Ted Hewlett wrote:What alternatives do Canadian Social Conservatives Have? It is understandable that many (both individuals and parties) should think that in Canada social conservatives have no alternatives. After all, the only political party which has any possibilities for us and that seems likely to elect any members, it may be thought, is the Conservative Party of Canada. What happens if Conservative Party fails to move forward with socially conservative measures?
For some, the answer is to vote for the Christian Heritage Party, which, though it has not elected any members, stands for the basic socially conservative principles. Others feel that a protest vote for the CHP is not the answer; that they must support a party which has a chance of electing members and is a viable possibility for governing the country. Such Canadians are not without alternatives. It is possible to respond to appeals from the national party headquarters by giving nothing and directing all party giving to the local constituency association. Such giving is fully deductible. (It's a good idea to tell national party headquarters why you are denying them a donation.) Furthermore, if the local candidate is not supporting socially conservative principles it is possible to give to a constituency association other than the one established for one's own area. Such a donation is still deductibe for tax purposes.
Ted, this proposal still benefits the CPC and their obvious plan to eject any true conservative from their ranks. Let me be clear, that the CPC is not a conservative party but a socially progressive party which in my mind is even more dangerous to the country than a liberal party.
The same holds for the provincial so labelled conservative parties.
The only alternative available is to re-focus your conservative efforts at the municipal levels and work to re-establish conservative principles at that level. The necklace of successful civic parties can then be woven together to contest higher level elections with individuals with proven conservative track records and with established base of support and volunteers.