Orange Tory is a term I came up with to describe my difficult position on the Canadian/Ontario political spectrum. The term was inspired by the traditional label "Red Tory". Since becoming politically aware I have moved between two political parties, the New Democrats and the Conservatives (or Progressive Conservatives provincially). Red Tory is a reference to the colour red being associated with socialism, but I decided an allusion to Canadian social democracy was more appropriate.
My general philosophy can be ascertained through my posts on various topics. I believe in balanced budgets, fiscal discipline, and that a sturdy welfare state is necessary for a healthy society and economy. While I believe market solutions are often the best, I am highly suspicious of capitalism as a driving mentality and the consequences for the public good. I believe in the traditional structures of Canadian governance, such as the monarchy, but I strongly advocate for democratic reform, in particular some sort of mixed-member proportional. I am a progressive in terms of urban development and transportation policies, which are very important to me.
While I consider myself on the political left many of my positions place me on the right, or centre. I abhor partisanship, and even still find flaws within my current political party. My thinking is that as part of the NDP I can better change its character to reach the best policies and reforms.