likely to me "Wait, you weren't already a member of the Conservative Party". Well, no. While I am a tory (in the ideological
sense of the word) the Conservative Party has not been over the last few years with the reform wing dominating the
party's direction. Those who know me personally are more likely to have the following reaction:
this is a discussion that I want to be a part of.
And there is a lot to discuss. On some issues the party has had the right ideas and implemented them well (support for
the monarchy, respecting free votes on private member's bills, eliminating the Long Gun Registry, and avoiding meddling
in provincial affairs). On other issues the party had the right general idea but failed in the implementation (the copyright
reform saga, military procurement, and free trade). And finally the Conservatives pursued some ideas that were pretty
bad and that implementation made worse (everything about the 2015 Election Campaign, oppressive party discipline,
rejection of evidence-based policy, and increased government surveillance).
So what ideas do I think the Conservative Party should pursue? Well, off the top of my head:
Institute Basic Income
1. It eliminates poverty rather than just managing it ineffectively as the current Welfare system does.
2. It is less expensive than the current welfare system (which means more money for other things).
3. It would allow the government to slash the Welfare bureaucracy without being complete jerks for doing so.
Weaken Intellectual Property Law
“For example, if I have a hard disk, it is my property and I can arrange the patterns of
magnetic alignment on it in any way I choose; and if I cannot, because copyright law forbids
me, my property right in the hard disk has been reduced. Or similarly if I own a lathe and a
milling machine, and some raw materials, I can make an internal combustion engine or other
machine from the raw materials; and if I cannot, because patent laws forbid me, then my
property rights have been diminished. So to the extent that you believe in property rights over
real property (i.e. anything tangible), you can’t also believe in property rights in imaginary
property (i.e. so-called ‘intellectual’ property).” -Philip Hunt
of monopoly protection will recognize this effect. Greatly weakening intellectual property laws is completely consistent
with the Conservative's dedication to free trade and free markets. Enough with this protectionist rubbish.
Greater Transparency & Accountability...For Real This Time
1. Many of the scandals that plagued the Conservatives over their last term were the result of lax accountability laws.
2. If you see government as a force for good in society (as I do) you want to know resources are being used effectively.
3. If you see government as an ever-present danger you likewise want to be able to keep a close eye on it.
Cutting down on corruption, scandals, and waste pays dividends by increasingly public trust and saving money.
One-on-One Free Trade
number of participating countries that both makes leaving it an unsavory proposition and makes changing its terms
difficult. Much preferable are one-on-one agreements like the Canada-South Korea trade agreement that allow the
countries to remain flexible. Changes can be made and if the need to abandon the deal arises it can be done without
greatly harming our trade strategy.
However, it was a disaster for conservatives in Eastern Canada, many of whom are part of the tory tradition of the old
Progressive Conservative Party. The reform branch of the party deserves the lion share of blame for this seeing as it has
increasingly been setting the agenda. It is time to speak up for our brand of conservatism. One that sees the government
as a tool for good, not an impediment to it. One that takes pride in our country's traditions without fearing the traditions
of others. One that stands up for the little guy rather than standing on the little guy.