Canada is a grand and glorious country, but for more than forty years we’ve been misled down the path of mediocrity. For more than two generations we’ve endured a parade of wasteful, unprincipled, irresponsible, corrupt and incompetent politicians who have ignored our basic concerns and have not provided us with the leadership we deserve.
Southern Ontario, from Parry Sound/Muskoka and Renfrew/Nipissing/Pembroke south, has 97 of the 308 seats in Parliament. It is the heartland of Canada, but, it has not been well-served at the national table. The problem has been the Liberal Party’s stranglehold on this compact geographical area for most of the last 70 years. We know their grip can be broken because it has been. Diefenbaker, Mulroney and Harris successfully attracted massive voter support in southern Ontario by appealing to southern Ontarians.
[In 1995, Mike Harris’s Common Sense Revolution won 82 of southern Ontario’s (then) 116 seats. That translates to 69 of the 97 seats in a redistributed southern Ontario.]
We in southern Ontario are constantly reading and hearing dissatisfactions with our national government. However, our grievances with Ottawa are diffuse and closer to simmer than boil at this time.
Some of us feel the need to find a new path to better government for our nation.
A movement could begin, in southern Ontario, that could transform into a new party that could win enough seats in Parliament to control its reform. Stephen Harper wrote that Ontarians should do exactly that in an article in the Toronto Sun, June 29, 1997.
“A new party if necessary but not necessarily a new party.” reflects the feeling of some that either it would be folly to split the vote (again), or, it would be better to effect change within the current CPC party. In other words, we should prepare ourselves to be ready if circumstances favour a new party, but strive to make it unnecessary to do so!
A few years ago, a small group of us came together in Mississauga with the idea of finding a way to bring the weight of the 97 ridings of southern Ontario to bear on a national project. We know we are just one group among many trying to find the key to transform the yearning among Canadians into enough public support to bring better governance to our beloved country.
We have incorporated an association as a signal of purpose and conviction and are in the process of increasing its membership in southern Ontario.
We realize it is tremendously important to build something that will attract millions of citizens, not a few dozen political activists. This is no small task and not one to be taken without the participation of talented and dedicated people.