The comment below is from a reader in response to a post that revolved around what this Conservative party cabal wants to see in the next Conservative leader. One of the points was that this leader must be palatable to the GTA and Quebec and Atlantic Canada.
“I live on the cusp of the GTA area and thankfully, our riding stayed Conservative. People from the GTA have have moved en-masse into my area and I can tell you that the sentiment toward them is far from welcoming, as they have brought their politics, high prices, crime, bad driving and lifestyle into our communities.
With the push on by this cabal to the pander to the GTA and to Quebec – with their version of what a leader should be, is taking a page from the Liberal playbook to divide Canada even further than it already is.
There’s a reason this cabal wants to rush selecting a leader – to deny card carrying Conservative members who donated to the party, who paid membership dues and who supported Andrew Scheer – the chance to pick a leader that will represent all of our views from all corners of Canada.
Judging by comments seen on many social media pages, people are sick, tired and fed up with being marginalized for their views, just like Andrew Scheer was before, during and after the election. We get enough of that from the other side – media included, never mind from our own side. To me, that’s worse than anything. It’s a betrayal, one I find hard to digest.
There’s an upheaval going on in the world these days. You can say that the middle class are rebelling around the world. Americans elected Trump, the UK just elected Boris Johnson, two leaders who actually campaigned on issues and did not pander to the old guard.
Here in Canada, look at the number of Conservative premiers we have. That was a rebellion of fed up Canadians sick of the status quo and sick of being called names like “racist”, homophobic and “climate deniers” for their views.
Will that “middle class rebellion” continue and revolve around CPC members bringing on board a leader that will “think outside the box” in order to unite Canadians from coast to coast instead of the old washed up has-beens that care more about themselves than the country? “
A recent article entitled “The middle-class rebellion” goes a long way to explain what this comment is all about – that there is a middle class rebellion going on around the world – and it has hit Canada. The article describes the struggle we are all facing, whether in Canada, parts of the US, Europe and the Far East. The influence of China can be felt not just in Canada, but in many parts of the world.
The recent election in the UK where Boris Johnson’s Conservative party annihilated the socialist Labour Party is the latest salvo in this rebellion. Johnson promised BREXIT and in spite of fierce opposition from within and outside of his party, he won the day with a victory not seen since the days of Margaret Thatcher. Ridings in traditional Labour strongholds fell, as did many ridings in London, a stalwart supporter of socialism.
Normally, it’s the “other side” that goes all in for rebellions. This is a different kettle of fish. This is the middle class, the class that the Liberals pander to, the class that neither Justin Trudeau nor Bill Morneau can define. Instead of helping that class, they have made life a whole lot harder and more expensive with more to come. Carbon taxes, mortgage stress tests, paying close to $500/year more for groceries, decimating our resource industry have put us on the brink.
Canadians from coast to coast are struggling to pay the bills. Personal bankruptcies are on the rise and many Canadians are only $200 away from insolvency. While the US recently added over 200,000 jobs, Canada lost over 70,000 jobs. And still, the Liberals want to raise the carbon tax to force us into their climate utopia which as many know, is all about control over our society.
“At the center of middle-class rebellion lies the rapid rise in the cost of housing, which makes up for at least 85 percent of difference in the cost of living. “
- “Think Hong Kong, Sydney, Vancouver, London, New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles. In all these places global capital — much of it from China itself — has boosted prices beyond what most middle-income families can afford. In each home ownership is now increasingly out of reach, particularly for the young. Although some of this reflects market forces and capital flows, much of the price rise, particularly in California, parts of the Northeast, Britain and Canada reflect urban containment regulatory policies that restrict housing supply, particularly on the periphery, where land costs tend to be cheaper.”
- “Recently these policies have been propelled by largely flawed notions that increasingly high density would make housing cheaper and produce lower GHG emissions. Actually, the densest places with the strongest regulation are almost always those with the highest levels of unaffordability. Yet it is in the energy arena where “green policies” have solicited the greatest push-back in a large number of countries.”
- “The high energy costs derive from zealous climate change politics claiming that any energy source outside solar and wind are inherently dangerous to the health of the planet. This has included both the largest contributor to emissions reductions — replacing coal with natural gas — and emissions-free nuclear power. This dogmatism underlies efforts by government planners to raise the price of fuel in order to reduce consumption and force people onto transit.”
Sound familiar? It should, as this is what successive Liberal/NDP governments at both the federal and provincial levels have forced on us. Local governments are not immune, as much of their funding comes from provinces and Ottawa and they are good at “nudging” these local officials to take money for green initiatives that end up costing the middle class more of their ever dwindling money.
Countries you would least expect “rebellion” to happen in, like Norway and the Netherlands is happening – with people saying “enough is enough,” as “steady energy price rises from green policies, as well as boosts in subway fares, have resulted in major protests around Chile’s capital Santiago, with 20 deaths and 1,200 injured.”
- “Germany flirts with recession, its chancellor is a lame duck, the grand coalition hosts an SPD under far-left leadership, and the largest opposition party is the Alternative for Germany. French leader Emmanuel Macron might want to spend more time on domestic politics: His approval rating is around 30 percent, striking workers have paralyzed France, and 13 French soldiers were killed in Mali.”
- “National populism has transformed Hungary, Poland, and the Czech Republic and plays a significant role in Germany, France, Austria, and Sweden.”
Here at home, the Liberals were re-elected as a minority government in spite of the scandals that rocked their government in their first mandate. We have a media that was given 600 million dollars to ensure another Liberal victory and that included the trashing of Andrew Scheer who not only won the popular vote, but increased the number of Conservative seats across Canada.
If that was not bad enough, it was the betrayal of the “Conservative Victory” voices – the palace coup that helped to unseat Andrew Scheer as Conservative leader that was a betrayal of the highest order, one that is dividing Conservatives instead of uniting them.
Much has been written about who makes up this cabal. Suffice to say, they already seem to have their own candidates lined up to take the reins of power, while denying card carrying Conservatives – the ones who donated money to the party, who paid their memberships and who supported the party before, during and after the election, a voice an electing a new leader. Their rush to bring in a new leader before April, 2020’s convention speaks volumes as to their disdain for process and allowing party members a voice in who leads the party.
Now that we can think more rationally after Andrew Scheer’s resignation as party leader, it’s time to move forward. The minority Liberal government has its agenda set and it’s more of the same claptrap from their previous majority government. It’s time to hold them accountable.
What CPC party members must not do is accept the status quo when it comes to a new leader. Remember the lessons of the recent UK election along with the Canadian provinces who tossed out their Liberal/NDP governments because they just did not listen.
- Do we want a leader who will pander to the progressive left or listen only to their inner circle or one who will stand strong for policies that matter to Canadians? Any leadership race has to focus on issues that matter – the economy, taxes, derailing the regulations that are strangling our resource industry , allowing business to thrive, affordable healthcare and an important plank – national unity.
- The biggest thing that any new leader must do is unite not just the party, but all of Canada. Forget pandering to parts of Canada. That didn’t work in the past and it won’t work now and it has brought us to the point we are currently at.
The middle class – of which a good majority of the Conservative party is made up of, is sick of being marginalized for their views, of being told what matters, especially by those within the party who care for nothing more than their own aspirations. As paid up members of the party, we have a voice and it must be used to move forward with a leader that will respect and listen to all of us, from coast to coast.
One of the many post-election articles brought up a good point:
“Solid leadership is based on traditional, universal, moral principles. These principles are found in the tenets of most major religions and are not exclusive to one race, nation, or dogma. They have been distilled through the ages and it is only in recent history that their validity has been questioned.”
Old institutions and orders throughout the world are collapsing at a record rate because those in power chose not to listen to the majority and those who go against the grain are shaking those institutions up.
Canada is not immune to this and to move forward, we must choose wisely, stand our ground and stick to our principles to bring in a leader that will listen to and respect our views.