Examining New Blue, a new right-of-centre option for Ontario voters

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Examining New Blue, a new right-of-centre option for Ontario voters
Author of the article:Free Press staff
Publishing date:May 17, 2022 • 18 hours ago • 2 minute read • 18 Comments

London candidates for the small-c conservative upstart New Blue Party made their pitch to voters Monday evening, with election day little more than two weeks away.


About 70 supporters and members of the public gathered at the Byron Legion for a meet-and-greet with New Blue candidates from the three city ridings and Elgin-Middlesex-London.

“We need to start voting for character. When the rubber meets the road, we need leaders who will follow through and do what they say,” Tommy Caldwell, New Blue candidate for London North Centre, said.

The New Blue Party has candidates in all 124 ridings provincewide. The party is vying for votes on the right of the political spectrum, but also looking to attract voters who are tired of the status quo, Caldwell said.

“The establishment parties work for themselves and each other,” he said, adding MPPs from the big three “serve the party above, not the people below.”


Among other campaign promises, New Blue is pledging to end all remaining COVID-19 mandates, take down wind turbines to reduce electricity prices and drop the HST rate from 13 per cent to 10 per cent.

Opposition to rolling public health restrictions and successive lockdowns during the pandemic loomed large in the candidates’ prepared remarks.

“Families, individuals and small businesses have the right to determine what’s right for them. We must ensure that autonomy is never taken away again,” Kris Hunt, New Blue candidate in London West, said to rousing applause.

Matt Millar, the New Blue candidate in Elgin-Middlesex-London, called the Progressive Conservative government’s pandemic restrictions that kept children out of school and people away from their loved ones “extreme.”


New Blue was co-founded by Jim and Belinda Karahalios.

Belinda Karahalios was elected as the Progressive Conservative MPP in Cambridge in 2018, but was kicked out of the Tory caucus after two years for voting against her party’s COVID-19 emergency act legislation.

She founded New Blue with her husband, the party’s leader.

The party is not the only new party appearing on the ballot for the first time this provincial election.

The Ontario Party, founded by former MP and Conservative Party of Canada leadership candidate Derek Sloan, has candidates in 105 ridings this election, including all 10 in the London region.


New Blue candidates in London region
Kris Hunt, London West

Tommy Caldwell, London North Centre

Adriana Medina, London-Fanshawe

Matt Millar, Elgin-Middlesex-London

Connie Oldenburger, Oxford

David Barnwell, Lambton-Kent-Middlesex

Rhonda Jubenville, Chatham-Kent-Leamington

Keith Benn, Sarnia-Lambton

Bob Hosken, Perth-Wellington

Matt Kennedy, Huron-Bruce
 

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So. . . their philosophy is "The more we split the conservative vote, the better we'll do?"

Do you people want True Dope to be PM forever?
Wrong elections Tec. ;) Don't worry, there are Ontarians who keep getting the two confused. At least you have an excuse for it.
 

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Wrong elections Tec. ;) Don't worry, there are Ontarians who keep getting the two confused. At least you have an excuse for it.
Fair point, but I'm shorthanding it. I'm aware that True Blue is about the Ontario provincial elections. But do you really think a political party, once formed, won't do everything it can think of to grow? That's Organizational Theory 101.
 
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Fair point, but I'm shorthanding it. I'm aware that True Blue is about the Ontario provincial elections. But do you really think a political party, once formed, won't do everything it can think of to grow? That's Organizational Theory 101.
Which is precisely why I don't support the party system.