Re: Private Party, Sept. 18
To the Editor:
As one of the five Western students who recently split from the Progressive Conservative Party, I wish to first congratulate you on your fair and even-handed summary of the event. You rightfully focused on the resignation of our posts with the PC Club executive here at Western, as this is of greatest immediate interest to the students. It must be made clear, however, that our point of disagreement is not with our friends at the UWOPC. In fact, I wish to emphasize that we are encouraged by the current UWOPC executive's efforts to institute greater accountability to the organization here on campus. As you stated in your article, our concern is with the party's disinterest in implementing conservative policies; in particular, I was shocked by the anti-democratic nature of the party in general, wherein you are expected to believe, but not to question or disobey.
Our decision to build an inclusive, democratic and non-partisan policy coalition reflects our desire to solve these problems. Despite the differences in strategy, the Coalition of Conservative Citizens and the UWOPC work towards the same goal and I wish those who remain in the party the very best of luck. If they can accomplish a more open PC Party which respects its members and all Canadians, and works for the interests of freedom and community, I shall gladly join them once more.
Marcel Eamonn LeHouillier
Political Science III