What I want from the next Conservative Party of Canada leader

I self identify as being in about the middle of that conservative spectrum and I want a leader who, even though (s)he holds e.g. a principled pro-life position, recognizes and affirms that abortion is a settled issue, some Conservatives may wish to debate it, that’s their right, even to raise it in parliament, but the party’s position is that choice is a woman’s right and the issue will not be revisited by a Conservative government; I want a leader who will be brave enough to roll back some social programmes and repeal the Canada Health Act, leaving provinces free to experiment with whatever models make fiscal and political sense; I want a leader who will stop the cronyism, pork barrelling and corporate welfare that masquerade as “regional economic diversification” programmes; I want a leader who will make practical policies that aim to stop the human rot that infests too many (arguably most) First Nations ~ First Nations people need to be able to stand, proudly, on their own merits, and through their own efforts as happy, prosperous Canadians; I want a leader who will explain to Canadians why we need to pay for a modest but efficient and effective military, even though it may be a “waste” in pure economic terms; finally I want a leader who will enunciate a practical (affordable), principled and even visionary foreign policy that sets goals for Canada in the world.

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