Canadian Alliance Returns to Its Roots and Senses

Edmonton - Friday, March 22, 2002 - by: Ron Thornton


After four long years, the leadership of my party has finally come back to its roots and its senses.




In 1998, I still believed Preston Manning and the guiding principles of the Reform Party provided a real alternative to the Liberals and the Progressive Conservatives. Then, that spring, we saw our own leadership attempt to hijack control of the party from its membership, only to be followed by the manipulated process that was the United Alternative initiative.




Instead of working to do things right, we traded in our much touted principles for a bogus theory to "unite the right." In short order, we were soon perceived as being just another group of political opportunists rushing the trough, yet managing to dash even those hopes through internal intrigue and public gaffes.




Where once we talked about democratic reform, government less in our faces and our wallets, and law and order, all we seemed to hear was how tired some were of sitting in opposition, how they hated Liberals, yet offering nothing tangible as to why they deserved the reins of power.



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Ottawa is full of people who promise something different, but what we have always wanted was something better. This week I finally heard the new leader of the Reform-Conservative Alliance talk about those things again, those things that gave real meaning to being a Reformer and will give real meaning to the Canadian Alliance.


Stephen Harper has been entrusted to provide us with trustworthy leadership, with a clear vision for the future, and the ability to articulate how such a vision represents the promise of what is best for our country, ourselves, and our children.




Ron Thornton