Editor: To me, and at least a handful of others, it is an unsubtle fact that the governing party of P.E.I. was replaced a few years back without an election when "Progressive" Conservative Pat Binns offered his allegiance to the Conservative Party of Canada, marking the dawn of a greater ideological shift in P.E.I. politics than in most provincial elections.
Olive Crane is the only sitting Progressive Conservative left. By firing her, the PC party has essentially replaced its dignity with one of Harper’s franchises (just when that head office is likely to start crumbling) and is now a fully Conservative party in the Reform Alliance tradition and taking orders, it seems, over the phone.
If the party drops the word “Progressive” at the next general assembly then all is forgiven but Ms. Crane has been on that issue of Progressive or just Conservative (to her immense credit) since day one. She had to speak. They had to fire her. The call came. Out. To those to whom Progressive meant something more than a first letter on a banner, if I may be pardoned, Olive is your man.
The Progressive Conservative party of P.E.I. has not elected an “openly Conservative” leader ever. Binns only finished his term that way. Olive Crane’s tenure as PC leader was merely a nuisance interruption in the otherwise full-steam sellout of Progressive Conservative and Island values to the ‘Reform-Alliance’ Conservative Party of Canada which began when they flipped Binns, and it is now free to continue unhindered.
What a gift to young Mr. Ghiz, who now can breathe easy even after shifting some $30 millions in burden to the poorer people with the HST, and what a shame for Islanders that we lose a party on the right which could keep the “left” in Liberal.
In a handful of months the glint will wear off the ideological nationalism of the federal Conservatives just in time for their message to finally reach the shores of P.E.I. and, instead of being challenged for its inherent unfairness, it’ll be gobbled like dog biscuits at an obedience class.