I agree with the Toronto Sun’s Joe Warmington (H/T JNW) that Patrick Brown should resign as the leader of the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party. Why? Because the man has changed to such a degree, those who voted for him feel betrayed.
Why? Apparently because he has evolved from a conservative into a liberal. Yes, there is a “progressive” component to progressive conservative. But, not to the point where you have morphed into a liberal.
I mean, if you listen to him carefully, he sounds just like Liberal Premier Wynne on at least two important topics.
First, Brown promised, when he was in the midst of the PC leadership campaign, that he would scrap the Ontario sex ed curriculum if elected as Premier. Now, however, he has “evolved” to apparently believe that if the sex education curriculum was scrapped, it would bring about intolerance to LGBT people.
What absolute nonsense.
I taught curriculum design and development to prospective teachers for years. A broad provincial curriculum document in health and physical education (which is where the sex ed topics are located) should not be about indoctrination and social engineering. Rather, it should be about the basics of human health and development which of course includes physical, emotional and sexual maturation.
Meaning, what Brown should have said when he was running for leader was that a PC Government would make sure the sex ed curriculum was reviewed and revised to reflect the maturation level of children at each grade level — which it currently does not.
Second, shortly after being elected Leader Brown agreed with Premier Wynne’s Liberals that the science surrounding man-caused (AGW) global warming theory was settled and that some kind of carbon tax would be a good idea.
Look, I understand that conservatives care about the environment just as much as progressives do but we are sceptical of a theory that is all about income redistribution — and that is frankly what a carbon tax is reputed to do. One company has high emissions so another pays a tax to offset those high emissions. Like me going on a diet so a friend of mine can say they are losing weight!
Anyway, conservative leaning Ontarians, apart from Brown it seems, know full well that the Cap and Trade System that the Wynne Liberals want to get into, or are already into, will cost taxpayers billions and do absolutely nothing for the environment.
So, what does Brown say now when confronted with these and other changes in his beliefs since he was elected leader? He says if you want a rigid ideologue, vote for someone else. Nice! The problem is, Ontario conservatives will not vote for someone else. They simply won’t vote. Which means, the Wynne Liberals will win another majority in 2018.
In my opinion then, the crux of the matter is that if Patrick Brown really cares about his political party and Ontarians, he will step down now as PC leader to give the PC Party time to elect another leader — a conservative that is congruent in his or her beliefs both before they are elected leader and after — in time for the 2018 Ontario election.