You would think the outcome of the May 2017 Conservative Party of Canada (CPC) leadership campaign would have brought Canadian conservatives together. Unfortunately, that does not seem to be the case.
Which begs the question: Why are Canadian conservatives so divided?
Particularly, why are we so divided at a time the Trudeau Liberals are vulnerable regarding their exploding deficit, ideologically based carbon tax and the unfair tax changes soon to hit small businesses. Yet, the “who is a real conservative” complaining seems to be in full swing.
I have been blogging since January 2006 and I remember well how we went through the same nonsense when Stephen Harper was Prime Minister. Some conservatives even said they would not vote for him because he wasn’t conservative enough. In fact, even as I kept a list of the Harper Government Accomplishments, some on the right complained the Tories weren’t doing anything.
Complain, complain, complain. Blah, blah, blah. It is so tiring and so absolutely self-defeating. The reality is that, in today’s Canada, far right or libertarian conservatism would never win across the entire country. And, Harper knew that!
Anyway, how do I know this “not conservative enough” nonsense is going on? Day in and day out it’s all over my Twitter feed. And no, I have no intention of mentioning Twitter user names or hashtags, so as not to promote even more division. But, here are a couple of complaints I have been reading and hearing about over the past few months:
- Andrew Scheer did not really win the CPC leadership race because of a problem with ballot counting and the fact that Quebec dairy farmers signed up for CPC memberships in droves. So what? The implied complaint is that Max Bernier would have won had there not been those extra memberships. Moreover, some are even complaining that Kevin O’Leary was the only true conservative in the original bunch. Look, I didn’t take part in the counting, but neither Bernier or O’Leary would have won a federal election for the very reason I mentioned above — their views were too extreme for average Canadians. Anyway, CPC memberships that were paid on time were valid. End of story. Scheer won. To put it bluntly, those conservatives who wanted a different leader need to get over the result and move on.
- Andrew Scheer complained about RebelMedia in an interview and allowed himself to be interviewed by the leftist group @leadnowca. Cue the violins. First of all, Rebel does not represent all Canadian conservatives. While I was a supporter at the start, I stopped after about a year because they were spending most of their time and money on petitions — acting as activists and not journalists. Regarding the leadnow fiasco, had Scheer not allowed such an interview, he would have been criticised for not having the courage to do so.
Sigh! The reality is that we don’t hear or read this kind of nonsense from Liberals. Unlike Conservatives, they stick together through thick and thin.
The crux of the matter is that this Conservative bashing by other conservatives has to stop if Scheer and the CPC are going to win a majority government in 2019 — the only outcome that will save us from national bankruptcy and a swing so far to the left that we will no longer recognize our country.
P.S. The same process is happening in Ontario with ONPC Leader Patrick Brown. The question Ontario conservatives have to ask themselves: Is staying home and not voting because you don’t like Brown worth leaving Ontario in the hands of the Wynne Liberals? If not, start supporting Brown!!! In other words, conservatives across Canada who are complaining about their conservative leaders for not doing what they like, want or believe, need to suck it up and get over themselves.