Way back when I started talking about Conservative politics I singled out the Globe and Mail’s Jeffrey Simpson as one of those who offers superficially sympathetic advice but, really, advice that is worth ignoring, because, in reality, it is designed to send us down a political rat hole and, thus, give aid and comfort to the Liberals. He’s at it again in another column in the Globe and Mail that, once again, is, on the surface, sound advice but is, in depth, very anti-Conservative. In this new column Mr Simpson ties us, Canadian Conservatives, to the US Republicans. Of course there were and still are connections, just as there are connections between Canadian Liberals and the fiscally irresponsible and often corrupt Democrats. But it is the Laurentian Elites‘ contention, indeed an article of faith, that the CPC is the evil step child of the US GOP and they want to keep that connection, tenuous though it may be, in the Canadian public eye.
Donald Trump is a godsend for the Canadian left, they can, with a lot of very good reasons, use him as an example of almost everything that is wrong with US 21st century conservatism and then they can insinuate that we, Canadian Conservatives, must share those same values.
We know that Donald Trump is nothing like any Conservative we know. He is sui generis, a uniquely American phenomenon that is not replicated here in Canada. Unfortunately there is a lunatic fringe in our party that supports Mr Trump’s ideas, and they are just vocal enough to do real damage to us, especially when they style themselves as “Conservatives for this or that” and the like on social media.
We do have good Conservative exemplars in the world and in office today:
David Cameron in Britain, Wolfgang Schaeuble in Germany and Mark Rutte in the Netherlands are three European examples …
… and they, and Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull …
…are the kinds of leaders we should be talking about, talking with and to whom we should be listening, too. They, not American Republicans, should be our role models and they should be the guests at our conventions and at meetings hosted by Canadian conservative think tanks. They can help us focus our ideas and win the next election. We have much more in common with Prime Ministers Cameron and Turnbull than we will ever have with the likes of Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio or <shudder> Donald Trump.
So, fellow Conservatives, let’s make sure that Canadians understand that we are not clones of the GOP, and we are just as dismayed as anyone else at the way US politics has evolved in this new century.
I have, fairly consistently, held up three leaders as examples for Canadian Conservatives: one US Republican president, one Canadian Liberal prime minister and one British Conservative prime minister …
… and I continue to advocate for them as models for today’s Canadian Conservative leaders, not because of their political affiliations but, rather, because of how and by what principles they governed their countries in dangerous and turbulent times. So, let’s hear no more talk of Conservatives being, somehow, like Trump or the Republicans. Let’s highlight the great role models of the past, Liberals and Conservatives alike, and the good ones of the present day.