Pat Stogran has spent a lifetime serving Canada in one capacity or another. Not that he has never found issue with the way Canada operates in reality, as compared to the assumptions or accepted beliefs. To the contrary. From disagreeing with the political aims of policy while being Canada's first commander in Afghanistan and seeing the results. From doing as much as he could in a no-win situation as Canada's first Veteran's Ombudsman, hired by a government that had no intention of correcting that system's wrongs. These situations required guile, adaptability, the skill to get around obstacles as necessary, and a core value system that said what's right is right, damn the politics of the power structure. And the willingness to call a spade a spade, which may have been more costly on a personal level than expected, but having principles against the machine has its price.
But Pat Stogran has one more campaign in him and he thinks it is the most important one of all. He has joined the leadership contest for the New Democratic Party. Apolitical for his entire career, by necessity above all, the time has come to draw attention to what he sees as the unending repitition of rewarding mistakes and ignoring progress and betterment for all Canadians. He believes common sense, decency and good governance are under attack in Canada. His goal is to revolutionize domestic affairs to stop the victimization of Canadians. Make transparency and responsibility more than buzz words. Stop throwing money at problems and actually fixing them. End the institutional crisis with electoral reform to make government represent citizens again, not parties. A national vision that has strategy and goals, not just political tactics to gain and keep power.
Pat has made it clear that the more callers to the show, the more input, the better. This is all about Canadians and where this country is headed. It's about all of us.