A retired RCMP sergeant living in Caledonia named Bill Dietz has given his permission to publish a letter he emailed to Haldimand-Norfolk’s Conservative Party of Canada Member of Parliament – Cabinet Minister Diane Finley – in which he expressed his anger at the party’s decision to embrace Julian Fantino as the candidate in the riding of Vaughan.
His emails below explain why he decided to tear up his CPC membership and ‘Sustaining Donor’ cards.
It is important to note that, when Mr. Dietz wrote back to grant our request to publish, he made it clear he was not an ‘activist’ and had not participated in the various protests in Caledonia. I can assure readers that he has, indeed, played no role whatsoever in any protest that we have organized.
Bill Dietz email #1 (to Diane Finley): “I always believed that WE stood for something…”
[PDF, 2p – emails 1&2]
From: Bill Dietz
Sent: Tuesday, October 12, 2010 7:29 PM
Subject: Julian Fantino
What is going on in OUR party?? You know as well as I do, that Julian Fantino was a complete joke as far as law and order in Caledonia and Haldimand County was concerned over the last three or four years. I see by the news reports that our party and the Prime Minister has welcomed him with open arms……if this is the best the Conservative Party of Canada can do, then “Count me Out”.
I have been a member for many years, starting with the Reform Party, and I have been a faithful donor. I always believed that WE stood for something above the others….this is a complete and absolutely unacceptable “middle finger” to every citizen who wishes for decency and the Rule of Law and Order.
I know that you, and your husband, have the ear of the Prime Minister, and I challenge you to speak to him and relate the anguish and anger that this man has caused in Haldimand County over the last four years.
If this man becomes a member of the Conservative Government, I will have to hold my nose and vote Liberal…..as much as that would go against every thing that I believe in….
Sgt. R.C.M.P. (Retired)
Bill Dietz Email #2 (to Mark Vandermaas): “I have destroyed my membership card as well as my “Sustaining Donor” card.”
From: Bill Dietz
To: Mark Vandermaas, Editor – VoiceofCanada.ca
Sent: Wed 10/20/2010 1:26 PM
Subject: Re: Permission to publish your (terrific) letter pls?
As you are probably aware I do not consider myself as an ‘activist’……I have never been out to any of the organized events to protest the lack of law enforcement in Caledonia and Haldimand County over the last several years, but having said that, I am absolutely outraged by this move to have Fantino run as a Conservative in Vaughn. I am not even sure if I would be considered a member of the Conservative Party any longer as I have destroyed my membership card as well as my “Sustaining Donor” card.
You may use my letter to Diane in any way you see fit……hope it helps.
Thank you, Sgt. Dietz
We salute Sgt. Dietz (retired) for being willing to sign his name to such a strongly worded rebuke to the Conservative Party of Canada; for giving us permission to publish it; for destroying his membership card; and for stopping his donations to the party.
We hope other Conservatives will also make their displeasure known in similar fashion.
As someone who also was a member of the Reform Party under Preston Manning, and who wore the uniform of the Canadian Forces (and served in a UN peacekeeping mission), I share Sergeant Dietz’s view that the Conservative Party of Canada has betrayed the values we worked so hard to defend.
POSTED BY: Mark Vandermaas, firstname.lastname@example.org
(Mark Vandermaas is also the editor of www.VoiceofCanada.ca)