|Mike Harcourt, free man (G&M)|
Mike Harcourt, whose politics I scorned but for whom I have always had a warm spot personally, is part of this centripetal trend. Choice, knowledge, and access to power are increasing at the individual level and the worth of parties and other intermediaries is declining somewhat.
1. That word "Sustainability". Harcourt could have turned Green or Liberal but chose "an independent sustainability democrat". This word can appeal to a conservative bunch as well as a distributionist bunch. Think of the Five S program for getting a handle on any undertaking and bringing it to a sustained peak:
S(1) Sort through stuff to see what's worth keeping.
S(2) Set in order what you keep.
S(3) Shine it up, get it into top condition.
S(4) Standardize so there are plainly stated successful working policies to get things done.
S(5) Sustain it. This means keep developing people and resources so the undertaking or group renews itself . A little bit of reduce/re-use/recycle fits in here but developing new leadership and new opportunity and and long term perspective is more important. So if Mike Harcourt's definition of sustainability overlaps mine, I could join forces with him.
2. The Time Colonist reports a pleasantly realistic side of this ex-NDP man:"He said the party needs leadership that balances an understanding of the Lower Mainland with the resource realities of the province. “Vancouver is an important part of the province, but most communities, about 150 of them, survive on natural resources, and if you say, ‘You can’t log, you can’t mine, you can’t drill wells for gas or ranch,’ you’re ignoring 95 per cent of British Columbia and most of the communities that depend on natural resources.”