Minister has not stayed true to his conservative roots but has sold the Party out in the hopes of gaining a majority from more liberal voters. While it is true that Stephen Harper is much better than anything the Liberal Party has at the moment, his policies have hurt his reputation among a significant cross section of conservative voters. His token attempts to address social conservative voters, his big spending ways, and his capitulation to the high priests of Kyoto have moved the CPC too close to what is colloquially understood as the “Center” in Canada, which in truth, is the far Left by historical standards.
While it would be imprudent and self-defeating for Social Conservatives to abandon the CPC at this time, it is still necessary to put pressure on the CPC to return to more conservative policies within the entire political spectrum. There are two tangible ways to do this. The first is to create a semi-organized movement of social conservative groups who can co-operate with one another to achieve common social and political goals. The second way is to establish a broad-based, “moderate” social conservative, populist party which helps pull and keep the CPC to the right. Although their policies would not necessarily reflect their Canadian equivalent, The British National Party has shown what can happen when there is party to fill a vacuum in the right wing politics of a country. They were first written off as a fringe party, but now their political voice is being seriously heard because of the common sense nature of some of their policies and their desire to protect British culture. It is apparent that if there is a right wing option outside of the traditional political apparatus, the traditional party who is more “right leaning” needs to listen, or they will pay politically. The Conservative Party in Britain is a sad case in point.
Unlike other “fringe” parties, the first and most important goal of the proposed party will be to challenge the current socially liberal thinking on a host of issues that impact our culture and our way of life. As more exposure is gained for the Party and more people start to listen, it will be merely a matter of time before its principles and policies are adopted by the CPC, as the social consequences of societal breakdown cannot be fixed by another government program. If that does not happen, the CPC will simply follow the same history that the Progressive Conservative Party did and fade into oblivion.
According to Elections Canada, this is what is required to register a political party:
1) An eligible party and a registered party must at all times have at least three officers in addition to the leader of the party, the chief agent and the auditor.
2) Beginning in 2007 and every third year thereafter, provide the Chief Electoral Officer with the names and addresses of 250 electors and their declarations that they are members of the party, and
3) The party can lose its eligibility for registration if the Chief Electoral Officer is not satisfied that the party has updated its application information when required, if the party fails to endorse a confirmed candidate in at least one electoral district at a general election, if the party does not have the minimum number of officers, if the party does not have the minimum number of members who are electors, or if the party has not obtained their signed consent to act from its officers, chief agent and auditor, on appointment. A party that loses its eligibility cannot be registered, but may reapply for registration.
So in other words…
1) We need a handful of officers ;
2) 250 confirmed electors;
3) Run 1 candidate in an election.
That’s about it. There are some more administrative issues involved, but as far as involvement of interested parties, the above 3 conditions are all that is required. These conditions are not a big hurdle to overcome at all.
I would like to see a new Party established for this purpose – not to supplant the CPC but to keep it honest when they do not run socially conservative and populist candidates. It would be, in many respects, “a tactically-strategic party” where it would assess the “conservative stock” of each candidate in a riding, and make a determination whether to run its own candidate.
Over the next several months, the committee that I am establishing will examine some of the logistics of getting this party started including forming a comprehensive policy document, soliciting and selecting the interim leadership, and talking to social conservative groups for their assistance and input into strategy. Once this phase has been completed, the next step is getting the 250 signatures.