I am getting thoroughly tired of this ongoing debate about whether racist Canadian hate-monger Kate McMillan is, or is not, a "member" of the Conservative Party. Despite her clear membership in the Blogging Tories, she is adamant that she is unaffiliated with any party. Worse, she's managed to snooker into that myth at least a few bloggers who should know better:
... on prompting by Andrew of Bound By Gravity, I retract any suggestion that Kate speaks for, or is a member of, the Conservative Party of Canada.
That's just annoying. Let's look at the evidence, shall we? First, the site is called "The Blogging Tories". That's "Tory" with a capital "T", which suggests the use of a proper name and/or organization, and not just a general ideological attitude.
Furthermore, the home page header shows what appears to be a part of the Parliament buildings, no? Which strongly leads one to assume there's an actual political connection here. And politics would equal Conservative Party of Canada, unless things changed drastically while I was sleeping.
Finally, we have at least this definition of the word "Tory":
In Canada, a Tory is a member or supporter of the Conservative Party of Canada.
And yet, despite all of this evidence, McMillan insists that she has no political affiliations and that, mysteriously, one can be a member of the Blogging Tories without being an actual, you know, Tory.
Well, fine. Under that amazingly-accommodating definition, it would seem I could just as easily be a member. Which is why I just now submitted my membership application, and I encourage all other (non-politically affiliated) members of Progressive Bloggers to do the same. Apparently, one need not actually have any official sympathies with the Tories to be a member of BT, which makes all of us Progressive Bloggers eligible.
So come on down! The more, the merrier. I'm assuming my membership request won't be rejected based on a few niggling ideological differences. Or that I'm not an actual Tory. Or anything like that.
After all, they keep talking about having a "big tent." Let's see just how big that tent really is, shall we?