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“I am a Canadian, free to speak without fear, free to worship in my own way, free to stand for what I think right, free to oppose what I believe wrong, or free to choose those who shall govern my country. This heritage of freedom I pledge to uphold for myself and all mankind.” ~~ John G. Diefenbaker

Here’s my question to BC Conservative leader Dan Brooks; “Are you willing and prepared, to offer us that vision?”

While many existing members of the BC Conservative Party --- and others who have left --- are asking, “What relevance to British Columbian voters does the BC Conservative Party have?”, the party itself is now asking its members this question:

“Do you want to change the name of the Party; and if so, to what?”

An email has been sent to remaining members of the Party (that they still have up-to-date email addresses for, as well as a select number of former members, with the following message:

Memo to: Active and some expired members with a current email address

The possibility of a name change for the BC Conservative Party has been a discussion topic among members for a number of years. The Board of Directors decided in September to address this long standing issue by creating a committee to examine the feasibility of changing the Party name.

Party members Joan Robinson of Victoria and Frank Dubenski of Qualicum Beach have volunteered to coordinate the process.

The goals of the Name Change Committee are to determine the viability of a name change and to solicit new name suggestions from the Party membership. The committee will be reporting its findings and recommendations to the Board of Directors. Depending on the committee's recommendations, the Board may decide to have the matter considered at the February AGM.

These are some of the political party names that cannot be used:

BC Vision            

BC Excalibur         

British Columbia Party

BC First                


Christian Heritage Party

BC Marijuana      

People's Front      

Land Air Water Party

BC Action            

Platinum Party      

Unparty: The Consensus Building Party

BC Refederation  

Work Less Party  

Vancouver Island Party of British Columbia

BC Reform            

Peoples Party       

Your Political Party

Unity Party            

Communist Party  

Social Credit Party

Youth Coalition    

Freedom Party      

Democratic Futures

Individual Rights  

Party of Citizens   

Renewal Party

Please submit your ideas by clicking on the "Name change suggestions" link that is underlined below.

Clicking on the link gives members the opportunity to say “Yes” or “No” to changing the Party name … the chance to offer their suggestions … and then indicate whether or not they are a member of the BC Conservatives.

Here’s a reality check for the Board, Executive, and Leader of the BC Conservatives … whether the name changes or not is immaterial; the membership, and better yet the people of BC, what to know what the party stands for!

  • What stand has the Party taken with regards to issues important to the men and women of this province? 
  • What stand does the party take on providing safe and affordable transportation to the people of Prince George to Prince Rupert to get to appointments, to get to medical attention, to meet and visit with family and friends?  Have they come up with ideas and suggestions that can be presented to the public and the media? 
  • Where are we going to get the desperately needed doctors and health care practitioners, for the hundreds of thousands of British Columbian women, men, and children who no longer one?
  • Where does the Party stand on Justin Trudeau’s declaration that tankers won’t ply west coast waters to get fossil fuels transported to world-wide markets?
  • What role does the party see for traditional jobs (mining, logging, fishing, ranching) that have fed the BC economy for decade after decade?
  • What about Freedom of Information requests that go unanswered … and government emails that get deleted?
  • How are the young people of British Columbia going to be trained for the new economy of the future?

And with news just today, what is the BC Conservative response to the fact that Independent MLA Vicki Huntington has come up against a stone wall in trying to find out information on why the only choice to replace the Massey Tunnel is a new bridge?

British Columbians are not going to be attracted to the BC Conservatives without strong reasons to do so --- and that DOES NOT by any stretch of the imagination include a change of name!

And so the real question that needs to be asked is, “What polices are the BC Conservatives proposing that will catch fire with people from one end of the province to the other … whether they live in urban metro areas, the suburbs, or the rural parts of BC.

At meetings over the last two days in Vancouver a quote from auto-maker Henry Ford was shared.  He said, “If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses.”

The leadership of the BC Conservatives need to know what British Columbians want (a faster horse), so that they can develope policy for the people of BC that fits with their own ideals and principles (a vision for change).  More importantly however, the people of BC need a vision of what the future can be, under a government led by the BC Conservative Party.

Here’s my question to BC Conservative leader Dan Brooks; “Are you willing and prepared, to offer us that vision?”

Sitting at the Vancouver International Airport, waiting for a flight back home to Kamloops, these are the thoughts that are going through my mind. 

I'm Alan Forseth, and I'd love to know what you think.


  1. A name change will not save this party!

  2. Good comments and the one comment above says it all. We had a constitutional meeting the results which has divided the party. The unelected executive reinstated expelled members and commented that the executive who expelled the members should not have done so. This drove hard working members away from the party. And finally the unelected executives latest brain wave is to see if there is any enthusiasm for a name change. I ask this do any British Columbians really give a dam about those three things. Or are British Columbians looking for visionary policies from a political party so they can consider supporting that party? This Executive and leader unfortunately are unable to deliver relevant objectives that the public can
    show any interest in at all.

  3. The time for a name change sailed away a long time ago now. That should have been acted on shortly after the 2013 election. The party is run by a one man show everyone else just says yes sir. Mr Brooks can not compete against Chriaty. Under the current leadership our party is finished. We need new wind in our sails and some political experiance. If this were house with a small leak in the roof we could fix it, but it is not a small leak it is more like a torrential downpour pour. Time to tear down and rebuild from the ground up or join another party and do our best to bring life to.them.


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