I had planned to retire Cotm after October 19th and I still plan to stand back. However, I just had to say something about the attitude among some conservatives that really sucks — be they small “c” or capital “C” — particularly those who are or were in the Conservative caucus, as well as those claiming to be “Blogging Tories.”
Stop apologizing for the so-called “negative and partisan tone” of the Harper Conservative Government.
If the tone in Ottawa was particularly nasty between 2011 and 2015, all the political parties contributed to that. And, if there is any record of nastiness, it was fuelled by the same mainstream media who is fanning the flames now. It is like they can’t help themselves.
Yesterday, for example, Rosie Barton (who I like) at P & P on CBC brought up the “barbaric practices snitch line” and had the Power Panel debate it to death. It is like they just can’t find enough reasons to bash anything conservative. I don’t even think Barton is aware of her bias at times. Yes, it was a strange idea and should never have come up. But, it was never Conservative policy and not part of the actual Harper Government record.
So, what is the media narrative about anything Conservative? That somehow former PM Stephen Harper was mean and nasty and a liar — and by default all his caucus as well.
Well, I’m sorry, but that is absolute nonsense.
- Stephen Harper was not mean or nasty. Stephen Harper was an introvert and therefore not always showing “sunny ways.” But he was always friendly and prime ministerial. Meaning, he did not do many “selfies” (but he did do them because I have a such photo with him ) which our media seem to think is so cute about PM Justin Trudeau.
- And, I never ever heard Stephen Harper lie. Ever. Yes, sometimes he had to correct time lines but those statements were never deliberate lies no matter how many false claims to the contrary. In fact, all PMs occasionally have to correct the record.
Oh, and, a couple of things the media and the Liberals like to ignore.
- The Tories would have won another majority government on October 19th, 2015 had the strategic voting not caused the NDP to collapse.
- The Trudeau Liberals won a majority government with the same 39% plurality that the Harper Conservatives won in 2011. Yet, I hear nothing about the Trudeau Liberals having cheated, are illegitimate or that 60% didn’t vote for them. Funny that.
All that said, what I don’t understand is why I was one of the few people who came up with lists of accomplishments, particularly the 100 reasons to vote Conservative. That post got up to 50,000 hits over the course of the election. What that tells me is that the Conservative Party let all Canadians down because they didn’t give 4 or 5 reasons for people to vote Conservative.
The crux of the matter is that Stephen Harper was one of the best PMs Canada has ever had and history will prove that point. So conservatives need to stand firm and be proud of the Harper Government record. They also need to stop agreeing with a false media narrative that the partisan nasty tone in Ottawa in recent years was all the Conservatives fault.