I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who took the time to meet with me during my canvassing to be the next Conservative candidate for Kitchener-Conestoga, but as we all know, this journey came to an abrupt halt, with my candidacy being denied.
For many who have met me, you know that I have always supported the Conservative party. I sat on the board of directors, I canvased, put up signs, made phone calls and worked as a scrutineer to ensure that we had great representation for our local riding. When Harold Albrecht decided to retire as our Conservative representative, I decided to put my name forward and run. I was excited to run as a nominee for candidate and wasted no time in my canvassing, handing out pamphlets, making phone calls and knocking on doors (keeping socially distant) introducing myself and spoke with many of the members of the conservative riding. These were enjoyable days because I had the opportunity to meet so many like-minded, caring individuals and families who have the same concerns about how our government is being run. I truly enjoyed meeting everyone and marveled at the number of people who shared the same concerns as I do.
The application for candidacy is a lengthy process involving police checks, credit checks, disclosure of all my social media and more. A very thorough background check, all performed by the National Conservative Party in Ottawa. I passed and was given the opportunity to have an interview with our local riding association. It was during this interview process that I was subjected to an inquisition that questioned my faith, and many of the policies that I was campaigning on, mainly my belief in free speech, freedom of expression and freedom of religion.
I found out on the following Monday that I had been denied with no reason given. I appealed and had the help of many, especially Jack Fonseca and Harold Albrecht, but my appeal fell on deaf ears. Since that day Erin O’Toole has made moves to remove many social conservatives as delegates and from the party.
My disappointment with the Conservative Party can be summed up by a few headlines that have happened since Erin O’Toole took power. His leadership has put the Conservative party in an extremely compromised position. Erin campaigned on the promise that he was a “True Blue” conservative and that there was room for all conservatives under the big tent, but his actions certainly don’t reflect his promises.
The Conservative party has lost its direction. The Liberals and Conservatives are so ideologically aligned that they might as well merge into one party. The only reason they don’t is because it would take away the illusion of choice.
Maxime Bernier and The People’s Party of Canada still hold onto the conservative values and tradition where freedom of speech, thought and religion are placed high on policies and values. I have been warmly accepted and certainly feel a whole lot more at home with a party that still respects the grassroots of its membership and the views and opinions of Canadians.
The News Articles
“No Place for ‘Far Right’ in Conservative Party” – Erin O’Toole – CBC News January 2021 https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/otoole-no-room-far-right-in-convervative-party-1.5877039
“MP Derek Sloan ejected from Conservative caucus” – CTV News January 2021 https://www.ctvnews.ca/politics/controversial-mp-derek-sloan-ejected-from-conservative-caucus-1.5274153
“Poilievre leaves Finance as Conservatives shuffle critic roles” – CBC News February 2021 https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/conservatives-shuffle-poilievre-industry-1.5908108
“Erin O’Toole just hired Huawei’s Vice President as Senior Advisor” – Rebel News March 2021 https://www.rebelnews.com/ban_huawei?utm_campaign=el_enwright_3_4_21&utm_medium=email&utm_source=therebel
“Erin O’Toole fired Derek Sloan & demoted Pierre Poilievre. They’re not the image he wants to project. O’Toole just hired James Enwright, in charge of corporate affairs at Huawei Canada during the kidnapping of the Two Michaels. That’s more his type.” – Ezra Levant