We Need Bernier's Ideas, Not Him
To start, Maxime Bernier's ideas aren't his own. He has been borrowing from Ron Paul, the Libertarian Party, Trump and several capitalist and libertarian think-tanks since he conveniently converted to a pro-liberty politician in and around 2013. A lot of “his” ideas are good ones, some of them are terrible. The real uncertainty lies in Bernier's actual understanding of “his” own ideas. His clueless support for Bill C-16 in 2016, then his hasty rebuke of his own support for Bill C-16, gave us a glimpse into the confused mind of a guy who was lazily trying to represent ideas he didn't really understand.
Bernier's leadership campaign was sparse on any free speech policies, unlike Scheer's campaign, which threw in some policies that not only acknowledged free speech, but promised to protect it. In fact, Andrew Scheer was one of the few members of the Conservative caucus to vote against Bill C-16. He understood the bill and wasn't perplexed by it, because he was an inherent and instinctual supporter of free speech—as you would expect any self-proclaimed libertarian like Bernier to be.
When Bernier declared he was leaving the Conservative Party to start a new party, I realized that my choice to not rank him on my Conservative Party leadership ballot was one the best voting decisions I ever made. Just as I suspected, Maxime Bernier is insincere, disingenuous, irrational and he has the political instincts and discipline of a house fly.
Days before the Conservative leadership vote, thinking he had a good chance of winning, I started penning an essay in support of Maxime Bernier. I was willing to tell everyone who refused to back him to leave or shut up. Had he won, he would have won fair and square—I was willing to wholly support him. However, he lost and here we are today, watching him act like the sore and pathetic loser he is. We all probably saw this coming, since Bernier's childish supporters still haven't been able to act like adults after a whole year since the leadership convention.
It should be expected that Bernier's supporters will try to use his exit as leverage when trying to pass some of their policies at the Conservative Party convention in Halifax. If you're reading this after the convention, you can bet some of them did just that. They would have tried to get policies (many good ones) passed by threatening to turn in their CPC memberships and join Maxime Bernier's new party. Hopefully, some of the good policies would have passed, but many of Bernier's most staunch supporters would have been told to pack their things and go home. It's only fair that if his supporters aren't willing to rebuke him, they should do us all the favour of getting lost. They should have no say in any Conservative policy unless they're willing to do so.
With that said, many of Bernier's ideas are needed in the Conservative Party. However, he's a charlatan, a rat and a disingenuous blowhard who needs to leave. If anyone still supports him, they should quit wasting our time. Maxime Bernier is an empty, opportunistic vessel. His ideas can carry on without him—and they should.
They were never his ideas to begin with.
The Conservative Party doesn't need Maxime Bernier. He won't ever be the prime minister of Canada—you can quote that. I'm that confident in his incompetence and lack of resolve that I can tell you to screenshot this paragraph so you can hope to hold it against me in a few years. I'll be right, you'll be wrong. The only outcome of this will be a split conservative vote, which will leave Justin Trudeau in the PMO for another decade. The Conservative Party came together as a united party and then selected a leader named Stephen Harper. After Harper, they came together again to select a second leader who won the support of 51% of the party. The third leader could have been Maxime Bernier.
I've been writing about, pushing, promoting and advocating “Bernier's ideas” since before Maxime Bernier decided he would become a libertarian in 2013. Look it up. Poletical was spawned in 2012 on the basis of the things he has been talking about. Up until libertarian ranks became infested with irrational, utopian dreamers and mouth-breathers, I used to call myself one.
Identity politics has been the bane of my existence for as long as I can remember. I've viewed the mainstream media as a slanted “enemy of the people” since I watched them slaughter the cleanest and most respectable presidential candidate in American history, Mitt Romney, in 2012. I read Atlas Shrugged in my early twenties and started an anti-NDP website in Saskatchewan long before I even knew who Ayn Rand was. When I first started hearing about Maxime Bernier in 2013, I got excited.
Today, I have more respect for the rotting dish cloth hanging over my kitchen sink than I have for Maxime Bernier.
Andrew Scheer was the right choice for leader. Had he lost, you can bet your bottom dollar he wouldn't have quit. Partisanship and tribalism are terrible things, but Bernier's decision to branch out and start a new tribe isn't how you solve the problems we're facing. Andrew Scheer's record as a conservative is thoroughly documented and his voting record is archived for everyone to find. Andrew Scheer is the furtherst thing from a liberal, but he leads a big tent now. His tone and vision need to adapt, just as Stephen Harper's did. Those calling Scheer a “cuck” and a liberal are as clueless as you would expect any Bernier supporter to be. They don't read, they don't pay attention, they're childish and they have no understanding of how Canada works. They are all stuck in their Twitter echo chambers, ferociously retweeting rants about supply management, legalized weed and free beer.
People who oppose supply management and mass immigration need representation, there is no doubt about it. Maxime Bernier could have been the guy to push the ideas within the party, eventually taking his message into the PMO. Instead, he chose to be a sore loser. His decision to leave could go any way. Either the conservative vote will split, or Canadians will ignore Bernier. Regardless of how it all plays out next year, someone will face a catastrophic loss. If it's Bernier, he'll disappear. If it's Scheer, we'll have Trudeau for another 12 years.