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Conservative leadership 2017 – The Real Opposition

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Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper gives a pair of thumbs up gestures as he gives his concession speech after Canada's federal election in CalgaryWow! 14 leadership candidates looking to be the leader of the Conservative party of Canada and the next prime minister. Makes it hard to absorb everyone’s idea’s. Fortunately, like the Republican Party leadership race with 16 candidates, the field will shrink. One thing I noticed in the Halifax debate was how the liberal media party focused on how the other candidates were beating up on Kevin O’Leary. Not true. Out-side of a few cheap shots from Chong and Leitch the debate was pretty tame. Unfortunately the Halifax debate centred around 5 questions with each candidate only getting one minute to answer each question, so the answers were short with few details. The only confusing candidate is Micheal Chong with his global warming and carbon taxing policies. I think he would be better off in the Liberal camp than the conservative.

Most candidates are in tune with the general conservative platform, but the one to win will not only have to have a great platform but will also need great social media skills mixed with a good dose of boldness to beat the Liberal Media Party. There are only a few candidates that fit the bill. The rest are just window dressing to make the race interesting. I’ll bet Trudeau would lose in a heartbeat if it weren’t for the media support.

One candidate with the media savvy and fearlessness to kick media butt is Kevin O’Leary. The CBC has already started censoring his comments by Cutting him off when he Slammed Trudeau in the debate. Just a small taste of what’s to come during the election. They must be worried. O’Leary’s policies are a little progressive but I doubt he’s a globalist like Trudeau’s gang. I think he’s doing his best to come across as progressive for eastern Canada’s benefit. His lack of speaking french, no big deal.

Maxime Bernier is a great candidate  that knows his way around parliament hill. He served in Harper’s cabinet since January 2006. Lots of experience. He seems to be pro small business which s a good thing. He also voiced his doubts about anthropogenic climate change. Doesn’t like to interfere with Provinces. Definitely a fiscal conservative. Unfortunately I think its questionable he will make much headway into Quebec. The conservative message doesn’t resonate in Quebec. It’s going to be Liberal or NDP territory for a few more elections. Bernier needs to win Ontario and some seats in Atlantic Canada if he has any hope to form a government. Nicknamed ‘Mad Max’ and his past to haunt him (Party guy and leaving sensitive documents at his girlfriends home in 2008,), Bernier could also have positioned himself  to right-wing for Ontario, Atlantic Canada and Quebec voters.

Lisa Raitt has good ties to Atlantic Canada and Ontario. Like Bernier she has a good handle on how government works. Against a carbon tax, supports the resource sector, all good conservative traits. The one thing that ticked me off with Raitt was her targeting O’Leary and Leitch for different opinions after she said “never ever speak ill of any conservative ” in 2016 while speaking at the Manning centre. I thought she was more open to discussing all ideas.

For years the Liberal MSM Party has been deciding who in our country has a voice, and who does not.  With the down hill direction Canada is headed , Raitt, Bernier and O’Leary with sound policies all have a chance to beat the liberals in 2019. O’Leary might have the edge due to his media experience.

On May 27, 2017, I hope the Conservative party of Canada is serious about winning and picks a candidate that can do battle with the real opposition, the Liberal media.

 

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Written by Ken McGregor

February 6, 2017 at 7:45 pm

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  1. Act with divisiveness leads to losing. Being realistically pragmatic and able to get people to work as a unit is what we are sorely short of. It’s all about the party first, time for someone to think of why they’re there, to work for the people, first and foremost

    Gerald Fruehwirth

    February 6, 2017 at 10:13 pm


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