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Conservative Party leadership ballot — and how I’m ranking my vote

How did I decide how to mark my Conservative Party leadership ballot?

Virtually all the candidates spout the same lines on personal and corporate taxes (lowering them), and some other key issues.

So I judged based a variety of other factors where the candidates’ position on issues were actually different: abortion, gun rights, supply management, ending the CBC, carbon tax; and the more esoteric things like their the detail of their plans, their web site and the information contained therein, history, how they managed the narrative, and a host of other things.

The fact that there were 14 candidates, and so the attendant lack of my time for this, and the confusion and laziness that such a big roster brings to my table — also played a pretty big role in my balloting, especially after rank 5. That, and enormous boredom after this seemingly 58-year-long leadership process.

1. Maxime Bernier
2. Brad Trost
3. Pierre Lemieux
4. Andrew Scheer
5. Erin O’Toole
6. Steven Blaney
7. Andrew Saxton
8. Chris Alexander
9. Kellie Leitch
10. Deepak Obhrai

—- Voters only get 10 choices —-

11. Rick Peterson
12. Lisa Raitt
13. Michael Chong

Kevin O’Leary would have been #10 or so.

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Maxime Bernier gets our endorsement for Conservative Party leadership

Since its launch in about 2000, has stood for solid true-blue conservatism. No, all you leftists reading this (and we know you’re there thanks to all your ever-so gracious and tolerant and inclusive emails), we’re not “alt-right” (whatever that means, and we know for certain you don’t); and no, we’re not “extreme right-wing” (whatever that means, and we know you call all right-wingers “extreme” — well either that or “Nazis” or “fascists”); and no, we’re not “you wanna put us back to the year 1950” (an era they have utterly no clue about since they were mostly born in the 1980s and think world history began just then).

Over the years, just being outspokenly conservative and speaking conservative in bold colors frequently put us at odds with the cool kids and the smart set (all self-described), who learned their values from the left-wing public school teachers and a government-mandated left-wing Canadian culture — as promulgated by the liberals’ state-owned CBC and its propagandist left-wing news division; and by the rest of the mainstream media in Canada (and with not just a little help from the left in America).

We didn’t care. We pressed on. In fact we just got more energy from the leftist onslaught, and from their emails sent immediately after we launched, angrily exclaiming “you’ve got to be joking,” and demanding we change our website’s name, and literally mocking us for standing up for plain old conservative values. We believe we helped the Conservatives win back in 2006, by emboldening conservatives across Canada with our dedication to speaking conservative in bold colors and advancing the irrefutable conservative facts of life. So we appreciate a candidate who has endured as we have, because it takes guts, it risks a lot on a personal level, and it takes a strong sense of principle.  Conservative principle.

You can then see why choosing which candidate to endorse for the new leader of the Conservative Party, seventeen or more years on from our start, is therefore largely based on the longevity of the candidates’ true-blue conservative credentials; and their long-held and outspoken conservative principles. For example, while he ultimately disappointed in some ways (nobody’s perfect), Stephen Harper passed the sniff test back in the day, while Peter MacKay and Belinda Stronach and others did not.

And since we think we’ve succeeded, we see the value in the ability of others — Conservative Party leaders — who can lead Canadians toward conservative principles with their conservative outspokenness and ability to communicate and promote solid conservative facts and values in a compelling way.

When it comes to maintaining a history of conservative values and speaking out for them in bold colors, one current candidate stands way above the rest: Maxime Bernier.

Bernier has a very long record of outspoken true-blue conservative values, very often (alas, unwittingly) positioning himself with the likes of us, and likewise being slammed by the leftists at the CBC, in Parliament, and everywhere else  — without skipping a beat, and just carrying on. Speaking in bold colors, and surviving, and winning.

No candidate comes close when you factor in the longevity of outspokenness about conservative values. But also importantly, Maxime Bernier has never wavered on his conservative values. Over the years Bernier has had, and still maintains, all of these values, and has plainly stated them in his current candidacy for leader of the Conservative Party:

  • Bernier is very pro gun and he (alone) gets an A+ rating from Canadian Coalition for Firearm Rights
  • Bernier is for ending state-controlled marketing boards and supply management in agriculture
  • Slashing the state-owned CBC, adopt a PBS model, refocus its mandate to end competition against private business
  • Keeping the state-run regulator behemoth, the CRTC, out of our lives; phase it out
  • Lowering our income taxes
  • Decentralizing and shrinking the federal government
  • Scrapping the idea of a carbon tax
  • Ending corporate welfare
  • Dropping the corporate tax rate
  • Ending the bribing of Canadians with boutique tax credits
  • Abolishing the capital gains tax
  • Privatizing the relic Canada Post
  • Getting Ottawa out of healthcare and shifting it back to the provinces
  • Ending the stupid provincial equalization program
  • Reducing immigration and limiting it to those who will help fulfill Canada’s economic needs
  • Reining-in the United Nations or as Bernier puts it: “Foreign policy must focus on the security and prosperity of Canadians — not pleasing the dysfunctional United Nations”

Maxime BernierThese are all things this web site and its many columnists over the years have spoken out for. Have we gone further on some of these issues? Yes — especially with regard to the state-owned CBC, where we (or at least I) have advanced the notion not of not only “ending” it, but enshrining a principle in our constitution prohibiting the state from even being in any business and competing against its own citizens.

And do we utterly oppose Bernier on any issues? Yes. On abortion, for example, he voted against Kitchener MP Stephen Woodworth’s pro-life Motion 312 in 2012, but says he’s open to debate in Parliament. That’s a fail. On the other hand, he voted against Bill C-14, the Liberals’ 2016 bill to legalize doctor-assisted dying. If you think it seems like he’s a little conflicted on the subject of “life,” we agree.

And one picayune and possibly obtuse matter: Bernier speaks with a strong Quebec French accent. Not Jean Chretien strong, but it’s right out there. We view that as a negative in the English-speaking world insofar as electability, although it may assist him in Quebec.

(I imagine leftists out reflexively racing to call me a “racist” now, or some such banality, but actually I’m not against or “phobic” about people with French accents. My dad had a strong French accent until the day he died — he came from France and Belgium way back in 1959. He had a better vocabulary than anyone in English, but never lost the accent).

It’s not about being anti-French, or anti-Quebec, it’s about electability — particularly in the rural and suburban west where many people have some disdain for Quebec and thus Quebecers. Far be it for us to explain the idiosyncrasies of others, but the electability issue of a French-accented candidate is very real. Those who know my history know I admired, for a time, Pierre Trudeau. One of his foremost qualities was his ability to speak almost perfect English and French — with no accents in either language at all. Love it or hate it, that’s a Canadian quality nobody besides him has, in my lifetime, mastered. Bernier should work on speaking English without an accent.

As for experience, Bernier is once again tough to beat. He has Bachelor’s degree in Commerce, he is a lawyer, and he has two decades’ worth of private-sector business experience (mostly banking). He has also of course been in elected government — since 2006 — and has held cabinet positions in the Industry and Foreign Affairs ministries.

Maxime Bernier describes himself as a libertarian on most issues. All true conservatives have some libertarian bent.

Bernier will lead the party well, and can lead Canadians to a new appreciation for conservative economic principles, especially if he can adjust his accent. We think he can win the next election for conservatives and Conservatives.

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Conservative Party of Canada being led by effete blowhards? Cancel your membership.

To Canadian liberals like Conservative Party busy-bodies Geoff Norquay and Peter MacKay, tripe like this, found at the state-owned CBC website, seems to be perfectly fine:

“No sympathy whatsoever for this guy or any other soldier killed in Afghanistan. You want to go play with guns and go to foreign countries to murder innocent people? Then this is what you deserve.  And before all you neo-cons out there start telling me to show respect for people ‘guarding my freedom’ and other such nonsense, save it.  The soldiers are nothing but common war criminals…”
— reader comment by “Communist4Ever” to a news article about Canadian soldiers being killed in Afghanistan

But they go ballistic when a comedian on a purposely over-the-top comedy show broadcast at 3:00 AM to a tiny audience —on Fox News Channel (and the source is absolutely key, here) —rightly mocks one of the stupidest comments I’ve ever heard by any military imageleader of any military on Earth. (The Canadian Lt. General said — in public — that Canada’s military will need to take “a break” in July 2011, to rest, and get some more personnel and military equipment, since, he admitted, we’ll be running out by then.  Seriously. He said that.  To the world.  Hey Osama, let’s strike Canada during their previously arranged and publicly announced national defence break time!  It’ll be even easier!).

Then they’re offended enough to speak out  —against the Fox News Channel joker.  And demand that Canadians cancel their Fox News Channel subscriptions in protest.

“Isn’t this the perfect time to invade this ridiculous country? They have no army,” FNC’s Greg Gutfeld jokingly quipped at 3:00 AM.  Which turns out to be sort of spot-on rather than merely joke-y.  Liberals—many Canadians generally—don’t get all indignant when lies are told about them—they hate it when the truth is told.  That’s when they go ballistic.

Instead of correcting the insane lack of defence information that we as a nation have just betrayed to International Terrorist HQ, or God forbid demanding apologies from the sacred CBC, Conservative Party front men (men?) Geoff Norquay and Peter MacKay, as if on cue, choose to whine like belligerent little girls when an American (and moreover, Fox News Channel) comedian, whose profession is precisely to be crass and biting as possible and whose reputation is precisely for making the most bombastic statements of sarcastic, un-serious rhetoric on television, rightly mocks Canada for its military spokesman’s idiotic and nationally embarrassing remark (and “early learning” for terrorists —wink!).  It’s like Bizarro World.

And as if to purposely mock themselves and Conservatives and Canada generally even further, the ever so offended Conservative spokesmen demand an apology to Canada, and of course in addition, in protest, suggests that all Canadians cancel their subscriptions to Fox News Channel — the only even remotely conservative-friendly — and pro-military—network available to North Americans.

How embarrassing for the Conservatives.  And all of us.

I have a better idea.  I think instead of canceling Fox News Channel subscriptions, Canadians should all cancel their Conservative Party memberships and refuse to re-join or contribute their cash until they get rid of picayune effetes like Geoff Norquay—and many other ineffectual losers just like them in the party—and become a party with balls and brains, and one which employs people who keep a little busier with important work instead of liberal-populist busy-body tripe.  (Sadly we can’t cancel our CBC subscriptions because the CBC-supporting Conservative government maintains the legal mandate that all Canadians, by rule of law, pay for—and receive for no extra cost by cable and satellite providers—the leftist CBC and its leftist propaganda.  We’re not allowed to cancel the CBC.  And they’re fine with that).

Ever so offended Defence Minister Peter McKay says of this comedian and his purposely ridiculous words on Fox News Channel at 3:00 AM:  “It’s crass, it’s insensitive, it’s in fact disgusting given the timing where Canada is just receiving back four fallen heroes here at CFB Trenton” … and added that the Canadian government will be demanding an apology from the panel and from Fox.  Did he just read a book called “How to Bait a Comedian”?

So I have another better idea:  Let’s demand an apology from Defence Minister Peter MacKay, and all governments who up to this point have allowed our military to rust-out and fall short to the point where we need to take a “break”.

And hey, maybe Mr. Sensitive could demand an apology from the truly idiotic CBC for allowing that hateful extremist garbage on that web site!  Nah.  I know.  Too ballsy.  Too not “moderate” to criticize such yummy leftist hateful and utterly, truly, unfunny anti-Canadian bullcrap.  Maybe also too revealing of even that ounce of pro-Canadian conservatism.  And most importantly, not at all appeasing to Canada’s liberals and leftists and anti-Americans and the other effete Canadians just like him.

These liberals are an embarrassment to me and my country. They demean Canada more than Fox News Channel’s Greg Gutfeld, the target of their faux, righteous indignation and manufactured outrage ever could, because Gutfeld is joking, and they’re serious.  (Gutfeld has, by the way, apologized nonetheless.  Too bad.  I’d have counseled otherwise).

What a bunch of hypocritical blowhards the Canadian Conservatives have become—and maybe even most Canadians—under the “leadership” of liberals who now surround us, like liberal Conservatives-in-name-only Geoff Norquay, and Peter McKay, and liberalvision like the CTV and all the other media covering this non-story (and they all are).

Cancel your Conservative Party memberships.  Subscribe to Fox News Channel.  It’s the best channel in Canada.


Wanna be worm McKay
Too late.  I stopped supporting the CPC some time ago.  Indeed, ever see the titles of some CBC programming – slamming the US for secret CIA prisons, slamming GWB, ect….Apparently we don’t need to have a spine in Canada.  Sure what Gutfeld said was ignorant on the face of it, but what liberal anti-FNC operative dug this up?  Surely only 2 Canadians even watched that episode of Red Eye.  I am far more disgusted by McKay’s feigned outrage than Gutfeld’s comments.

It is rather petty for McKay to bully a private business into an apology.  It would have been different if we were taking about someone in the US Cabinet or maybe even the Congress.  Is McKay gonna use the powers of the CRTC and Human Rights Commissions him and Harper will not get rid of to hunt down every comedian that slams Canada.  He will be as busy as Richard Warman.

I actually think this story was drug up to get Shaw or Rogers to dump FNC.

Jason B
Victoria, BC

your rant

That rant pretty much strips this whole bit of nonsense down to its core.
Have not seen anything even remotely close anywhere in the MSM.  Thanks.

Ward B

effete blowhards

I agree that’s it’s an embarrassing over reaction. I don’t believe this was directed at our soldiers so much as government and politicians. It was distasteful, rude and poorly timed but so what. If nobody said anything only a few thousand people would have heard it in the first place. For so many conservatives to fall for this as well as a Conservative government is just as shameful. And as you note Joel after all of what we are exposed to on a daily basis from the likes of the CBC and Heather Mallick for example to no outrage at all from our Conservatives or anyone else in this country besides us out of touch knuckle draggers like ourselves.

My son just returned from his deployment and has lost 2 friends in the last three weeks.  So don’t anyone get the idea I don’t understand or know what I’m talking about in regard to people serving. Canadians have proven once again our people that serve in our military are heroes and the rest are wankers.

I stopped sending cheques to the CPC quite some time ago. I will only donate to conservative causes. And the CPC hardly qualifies.

Liberal wankers whine and cry about such things. I don’t expect it from Conservatives or conservatives. Does anybody wonder why we have so much problem? Testicles are in very short supply in Canada. Our ancestors would be ashamed of us and so should we.

Dan C_______


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