I Now Support The People's Party
December 1st, 2021 | JH
I’m now a People’s Party supporter.
When Maxime Bernier first started his People’s Party, I thought it was a case of bitter and very sour grapes. He lost his leadership bid for the CPC and was ostracized by the Conservatives and exited on a kamikaze mission of defiance. His campaign in 2019 didn’t amount to much and he lost his own seat in Parliament. I thought he was finished.
I watched him over the next two years as he delved into social media and started and stopped a podcast. I suspected he was now just slumming it in alt-lite grift to become an e-celeb. Then he started the anti-lockdown rallies and got arrested in Manitoba. That wasn’t nothing.
“Maybe this guy is actually more than a French Ron Paul after all,” I thought.
Then the 2021 campaign started and the PPC freedom message started catching on in unlikely places. The rallies grew and the podcast appearances increased. Max campaigned harder than anyone else on the trail and shouted himself hoarse with slogans like, “When the law becomes tyranny, revolution becomes our duty.”
Upon listening to lengthy interviews on Michael Malice’s Your Welcome podcast and Jordan Peterson’s podcast, I realized finally that Max means what he says and he’s going for it.
If he was looking to chase cash, he could easily pursue a dozen opportunities that would be more lucrative than his hundred-grand a year running a political party. The guy was VP of Standard Life once upon a time and he’s got a law degree and experience as Minister of Industry and Foreign Affairs. He could easily be on a yacht with a martini in hand, but instead he’s screaming about freedom in farmer’s fields.
He learns from mistakes and has become increasingly red-pilled over the years…moving from Ayn Rand-styled limitations of libertarianism into a less naïve pursuit of calculated dissident politics.
He’s preaching a traditional and difficult set of principles that transcend establishment politics and rarely sell in a democracy and he’s doing so intentionally with a long-term horizon in mind. It’s because of this that I have decided to support the PPC going forward and I hope more traction is gained for the next election.
So why is the PPC a better option than other right-wing parties?
The Conservative Party
If you read Poletical then you’ve likely voted for the Conservative Party at some point in the past. I voted for them in 2004, 2006 and 2011. I was a big fan of Stephen Harper and felt like something extremely important and pivotal was occurring in 2011 when the CPC gained its first and only majority win.
Shortly thereafter I remember reading about party staffers lamenting that Canada is still a left-of-centre country and governing it with a majority would be difficult and nothing transformative would come from a single election win. In other words, Harper’s “strong, stable, conservative, majority government” had simply won a hollow victory and progressive hegemonic ascendency was still on deck.
After ten years in power without much to show for it, Harper suffered a big loss to a deficit promising, ultra-woke, progressive Liberal party led by the dilettante son of Pierre Trudeau. Four years later Andrew Scheer launched a campaign as “Harper with a smile” and that same absurd deficit promising, ultra-woke, progressive Liberal party won again.
What was the Conservative response?
They replaced Andrew Scheer with Erin O’Toole and cucked the party… hard.
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Supporters were so desperate to turf Trudeau and the Liberals that they rallied behind O’Toole nonetheless and only the most strident among us left the CPC for other more right-wing options. The result was predictable:they lost a chunk of the base without attracting enough non-conservatives to replace them. They lost worse than they did in 2019. They lost votes, they lost seats and they lost face.
Now they’re doubling down in hopes that their cucked approach will simply be more timely in the next election. They may be right, as Brian Mulroney famously said in the 2015 election, “The tides come in and the tides go out.”
What he meant by that is that it really doesn’t matter what you do, or believe in, or campaign for, eventually voters just move like the tides and replace Liberals with Conservatives or Conservatives with Liberals. On average Liberals win 75% of the time and the Conservatives win 25% of the time. So, basically, Liberals tend to govern over four or five elections and Conservatives over two or three. This places Erin O’Toole in good standing for the next election. He might just win because it’s time for the Conservatives to win. That’s likely the hope of the party executive. Be vanilla and hope it’s time to win.
For people who believe in and support right-wing politics however, this leaves us in the same position that Conservative Parties have left us in since forever… nowhere. Conservative parties just function as slow progressive parties, tapping on the brakes of a left-leaning bobsled that we all hate to be speeding forward in, but we never stop sliding down that slippery slope.
The Conservative Party is increasingly being referred to as “the PCs” by everyone mentioning them. This is telling. When Stephen Harper and Peter MacKay merged the Canadian Alliance with the Progressive Conservatives they very intentionally named the new creation “The Conservative Party of Canada”. For years afterwards, people called them PCs out of habit. Sometimes even headline writers would conflate the old term with the new party, leading to confusion as to whether the article was referencing provincial or federal politics.
In the past couple of years calling the Conservative Party the “PCs” has returned with a vengeance. I used to think this was a product of the average voter being ignorant and disengaged, but increasingly it appears to be a more honest appraisal of the Conservative Party no longer being conservative in any meaningful manner.
Any institution that is not explicitly right-wing will become left-wing over time by default. The Conservative Party is now at the stage where it has shed the conservative scaffolding completely and embraced cuckservatism in the guise of centrism. Disengaged partisan voters may not be aware of this just yet, especially when the Liberals and NDP are so explicitly leftist by comparison, but the loss of 5% of Conservative support to the PPC has definitely gotten some notice.
Supporting the PPC is the only way to support right-wing politics. Voting for a Conservative Party that is cucking itself for mainstream approval, in hopes that upon winning the party will become something it explicitly isn’t, is not a good strategy for promoting best policy.
Maxime Bernier was right,the Conservative Party is morally and intellectually bankrupt. They want to govern for the sake of governing and will follow the wind in order to do so. Without Harper’s deft leadership and incrementalistic ambition (which failed in the end anyway) the Conservative Party can offer us nothing of value.
The Maverick Party
If you live in Western Canada you may have noticed a political option called The Maverick Party on your menu of candidates. This organization is a Western separatist party that wants to function like the Bloc Quebecois.
I voted for them and we promoted them here at Poletical, but damn… their results were awful.
Now granted, they’re a new party and this was their first election. Most new parties have a rough first showing, but the Maverick Party has a few main problems that will be difficult to overcome.
First of all, in their zeal to avoid the “vote-splitting” controversy, they went too far in protecting the Conservative Party. People are too dumb to understand Jay Hill’s convoluted math regarding a split in safe ridings and, anyway, it looks weak. One Conservative pundit dismissed Maverick as a protest party without the protest. Maxime Bernier referred to them as Conservative Party muppets. Ouch.
"Any institution that is not explicitly right-wing will become left-wing over time by default."
Next time around, they’ve decided to run a full slate of candidates in the West and give up protecting Conservatives. Good, go for the throat. Brand the CPC as “morally and intellectually corrupt” or “they’re just another version of Liberal” and carry on with your campaign. Standing up for the West is a good enough mission and if people are pissed about it let them cry.
Secondly, Maverick needs to drop the separatist angle. Separatism is branded as fringe and crazy right now. Instead focus on “Standing up for the West!” and if pressed about independence be coy and dismissive. Albertans, and the West in general, are not on board with separation. For hardcore conservatives it seems like a no-brainer,we get to start a new country AND rid ourselves of Canada? Hell yeah! When do we start!”, but for ordinary citizens it’s too scary and too risky and too unrealistic and too weird.
Thirdly, unless Maverick grows quickly into a real thing, it’s not going to be taken seriously. Right now it’s a party without a real leader (nobody has even announced intentions to run for leadership and the contest kicks off in the new year)… frankly the party just looks like a dozen or so guys cobbled together a Reform Party spin-off focused mostly on oil and gas interests. They have some chops in terms of experience and organization, but the minus is that they seem unaware of their own blind spots.
The tyranny of the Covid despots was and is a serious problem and it was a serious motivating angle during the election, but the territory was owned by Max’s PPC and only late in the game did I see Maverick candidates following Max’s lead. There are a lot of serious issues Maverick just seems oblivious about.
The boomer-tier fundamentals have the Maverick Party focused on economics almost exclusively. It’s all equalization and pipelines and federal policy negatively affecting oil and gas. Those are worthwhile issues, but it’s all very stuck in the 90’s. The politics of the 21st century is increasingly religious in nature. Climate cult, Covid tyranny, woke progressivism, sexual identity, race, Cultural Marxism…all this stuff is behind the woes of modernity and leads naturally to things like the “No more pipelines” bill or the “no oil tankers on the west coast” bill.
Maxime Bernier and the PPC have a fundamental awareness of these issues and their causes, whereas the Maverick Party is only interested in the constantly occurring symptoms of the problem. Tactically, the Maverick Party makes sense, but strategically I don’t think they really get the bigger picture.
It feels like the party isn’t quite serious. If you want a party that is serious and will promote right-wing policy and perhaps hold the balance of power and push Western interests, then you can get all that with the PPC.
The only missing ingredient you get when voting for the PPC is the sovereignty issue, but let’s be honest…people only took Quebec separatism seriously after separatists were able to muster up the FLQ.
After the FLQ crisis was resolved, political activism pursuing separatism now looked reasonable and rationale in comparison to the revolutionary extreme that people had just glimpsed. In effect, official separatism was legitimized by redirecting separatist energies into establishment institutions. The resolution of the crisis also left Canada’s establishment with the chilling awareness that, “Wow. Things just got real. We need to take this seriously,” and then “appeasing Quebec” set the agenda in Laurentian circles for three generations.
In other words… Albertans don’t have the moxie for revolutionary zeal and until they do, political parties like Maverick will always be denigrated as “hicks from the sticks” complaining about money.
Christian Heritage Party
I voted for the Christian Heritage Party in 2015 and we did an interview with leader Rod Taylor about the ambitions of the party a few years ago. Their platform is possibly the most right-wing of any on offer. Heavily socially conservative and radically fiscally conservative…this party would have been very right-wing even by standards of 70 years ago.
That’s a big part of why I like them.
The downside of this party however, is that it is functionally a “political discussions – with coffee and tea – in the church basement on Friday night!” organization. They have a website and policy, but the CHP is basically a weekly email in between campaigns. When elections are called, a handful of ridings produce candidates that run D.I.Y. type campaigns with very little impact or support. It’s more about existing as an option and showing people that they exist than it is about competing for real.
It’s been 33 years since the CHP first campaigned in an election and they’ve never won a seat. There’s no momentum or enthusiasm, just the dogged determination to offer people an option they never take. Perhaps the CHP should try something different with their time and resources (if any).
The PPC have many of the same principles as the CHP, but they have a wider appeal and greater ambitions. In the long run, the PPC might stagnant and become an email newsletter too, but right now they are on the move and their track record for growth deserves respect and support. Why not use your vote for a party that is challenging, rather than ornamental?
Maxime Bernier has his work cut out for him. He needs to get some big names working with him and expand the brand. He needs a bigger and better ground game with larger and more active members. The PPC has made great strides in the past three years, but now is the time to push it to the next level. If you’re right-wing and you’re looking to get involved or donate money (both of which you must be careful regarding if you do it at all) then at least consider the PPC.
When it comes time for the next vote, definitely consider casting your token vote their way.
It may not be much, but right now, there is no other serious option.
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