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Is Bernier The Conservative Benedict Arnold?

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Is Maxine Bernier sabotaging The Conservative party of Canada or has he just got a case of really bad political judgement?

Just prior to the Conservative 2018 convention in Halifax Bernier launched a tirade of tweets and speeches to do away with supply management. By calling Ontario dairy farmers ‘Fake Conservatives ‘ and not telling the whole story about Canadian milk prices he portrayed  the dairy farmers out to be unscrupulous millionaires. Many of these farmers have been conservatives for decades and here is Bernier kicking them in the face right when the conservatives are having their big convention with all eyes on them. Is this just poor political judgement or is Bernier purposely sabotaging Andrew Scheer the leader of the conservative party?

Supply management may or may not be good for Canada, but it most certainly is not an issue the conservatives what to own going into an election. Since few people in Canada understand the issue, the Liberals with the media friends can easily define it to their own benefit leaving the conservatives on the defensive , especially in vote rich Ontario. I can’t believe that Bernier didn’t know this.

The wiser position for the conservative party to take, rather than trying to explain supply management , is to make Trudeau defend his policies which most Canadians already understand and the media is stuck with since they have been promoting them. It will be a lot easier for Scheer to let Trudeau defend the un-defendable Carbon tax, Illegal immigration, lack of building pipelines, stifling free speech to mention a few. Since an election is short, voters have to quickly understand the issues. Supply management isn’t an issue most voters are going to understand easily. Again, I can’t believe that Bernier didn’t know.

This isn’t the first time that Bernier embarrassed the conservative party and had to leave. As Minister of Foreign Affairs in 2008 under the Harper government Bernier lost classified foreign affairs documents at his girlfriend’s home putting PM Harper’s judgement into serious question. To make matters worse, Bernier girlfriend, Julie Couillard, had links to the criminal underworld. He didn’t even run any security check on her. This is mind boggling how a foreign affairs minister could have let this fiasco take place. I was skeptical it was just bad judgement than just as I am skeptical of the timing of Bernier’s departure from the conservative party now.

Today Bernier continues to embarrass and accuse the federal Conservatives of abandoning its core conservative principles and to start his own party that could split the conservative vote. Just the idea that Bernier, who calls himself a conservative, would knowingly allow the Trudeau liberals an opportunity to win the 2019 election is bizarre to say the least. Again is this just a case of bad judgement?

Andrew Scheer has just come off a big win in Quebec. He has also got Trudeau in a position where he will have to go on the defensive and explain all the liberal policies on illegal immigration , carbon tax to a public that doesn’t want either. A winning strategy.

So! Does Bernier want Andrew Scheer to win or Justin Trudeau to win? His actions against the conservative party is making him look like the Benedict Arnold of the conservative party.

Written by Ken McGregor

August 25, 2018 at 7:19 pm

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