Maxime Bernier Was Right About This

April 1st, 2020 | RR

The Conservative Party is morally and intellectually corrupt. It wasn't me who said that, it was Maxime Bernier. Although his party doesn't really offer an honest or viable alternative to the Conservatives, Bernier was right when he accused the CPC of being out of touch and morally inept. He is among a growing number of disaffected conservatives who have taken their business elsewhere, or who are now planning to. After the Conservative Party's latest leadership debacle, more of us are seeing the same kind of party that Maxime Bernier saw when he decided to pack his bags and leave.

When the party appointed a pathetic liberal like Lisa Raitt to chair its leadership commission, what did we really expect would happen? The feminist clown stood for nothing but flowery platitudes in the last leadership race and lost her seat in the October election. Instead of seeing her off, the party hired her to run the party's next leadership race—which was set into motion after a bunch of failed strategists and insiders stabbed Andrew Scheer in the back. A lot of those same people now work for Peter Mackay and Erin O'Toole, who both happen to be two of the softest and most progressive candidates in recent memory—ironically.

Erin O'Toole is suddenly a culture warrior with tough words for the radical left, while Peter Mackay is still the flake he was twenty years ago. The guy couldn't even muster a backbone to deal with his own handlers when they abruptly cut off an interview with CTV News in February. When it came to standing up against illegal blockades, he deleted a tweet defending those who took it upon themselves to tear down the barricades—after a mob of outraged leftists made a fuss and accused him of supporting vigilante justice. When it comes to being strong, Peter Mackay fails miserably. It's kind of pathetic to watch, really.

Erin O'Toole was one of the most milquetoast candidates in the 2017 leadership race. He was afraid to stand up against supply management, he was afraid to use terms like “radical left” and he probably would have been afraid to refuse to march in Pride parades. Fast forward to 2020 and Erin O'Toole is a reformed man. Of course, I mean that in an Alex DeLarge kind of way.

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When a couple of contrarian shit-disturbers decided to enter the race and challenge the two chosen ones, Lisa Raitt's little gang stepped in. Among the disqualified candidates was Jim Karahalios, who helped stop Patrick Brown and Liberals from implementing a carbon tax in Ontario. If you've ever seen Karahalios in action, you know what a threat he would have posed to O'Toole and Mackay. For that, he needed to be removed.

The excuse for removing Karahalios was probably linked to a complaint from the O'Toole campaign. Of course, we'll never know the exact reason(s) behind his disqualification, because the party has chosen the least transparent approach—but, rest assured, it had more to do with Karahalios being an excellent debater with superior sparring skills. Had he been allowed to spar with O'Toole and Mackay, he would have turned them both into gibbering, stuttering wrecks in any debate. Jim Karahalios was by far one the toughest, most well-spoken and most energizing candidates in the race—until he was disqualified.

Allegedly, Karahalios met the qualifications and raised the required $300,000, yet he was disqualified. If the party disqualified him for any other reasons besides the complaints received from O'Toole and his gullible minions, they should come clean. Did Karahalios break other rules? If he did and they are keeping it quiet, they're hurting the party and its long term viability.

So Much For Unity

Given a bit more time, Andrew Scheer would have successfully united conservatives. He won the popular vote and broke historical records for the party, but a bunch of opportunistic losers wanted their pound of flesh. Just as the party and grassroots conservatives were coming together following a disastrous leadership race in 2017, they now face being divided and ripped apart again by the party's establishment.

By disqualifying candidates who raise the required money and obtain the signatures and support, the Conservative Party is shooting itself in the foot. The slate of candidates is already small, with only about four likely candidates on the ballot, so there is no need to trim it down even further.

"Erin O'Toole was one of the most milquetoast candidates in the 2017 leadership race."

If Jim Karahalios was disqualified for being abrasive and attacking his fellow candidates, the party may have found it too disruptive and divisive—but disqualifying a candidate for his campaign style only makes matters worse. A lot of conservatives were ready to support Karahalios and they agreed with his message that both Erin O'Toole and Peter Mackay are weak. Furthermore, they agreed with his honest attacks against the staff members of each campaign—who all, at one point or another, needed to betray someone to get to where they are. He also took shots at the party's establishment, which many conservatives feel is a necessary step in cleaning up the party.

The disqualification of Jim Karahalios only reaffirms the lack of trust many conservatives have. If the party was looking to reel back disaffected conservatives who left to support the PPC, they've made the wrong move. Even people (like myself) who were willing to stick around and see where it all goes are throwing in the towel.

Just as Andrew Scheer's win divided conservatives in 2017, his ouster is dividing them in 2020. Now, with a rigged and tightly managed leadership race, the divisions will only grow.

The Party Is Morally Corrupt

There are those who will defend the coronation of either Peter Mackay or Erin O'Toole. “Anything to beat Justin Trudeau,” they'll say. I would have agreed under the condition that we had at least one real conservative running in this leadership race. Unfortunately, we don't.

Leslyn Lewis and Derek Sloan are the only two alternatives, but their chances of winning the leadership are slim. Also, how long do they have before they, too, get disqualified for being too aggressive, honest or socially conservative? There is a commission of morons making their own rules—meaning a candidate can probably be disqualified and removed at any time, without a valid explanation.

If that sounds like a morally sound and democratic way to choose a leader, you might belong in the Conservative Party. Better yet, you might belong in China—where leaders are chosen by a group of partisan bureaucrats to ensure the election of loyal sycophants. With a federal government now contemplating gun confiscation, a website registry, blatant power grabs and stronger hate speech laws, the last thing Canadians need is another federal party with Orwellian instincts.

If this is how the Conservative Party runs its own internal politics, how do you think it will run the country?

Drop Your Support

If you can't stomach the way the Conservative Party is managing its leadership process, it might be time to drop your support for the party. I get it, Justin Trudeau needs to go—but don't worry, he will. Other political parties will rise from the ashes on both the left and right, so you shouldn't be afraid to put your support somewhere else. Before October, I would have said the opposite, but the way this party has let its true colours show over the past few months is devastating. 

As for beating Justin Trudeau in the next election, Conservatives are only diminishing their chances. The party has a fair chance in the next election, but if they win, what will really change under a Peter Mackay or Erin O'Toole government? If this whole process divides conservatives and drives them to the PPC or into disenchanted obscurity, Conservatives will barely win a minority in the next election. Even under an O'Toole or Mackay majority, we shouldn't expect a big shift from what Trudeau is doing now. We would get bigger government, the same transparency, more immigration, more silly boutique tax credits and some hidden carbon taxes like Alberta.

Don't forget, many of the people working for O'Toole and Mackay supported a national carbon tax. O'Toole would probably support more censorship, despite his call to “end cancel culture”. His efforts to have Karahalios kicked out are proof of his thin skin. Peter Mackay can't even stand up to his own staff in an interview, so there is no conceivable way he would stand up to lobbyists, left-wing media and special interests. Mackay and O'Toole have spines made of jelly. They will both sway in whatever direction the wind blows.

If you think that kind of leadership is a good alternative to how Justin Trudeau is running the country, good luck. You deserve the Canada you'll get under this new Conservative Party.

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