I was happy to join smart political minds like @MelissaLantsman, @DPinBC, @irbrodie, @howardanglin & @Sean_Speer in @JohnIbbitson’s excellent @globeandmail column on the party’s future
#cpcldr #cdnpoli https://www.theglobeandmail.com/politics/article-will-mackay-or-otoole-lead-the-conservatives-it-doesnt-matter-not/
To win, Conservatives needs to set aside their Harper-era strategies, embrace a more modern outlook and find ways to persuade younger generations to support themhttps://www.theglobeandmail.com/politics/article-will-mackay-or-otoole-lead-the-conservatives-it-doesnt-matter-not/
If you ignore strategy you get to watch Liberals govern
If you ignore your principles you get to become the Liberals
Conservative electoral coalition is very different than Brian Mulroney’s day. Too many commentators are stuck in 1980s https://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/article-can-the-next-tory-leader-steer-clear-of-stinking-albatrosses/
The winner of the Conservative leadership race will need to remember what is required to be successful in a Canadian federal electionhttps://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/article-can-the-next-tory-leader-steer-clear-of-stinking-albatrosses/
Only place where this peculiar view dominates is among the credentialed overclass that controls too much of our public discourse
Instead they’re status-conscious types who like sounding serious without saying anything risky. But ask them what programs they’d cut & you get a
Their experience is so different, they might as well be living on different planets
Most Millenials & Gen Z have never known a prime rate above 5%. Have always been in debt & expect to always be in debt. Don’t like it but are resigned to it
Just look at Paul Martin’s Liberal (!) 94 budget https://financialpost.com/opinion/william-watson-the-budget-that-changed-canada
It is about a recognition that political consensus in Canada has changed & that people no longer believe there’s a greater good that justifies the cuts https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/trudeau-plans-deeper-deficits-if-he-wins-power-again-in-canada-1.1323723
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, fighting for his political life three weeks away from an election, is seeking a second mandate from voters to increase the nation’s debt to deliver tax cuts and...https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/trudeau-plans-deeper-deficits-if-he-wins-power-again-in-canada-1.1323723
Was it abortion?
It was all attacking about Doug Ford and CUTS https://www.thestar.com/politics/provincial/2019/10/01/justin-trudeau-sounds-off-against-premier-doug-ford-over-labour-unrest-in-ontario-schools.html
Canadian Union of Public Employees members are working to rule in hundreds of Ontario schools and teachers are in bargaining talks.https://www.thestar.com/politics/provincial/2019/10/01/justin-trudeau-sounds-off-against-premier-doug-ford-over-labour-unrest-in-ontario-schools.html
If you believe that even mild objections to our wild-west abortion laws are misogynistic OR that we have to destroy oil jobs to stop climate Armageddon, you long ago priced yourself out of CPC voter coalition
...they do so to terrify progressive voters into holding their noses & abandoning the NDP/Greens for the Liberals in order to block the Conservatives
But millions vote CPC precisely because it’s the only party that accepts people with pro-life convictions or unapologetically champions the oil sector.
We do however need to win over the votes of a lot of people who’ve been relying on the CERB to pay their bills
If you’re more worried about CPC position on abortion than this, I don’t know what to tell you
I’m proud to have worked for Stephen Harper. But we can’t just trot out warmed over Harper polices from 10 years ago & expect to win
Power is now much cultural as it nis political or economic. This power is hoarded by a progressive overclass elite who are all too willing abuse this power to further their own bigotries and biases
We need to have a plan for BETTER & SMARTER supports for those left behind. Railing on about ‘disincentives fo work’ or people ‘taking advantage of the system’ plays into Liberal hands
So what’s going to be CPC plan for accessible child care? A national socialized plan is a non-starter but so is a
What to we say to younger Millenials and GEN Z workers who will never have the luxury of stable benefits and a pension?
Now that NDP has gone full downtown-woke, there’s no party on the left fighting for blue collar workers
A Canada-First climate plan that stops playing Boy Scout and recognizes that the world’s biggest emitters will never play fair would be a great start.
As would immigration policies favouring skilled newcomers or trade policies that moderate free-trade zeal with protections for local labour & supply chains