The Honourable Paul Hellyer
is with profound regret that I now realize the New Democratic Party has
declined the proposal of the Canadian Action Party to merge in order
to form the nucleus of a new mainline progressive pro-Canada party which
would offer Canadians a real alternative in the next election," Paul
Hellyer said in Toronto January 30.
"Both the Liberal Party under Paul Martin and the new Conservative Party, are committed to deeper economic and military integration with the U.S. leading, in my opinion, to ultimate annexation by that country," he added.
"So I am still convinced that the 'new party' idea was a good one and I know that the proposal enjoyed wide approval both with some members of the NDP and with progressives and patriots from other parties who felt it would provide them with a new and comfortable home. But it is not to be because the NDP is not willing to give up its name, at least before the election, which was one of the conditions of the CAP proposal," Hellyer explained.
"Consequently, in accordance with my commitment to CAP when the merger resolution was unanimously adopted at its Biennial Convention in September, of last year, I am today submitting my resignation as leader of the party and asking the executive to hold a leadership convention at the earliest possible date. It has been an honour to serve with such a dedicated group of people but the time has come to move on," he concluded.
Connie Fogal, CAP's president said: "Paul Hellyer is one of the great Canadian patriots of our time. Anyone who has heard him speak or who has read one of his two latest books, Goodbye Canada or One Big Party: To Keep Canada Independent, will understand the depth of his love for Canada and the passion with which he has fought to maintain its continued existence as a nation state."
Paul Hellyer was first elected to the House of Commons 55 years ago
this June. He was the youngest MP at the time and the youngest cabinet
minister when appointed to Louis St. Laurent's government eight years
later. He subsequently held senior posts in the governments of Lester
B. Pearson and Pierre E. Trudeau, who defeated him for the Liberal
Party leadership in 1968. The following year, after achieving the rank
of senior minister, which was later designated as Deputy Prime Minister,
Hellyer resigned from the Trudeau cabinet because it would not support
his recommendations for affordable housing.
At its convention in Toronto this March 27, members will be acclaiming Connie Fogal leader of the Canadian Action Party.
"Connie has been our president since the party was founded in 1997," says Paul Hellyer. "She has been a candidate in both the 1997 and 2000 elections and has been a staunch defender of the principles on which the party was founded." He adds, "She is the perfect one to take the torch and hold it high."
The future direction of the party will be the principal focus at the upcoming convention.
Among several options to be considered will be the running of 50 or more candidates in the next election. The party seeks input from CAP supporters from across Canada as to the level of involvement and support that might be expected.
Before Fogal agreed to accept the post, David Orchard was invited to go for the CAP leadership by Mr. Hellyer. As a long-time defender of Canadian sovereignty with many similar goals for Canada who is now without a political home, Orchard was considered a natural. In fact, Mr. Hellyer freed up his members to support Mr. Orchard in his bid for the PCPC leadership a year ago. And although Orchard was also given the option of changing the name of the party, he chose to give no answer at all to Mr. Hellyer's proposal. March 8 was the date by which this option expired.
Who will offer a viable alternative to the parties who are threatening ill to this country of ours, if CAP doesn't do so? The thousand or more members who left to support the Orchard initiative are now asked to come back and fight for Canada's future. You DO have a great option with this brilliant and committed Canadian, Vancouver's Connie Fogal, at the helm.
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