The Liberalism Of Erin O'Toole
March 9th, 2020 | RR
Erin O'Toole has had several chances to fire his campaign chair, Walied Soliman, who has proven to be an aggressive social justice warrior and passionate proponent of softer immigration policies. There are other allegations and rumours about Soliman that I won't touch on, either because they are dubious or trivial at best. I would also encourage conservatives to steer clear of unsubstantiated claims and defamation. Soliman's role in O'Toole's campaign is more indicative of the candidate's liberal stance on important issues that matter to grassroots conservatives. Whether it comes to avoidance or quiet approval, Erin O'Toole has a record of liberalism that should concern conservatives who are now rallying behind him as a “true blue” alternative to Peter Mackay.
There are good, principled qualities that make up a part of O'Toole's campaign, like his refusal to march in Toronto Pride until they allow uniformed officers and his stand against legal euthanasia. However, when it comes to being a pure, true blue conservative, Erin O'Toole doesn't make the cut.
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I'm not in favour of ideological purity tests, but I'm also not in favour of letting important issues slide—especially when a candidate changes his tune in less than three years. I'm going to point out some things I find ironic, as well as some things that don't add up. People change and evolve over time, but we should always be cautious when a candidate becomes a totally different person within a short frame of time. Erin O'Toole was never a high profile MP, which makes his recent popularity among the same conservatives who attacked Scheer more forgivable. Many conservatives might not know enough about him to see how he has changed since 2017.
Many of the same people who called Andrew Scheer weak are the same people supporting Erin O'Toole. They ignored Andrew Scheer's solidly conservative voting record in the House Of Commons and attacked him as leader for voting on a motion to support the Paris Accord (a meaningless motion with no real consequences). In fact, Andrew Scheer has had a consistent and solid conservative record throughout his political career up until he became the leader of an ideologically diverse party, which forced him to adapt. As leader, Andrew Scheer stood strong on many of the issues that matter to grassroots conservatives, while bending where he needed to bend in order to appease the more moderate wings.
Many would argue that Erin O'Toole is doing the same. However, in his shorter career as a politician, O'Toole does not have a solid and convincing record.
He Supported An Ideologically Liberal Bill
Before the infamous Bill C-16, known as the gender identity bill, Erin O'Toole supported Bill C-279. Conveniently, just in time for the 2017 CPC leadership race, O'Toole missed the vote on Bill C-16—which ended up pushing the bill closer to royal ascent.
Like Lisa Raitt, who lost her seat in the last election, O'Toole voted for C-279 but skipped the vote on C-16. It's unlikely that Erin O'Toole would have changed his mind on his support for enshrining unscientific and ideological liberal causes into Canadian law, so we can only assume that his absence during a party leadership race was strategic. He didn't want to send the wrong message to the grassroots conservatives whose votes he would have needed to become leader.
In February, O'Toole's spokeswoman, Melanie Paradis, told True North, “It would have been easier for [O'Toole] to vote with the majority of caucus, but he holds individual rights and charter protections in the highest regard.”
So, who voted against Bill C-16? Andrew Scheer. He broke ranks with at least 50 Conservative MPs (a majority), including Maxime Bernier, who voted in support of the bill in October 2016. Many argue the bill further deteriorates free speech in Canada by making it a legitimate criminal offence to question, criticize and ridicule the ideology of transgenderism in the public square.
He Supports Supply Management
O'Toole was right alongside Andrew Scheer and other candidates in supporting what Maxime Bernier supporters call the “dairy cartel” during the 2017 leadership race. Strangely, many of the same people who lobbed fireballs at Andrew Scheer for supporting the Soviet-style system are now throwing their support behind Erin O'Toole.
To many conservatives, supply management was a top issue—above supporting laws that expand hate speech and enshrine unscientific gender rules into Canadian law. Go figure. Bernier and his supporters hardly ever touched on fundamental causes that actually matter to ordinary Canadians. Ironically, it was one of the party's most liberal candidates that proposed abolishing parts of Canada's hate speech laws during the 2017 leadership race: Michael Chong.
To a lot of us, there were bigger fish to fry than supply management—and there still is. Poultry and milk prices aren't at the top of our radars with carbon taxes, corruption, jobs, regional equality and uncontrolled deficits. Yes, it is possible to chew gum and walk at the same time, but that's not what Bernier's hordes were doing on supply management. They put all their eggs in one basket and threw a massive hissy fit when Bernier lost—making supply management their single, defining issue. As far as they were concerned, Andrew Scheer's solid conservative record went out the window. He was now a weak liberal because he supported the dairy cartel. A lot of those same people are now rallying behind O'Toole, now that they've concluded the PPC is a lost cause.
Luckily, supply management won't be around this time. Someone will likely mention it, but it'll fall under the radar. However, it is hilariously ironic to think that the same people who attacked Scheer in 2017 are now supporting Erin O'Toole. Either they agree with me and have come to their senses about having bigger fish to fry, or they've decided to forget who Erin O'Toole was three years ago.
Furthermore, we can all agree that Canada has more than one cartel to deal with. When the time comes, most conservatives will support ending them all.
He Warmly Embraced Peter Mackay's Support In 2017
To be fair, Peter Mackay appeared at an Andrew Scheer fundraiser during the last leadership race—but, he never headlined it. In March of 2017, just weeks before the official vote to elect a new leader, Peter Mackay headlined a lavish fundraiser for Erin O'Toole in Toronto. It wasn't just an appearance.
The Globe & Mail had this to say:
Mr. MacKay could not be reached for comment on Wednesday, and it remains unknown if he will support anyone in the coming weeks.
However, supporters of Mr. O'Toole said his appearance at the fundraiser was the type of "positive signal" that showcases their candidate's momentum with less than two months to go.
With all of this talk from the O'Toole campaign about Peter Mackay being a Red Tory, one can't help but wonder how much of this “true blue” act is just theatrics. The same people were singing a different tune in 2017 when it came to using Mackay's name to raise money and telling the media his support was a “positive signal”.
Jason Kenney Supports Increased Immigration, Carbon Taxes And Erin O'Toole
During the 2017 leadership race, Jason Kenney slammed Kellie Leitch's proposed test for Canadian Values. Jason Kenney spent a lot of time working as Stephen Harper's Minister Of Immigration, which involved expanding the Temporary Foreign Worker Program—which has since been called a mistake by top level Harper bureaucrats and conservative voters. Above all, Kenney's entire political career has focused extensively on lenient immigration policies, open borders and ethnic pandering.
Jason Kenney has since imposed an industrial carbon tax on Albertans, which came as a shock for many conservatives who voted for him. After campaigning against the carbon tax, Kenney imposed one himself—leaving Albertans to pay two carbon taxes on consumer goods. One comes from the federal Liberals, the other comes from Alberta industries that will inevitably have to charge someone for their increases in operational costs.
"Many of the same people who called Andrew Scheer weak are the same people supporting Erin O'Toole."
To summarize, Erin O'Toole now has Jason Kenney's support in the Conservative leadership race. On top of that, his campaign chair is Walied Soliman. Together, the two of them support open borders and carbon taxes (Soliman worked for Patrick Brown in Ontario, who also supported a carbon tax). If you're good at math, you can see two people who support two things that many conservatives strongly oppose.
Erin O'Toole still has some time to get his act together and prove he is really the true blue conservative he claims to be. By keeping certain company, he's going against all of the things he claims to be fighting for. His magical transition from milquetoast to warrior is suspicious, but it might be working to reel in the gullible conservatives who also thought Maxime Bernier was authentic.
Fool me once.....
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