Wednesday, May 11, 2005


Heward Grafftey. Remember him? No, seriously. Used to be in Joe Clark's cabinet. Ran for the PC leadership in 2003.

It seems the people couldn't get enough of him, so he's running for the Progressive Canadian Party in Brome-Missisquoi.

From his press release:

Starting from the bottom up, from the grass roots, we shall build up our
party from coast to coast. We shall be known as a "peoples' party." Someday
the P.C. party will form a new government in Ottawa. It will take a lot of
hard work and I call on the people of Brome-Missisquoi to support me in this
vital task. I want to work with them and serve them as their future M.P. Let
us begin.


Macdonald and Cartier, the two principal Fathers of Confederation called
themselves Progressive Conservatives. A P.C. coalition governed Canada from
1867 to the early twentieth century, with the exception of a brief time.
Macdonald and Cartier would be the first to ask the citizens of
Brome-Missisquoi to support my candidacy as a committed Progressive

There is something pathetic about a certain subset of politicians who achieve a certain status and then reduce themselves to laughingstocks by drifting out to the political fringes through repeated futile campaigns.

Harold Stassen, the former Minnesota governor who went from boy wonder of the Republican Party to perennial presidential candidate is the most obvious example. Paul Hellyer's drift from the Liberals, to the Progressive Conservatives, and finally to oblivion as leader of the hard-left Canadian Action Party is another.

Don't do it, Mr. Grafftey. You will only look like an old has-been pining for long-lost glory days.

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