authenticity 101

Taking a Stand

LPC Leadership

I have always been interested in politics. My father was a city councillor in Sudbury when I was growing up and he also ran provincially one year as a Liberal candidate. I remember dropping literature during the campaigns and attending local community events where my Dad made speeches. As a student, I got involved with various committees and became Student Council President and continued on with similar roles in University where I was active on campus.

These days,I have become increasingly involved with my local Liberal riding associations. In the current political climate of our country, it can be daunting to take a stand and pick a party. We have become so very polarized and there are lots of ways to trash-talk every political party if we choose to. There are no perfect parties, and there are no blemish free records. Politicians are humans and no one does a perfect job every day. As long as I see a vision for fairness, equality, accountability and transparency then I will support a party that strives to reflect those values.

While I don't intend to bring politics into my work with clients, I find myself drawn more and more to taking a stand and being open about my choices. If I am to be authentic and live from my values, I need to accept that my party of choice is Liberal. Despite this proclamation, my NDP and Conservative friends and family still love me. We really can all get along, eh Milton?

The reason I felt compelled to write this blog is that I attended the GTA Federal Leadership Debate today. I found myself really looking forward to it, being completely present and focused during the event and enjoying the reception afterwards where I got to meet some of the candidates. I watched the previous debates and have been reading the candidates websites and emails to make an informed decision about who to vote for. Today's debate really solidified my initial gut feeling that I am going to support Joyce Murray. I was able to attend a small reception for her downtown after the big event in Mississauga and had a chance to chat with her. I like how she seems to be solidly rooted in her values and stating her policies and ideas clearly. I love how she handles herself during the debates as she is articulate, thoughtful, intelligent and humorous with a solid background in business and politics. I also support the idea of cooperation for the 2015 elections to switch things up. We need to do something different in order to unseat the Conservatives. I liked it when Nathan Cullen suggested it during the NDP Leadership Convention, and I like it again. There must be something in the BC water that makes people cooperative!

If you are interested in Joyce's platform, here is her website. I invite you to check it out.

Here's another invitation. Whether you are political or not, actively engaged or not, Liberal or not, this leadership race offers you a chance to do something historic. As long as you are not a card-carrying member of another party, you can sign up as a supporter, for free, and vote in the leadership race in April. You can help pick the next Liberal Leader and that to me is really cool. You don't have to become a Liberal and once the leader is picked, you can simply unsubscribe from the emails that will inevitably start showing up and move on with your life. Or you might catch the bug and feel engaged for the first time in a political process. Either way, you will have participated in something quite unique in our country. Here is the link to the supporter sign up page. If you do decide to sign up, remember to do so by March 3rd, 2013.

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