Do you remember this man? If you're a Conservative and live in Toronto, you might. His name is Mark Warner. He was the candidate nominated to run against Bob Rae in Toronto Centre. That was before the Con's interfered in his campaign and told him that he couldn't run and he was being replaced.
Why? Because he was a person of substance and accomplishment, imo. These qualities are to be discouraged in that party of course, so they unceremoniously bid him farewell.
Today we learn that Mr. Warman will be supporting Bob Rae. He's torn up his Conservative card and is now a member of the Liberal party. He says he saw a pattern with this government and how they interfere in the democratic process. In fact he went further and pointed out that many of the same players seem to be at the centre of every questionable action. In his case, Ian Brodie and Doug Finley.
The contrast between the two party's could not be more stark in my mind. The Con's really are not interested in their candidate's credentials. They care if the candidate will faithfully repeat the party line, period. When is the last time you heard a Con MP say anything discernibly different from one of their colleagues? The Con central command and control is simply not and effective way to govern and that is now being born out.
Do Liberal candidates have to toe the line in such a manner? No. Obviously, overall they have to believe in the Party values, (why would you want to represent a party if you didn't?) but having a difference of opinion on some issues is acceptable.
Mr. Warman seemed to indicate that he would be open to running as a Liberal candidate. I do not know a lot about the man, but based on his bio, I'd say he'd make a pretty good candidate.