March 19th, 2017 | J. Hodgson
March 23rd, 2017 | R. Rados
The vote is in. Canada's House Of Commons passed the controversial anti-Islamophobia motion, M-103, with only 91 Nay votes coming from Conservatives. Critics have argued that M-103 is "just a motion" and has no real consequences, which makes us wonder why anyone would then bother with it. It could be argued that M-103 was one of the most important motions in recent memory, even if it fails to result in any new legislation. Out of all the sitting Conservative MPs, it appears only one showed up on March 23 to join Liberals and New Democrats to vote in favour of M-103. Others were absent, leaving us no choice but to dig into their histories and determine for ourselves what their positions would have been.
March 15th, 2017 | Contributors
Conservatives will need to make a choice in the next couple of months. A lot of members have been conflicted, but clear choices are emerging from the 14 candidates currently running for the party's leadership. A ranked ballot will make people's decisions a little bit easier, allowing them to rank their choices in order of preference. All party members will be mailed a ballot in April, which they will need to send back in the mail with a copy of their photo ID. The other option will be to visit a designated polling station. On the night of May 27, votes will be tabulated and the winner will be determined in a series of rounds until one candidate allocates 51% of the points required for victory.
March 10th, 2017 | J. Hodgson
Erin O’Toole is slowly building an army of support among Conservative members. Little by little he’s winning over both his own colleagues and the conservative grassroots with his ambitious vision of a prosperous, forward-looking Canada that tackles problems head on. He’s not just a warmed up Harper leftover and he’s not trying to radically redefine Canadian conservatism. Erin is like a combination of John Diefenbaker and Hugh Segal. He strikes me as being in the tradition of the One Nation Tory, but with specifically targeted ambitions on national defence, effective governance and staving off Canada’s looming demographic challenges. In this interview Erin lays out his vision for opening the north, rebuilding the military, countering liberal media bias and more.
March 5th, 2017 | J. Hodgson
Andrew Scheer is quickly emerging as the consensus candidate that many card-carrying CPC members are looking for. After a series of strong debate performances, Scheer has rocketed up the list of Poletical’s leadership tracker, where he regularly battles for top spot. And why shouldn’t he? He’s young, smart, articulate, bilingual, and solidly conservative. The aftermath of the election in 2015 led many Conservative voters to believe that what the party needed was simply a change in tone. A “Harper 2.0” is a strong option in this race and a legitimate path to victory. Is Andrew Scheer the guy we want? Is he the guy we need?
March 1st, 2017 | R. Rados
It's simple. Canada is a multicultural society, but most of the immigrants who have come to Canada over time share the same values. Most immigrants believe that freedom is a part of Canadian culture. The fact that Canadians can freely identify with any religion or philosophy without going to prison is why most immigrants have come to Canada in the first place. Others have come to reap the rewards of a freer economy. But, as time has gone on, many immigrants have realized that Canada is now accepting people who may not share the same values. When values like freedom, free speech, democracy and free association come under threat from an opposing ideology, immigrants get just as uncomfortable as we dumb, racist whites do.
March 1st, 2017 | Liberty 5-3000
What can be said is this: it does no good to promote the value of free speech, when the topics that should be discussed ‘freely’ have never been brought to our attention in the first place, have been significantly played down or obfuscated, or our youth haven’t been shown the historical tragedies that will replicate themselves again should free speech be completely abolished within Canadian society. All of this has its origination within the education system, and to hold free speech as a virtue without being educated on its value, means that virtue is one that is held by default, without deep conviction, and accordingly, is susceptible to being persuaded against.
March 1st, 2017 | M. Menuck
March 1st, 2017 | T. Carter
It is curious that the United States has not yet had the foundations of its establishment rocked, like the United Kingdom has, with allegations of high level pedophilia and prostitution. As I described in December, the UK has been reeling from an extraordinary number of exposures in recent years that have implicated some of the country's most prominent figures in child trafficking and prostitution scandals. It's beginning to seem more unfeasible that no one in high ranking positions in the United States have ever engaged in illegal acts involving children. Widespread scandals in several countries have been uncovered over the years, but nothing similar has yet shattered the Washington establishment in America. Nothing that we know of, anyway.
March 1st, 2017 | R. Rados
There isn't much time left in the Conservative leadership race. Time has been flying and it seems like just yesterday that Michael Chong, Kellie Leitch and Maxime Bernier were the only declared candidates. Now, there is just under three months left until party members cast their votes on a ranked ballot to determine the winner out of 14 candidates. All major scientific polls have contradicted each other and Poletical's leadership tracker shows no clear winner, meaning that this race hasn't changed much in the past six months. Members seem conflicted and indecisive, which could drag the race into a third round and crown a winner who never had the support of a strong majority. At a time when we have no idea who the next leader will be, we do have some excellent policy proposals that should be adopted by the Conservative Party regardless of who wins the leadership.
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