One day after announcing my bid to enter the Conservative Party Leadership race, the campaigns of Peter MacKay and Erin O’Toole took to the pro-carbon tax Globe & Mail to proclaim their plans to “roll back” and “scrap” Justin Trudeau’s carbon tax, respectively. For weeks, neither candidate had said anything about fighting the carbon tax. Click here for the story.
Since then, our campaign has received support from grassroots conservatives across Canada. We have volunteers collecting endorsement signatures every day. Renew your Conservative Party membership and return the completed endorsement form by following the instructions below.
Over the same week, MacKay and O’Toole have attempted to portray themselves as “true blue” conservatives even though we all know they are actually “Red Tories.”
Back in 2016, Patrick Brown deployed the same strategy. He campaigned for Ontario PC Party leader as a “true blue” conservative committed to rescinding any carbon tax, only to betray grassroots conservatives by reversing course as leader and championing a Justin Trudeau style carbon tax for Ontario. And MacKay and O’Toole publicly supported Brown and his liberal pro-carbon tax agenda.
That’s when I founded the Axe The Carbon Tax campaign – to oppose carbon taxes, in any form, and by any disguise. I can still remember the “experts” announcing that the carbon tax debate in Canada was over and that conservatives couldn’t win in Ontario if they were opposed to carbon taxes.
We proved them wrong. But it did not come easy.
Instead of spring-boarding off the support of the Axe the Carbon Taxmovement, Brown and his team tried to destroy it – and me – in the process.
In one week in November 2017, the Ontario PC Party executive:
- Revoked my PC Party membership;
- Barred me from attending the party’s policy conference; and
- Sued me, Axe the Carbon Tax, and the Take Back Our PC Partycampaign, in a lawsuit designed to inflict financial harm.
Fortunately, I beat the Ontario PC Party in court! The judge dismissed the lawsuit ruling that it was “without merit” and a “frivolous” attempt to stifle my ability to participate in the political process. Click here to read more.
It was a victory for free speech, for the grassroots, for the fight against corruption, and for the fight against the carbon tax!
Shortly thereafter, the Ontario PC Party reversed its position on a carbon tax and then won the 2018 general election with a thunderous majority – predominantly fueled by a commitment to end the “cap-and-trade” carbon tax in Ontario.
That is how conservatives win elections in Ontario and across Canada. When we set the narrative with bold conservative ideas that springboard off the momentum of grassroots conservative movements.
But when the establishment tries to stifle or destroy grassroots movements, the consequences can be fractious for conservatives and for Canada.
Peter MacKay and Erin O’Toole have a record of consistently siding with the establishment over the grassroots. Their political records – including promoting Brown and his pro-carbon tax liberal platform – and their campaign commitments, show this.
We need a Conservative leader who will fight for grassroots conservative principles and ideas.
That is why I am running to be next leader of the Conservative Party of Canada.
To bring courage and conviction with a record of persevering against the odds and beating the political establishment.
That is the Right Way Forward for our conservative movement, for our Conservative Party, and for Canada.
And that is how we will beat Justin Trudeau.
Next time, I will tell you about the single biggest commitment these “Red Tory” establishment candidates are making in this leadership race that is completely at odds with grassroots conservatives and that will be detrimental to Canada’s economic growth for years to come.
In the meantime, click here to renew your Conservative Party membership and click here to print the endorsement form. If you have already done so, please ask 3 to 7 friends or family to do the same! If you would like to volunteer for our campaign just reply to this email!
We can’t stop now. The best is yet to come!
P.S. ACT TODAY! The first deadline of February 27th requires me to obtain 1,000 signatures of Party members across Canada (who have been members for at least 21 days) and submit them to headquarters as soon as possible. Click here to download my petition to run for Conservative Party Leader. Once completed, you can scan and email it back to me at email@example.com or mail it to me c/o of Jim Karahalios, PO Box 20046, Cambridge Centre, 355 Hespeler Road, Cambridge, Ontario, N1R 6B0.