“…A generation ago a lot of Canadians identified with a political party in the same way they might have connected with a local church.
They usually assumed the political affiliations of their parents.
Party membership was an important component, along with church and service club membership, of a person’s identity within a community.
Back in the day, political leaders could reliably count on members of their party, driven by local street captains, to turn out and vote for the candidate of the day.
It doesn’t take an Einstein to figure out those days are long gone.”