My dad is always going on about The Big Picture.
It's important to have an ultimate goal or end result that you are looking towards, but at the same time I think all "big picture" talk needs to be taken with a grain of salt. After all, there really isn't a The Big Picture - it's different for everyone, and for that reason no picture can't be all that big at the end of the day.
I would hope that, for most Conservative supporters, provincially and federally, their big picture (politically) includes more than simply power for the Conservatives and political exile for the Liberals - we need to be working for more ethical, less intrusive, less expensive, more accountable and efficient government.
With some of the decisions that have been made recently, though, I worry that power for power's sake has become important for too many Conservative supporters.
While I appreciate the importance of forming a majority government if we want to institute any kind of sweeping changes to Canada, when I see people defending something as ridiculous as attacking banks for charging ATM fees or banning smoking, or defending a Conservative MP(P) when they behave improperly all because "we need the votes," I really worry about what some Tories are willing to accept in the name of power.
My big picture is to have a better Canada. There are a lot of improvements that need to be made in our country, and I think Canadians know it. That's why we need to be more than just Not The Liberals™.
Let's support real change in Canada by demanding the behaviour we want in our government from our party. This is something that, if we always keep it in mind and act accordingly as we move forward, I think Canadians will respect, and that's good for everybody.