Ontario was once the most prosperous province in Canada. Our government was stable and headed by centre-right governments for decades. The Party, however, possesses an oxymoronic name from a merger called, Progressive Conservative. The Party has been in disarray for years and has not deserved to be in government. The result of course, is a left-wing, socially destructive and economically disastrous Liberal Party which is quickly bankrupting our once great province.
The Progressive Conservative Party elected a new leader by the name of Patrick Brown. Yesterday, at Ottawa, the Party held its first general convention since the election of Brown. Brown has worked to integrate various non-traditional members into the Party in an effort to rebuild.
Walied Soliman is a key organiser for Brown. He is a lawyer in Toronto and a partner with an international firm. I knew him nearly 30 years ago; I was a professional political organiser and Ministerial aid for the federal Conservative Party under Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, he was a young Party activist, and if I recall, was a junior staffer to the same Minister - a man who later went on to become the Premier of Quebec.
The National Post, has reported on Soliman's convention activities:
The once-mighty Tories abandoned wide swaths of the province and alienated would-be Conservative voters simply by targeting only “winnable” ridings, campaign organizer Walied Soliman told delegates at their first convention under new leader Patrick Brown.
“Patrick Brown does not believe in target seats,” he said. “Under our plan there is no Liberal safe seat in Ontario. We have 122 target seats in 2018.”
Soliman told the PC delegates that the party that last held power in 2003 had lost its way and needed to take a new approach to winning the next election.
“Ethnic and faith-based communities … didn’t even know if we were interested in their votes,” said Soliman. “Party members were disillusioned by fake policy processes, and most disturbingly, by a feeling that we were not winners.”
“We’re going to be ready in every G-- damn riding in this province,”