I am getting sick and tired of Ontario’s Patrick Brown and most of the federal Conservative leadership candidates shrinking at media condemnation of the conservative principles they supposedly believe.
I mean, Kellie Leitch can’t even talk about wanting newcomers to our country to be screened for such values as freedom of speech and gender equality, without being labelled a racist and a bigot.
Yet, thankfully Leitch doesn’t shrink from those firmly held beliefs. Follow her on Twitter and you will see what I mean. The woman has courage.
In other words, what I am talking about is the need for conservative leaders in this country to have the courage of their convictions even while under opposition and media fire.
Yet, at the moment, the opposite seems true. For example, Sam Oosterhoff was recently elected in Niagara West-Glanbrook for the Tories. His leader, PC Leader Patrick Brown had him wait an extra day to be sworn in because Oosterhoff planned to vote against Bill 28. Why? Because the Bill, which was to make it easier for Lesbian and Gay couples to have children, did not include the words “mother” and “father.”
What did Brown fear? Was he concerned that one of his caucus might be labeled a social conservative? Probably. Read this column from iPolitics, for example, about how social conservatives need not apply to be nominated a PC candidate. Obviously, Brown did not expect Oosterhoff to beat Rick Dykstra in Niagara. Ah, such is democracy!
Now I come to those running for the CPC leadership to replace former PM Stephen Harper. It is just like a contagious disease. Just as in Ontario, federal Conservative leaders are constantly whining about political correct issues and their attacks on Leitch are unseemly to say the least. The reality is that Canada doesn’t need or want Liberal-Lite Conservative leaders anywhere in this country.
Which reminds me. All we heard from the media after the Trudeau Liberals won in October 2015 was about the nasty hateful tone that the Harper Conservatives had encouraged. Absolute nonsense! Just listen to the hate being thrown at US Republicans and you will know who really was responsible for the negative tone in Canada’s House of Commons and it wasn’t the Conservatives!
The crux of the matter is that Canadian conservatives need leaders that they can support. Just as Jason Kenney is doing in Alberta and Brad Wall in Saskatchewan, conservatives across this country need to know what Conservative leaders would do differently from their Liberal or NDP counterparts.
Yes, I get letters nearly everyday in my inbox from the federal candidates and ONPC Leader Patrick Brown. In the former, even including Leitch and Max Bernier, I have yet to hear a vision that could beat Justin Trudeau in 2019 and one that I can support on this blog.