The wrong choice - Pallister not the new blood needed 0
There we go again, rolling the times back, and we call ourselves the "Progressive " Conservative party of Manitoba. Where is the progressiveness if you look for old party hacks to lead you.
Voters who were politically interested enough to read the letter to the editor from those who asked you to endorse the writings and choice in the local papers from Blaine Petersen, Cameron Friesen, Iam Wishart and Leanne Rowat, please think again if you thought to endorse what they, the above named MLAs, propose and endorse.
Do you know why I use the word old party hacks? Let's have a history lesson.
Brian Pallister began his up and down political career at the provincial level, winning a by-election in Portage La Prairie September 15, 1992. Yes, that is 20 years ago, and a lot has changed since that time.
He was re-elected in the 1995 provincial election and was sworn in to cabinet on May 9, 1995 as Minister of Government Services in the Gary Filmon cabinet.
Just when the writing was on the wall that the NDP under Gary Doer might take Manitoba, Brian stepped down from cabinet to broaden his appeal and campaigned for a seat as MP. Pallister went on to win the Progressive Conservative nomination and won as an MP and formally resigned his seat in the legislature April 28, 1997.
A year after having become MP, Pallister campaigned for the leadership of the federal Progressive Conservative Party in 1998- a rookie MP grabbing for the gold ring - and yes he lost.
After a bitter dispute with his leader Joe Clark, it resulted in Pallister leaving the Progressive Conservatives and joining the Alliance August 17, 2000.
He won his new party's nomination for Portage-Lisgar over Dennis Desrochers and former MP Felix Holtmann in a contest marked by bitterness.
Pallister was elected to the House of Commons as an Alliance MP in the 2000 general election and served on the opposition benches.
The Canadian Alliance and Progressive Conservative parties merged December 22, 2003, and Pallister became a member of the resulting Conservative Party of Canada. And he again initially considered launching a bid for the new party's leadership.
Pallister was easily re-elected in the 2006 campaign. The Conservative Party won a minority government, and Pallister requested Prime Minister-designate Stephen Harper not consider him for a cabinet portfolio while he was making his decision about entering provincial politics.
Why didn't he enter provincial politics at that time when the "progressives" had already been floundering for a decade, so long that many young voters do no even know what it means to be "progressive" in Manitoba's politics.
I say again, whether you agree or not, let's not go back to old war horses. Let there be on the right and middle of politics in Manitoba a new sound, a new direction, a new affirmation of what it means to be on the right of the political spectrum.
While you are thinking about that, let me also ask about changing the name Progressive Conservative Party of Manitoba to something new, different and more appealing. After more than 10 years of trying, there is nothing "progressive" about the Manitoba Conservatives.
BC after WAC Bennett did it, and they won with a combination of Liberals, Social Credit and Conservatives. Alberta did it just recently by trying to throw out the old guard with a new name, "Wild Rose" - same conservative people but a new name and sound. And so did Saskatchewan with a combination of Conservatives, Liberals and disaffected NDPers who became the Saskatchewan Party. Brad Wall is doing very well indeed.
Indeed a new name, a new sound, a new direction and new ideas with someone fresh and truly progressive, perhaps we might be able to leave the political wilderness and start to lead this province in the right direction again.