Even now, almost 20 years after I retired, I still self-identify as a soldier; it is, after all, what, what I did for most (nearly 37 years) of my adult life. As a soldier I am well aware of the principles of war and we consider the first, “Selection and Maintenance of the Aim,” to be the master principle: if you get the aim right, if you understand what you need to do, then accomplishing it is easier; conversely, if you don’t know what you’re trying to do it is very hard to tell if you’ve succeeded or failed, and success, if it occurs at all, with be a matter of luck. I think that “master principle” applies in politics, too, and even down to the individual political act ~ like deciding who to support for the leadership of the Conservative Party of Canada.
So, what’s my AIM?
My aim is to restore good, sound, honest, effective and efficient, responsible, prudent and principled government to Canada.
I believe that is most likely to happen, here and now, late in the first quarter of the 21st century, if we elect a Conservative government. I think the Liberal Party can redeem itself, but only after a bitter, even bloody civil war in which the “Manley Liberals” prevail, for once and for al, over the Trudeau (père et fils) Liberals. I also believe that Rona Ambrose is a first rate, indeed an exemplary leader who would be a fine prime minister … but, sadly, in my opinion, she has said she will not seek the office, not at this time, anyway.
I like an awful lot of what Maxime Bernier has had to say, especially on personal freedom, economics, taxation and trade. But, in my lifetime six of 13 prime minister have been from Quebec (St Laurent, Trudeau, Mulroney, Chrétien, Martin and Trudeau) and four of them (St Laurent, Trudeau, Chrétien and Trudeau) have been Francophone Quebecers, and I’m not sure that the country is ready for back-to-back Francophone Quebec PMs nor am I sure it is a good idea for one province to wield so much political influence.
I applaud Dr Kellie Leitch for the courage of her convictions and I, generally, like her moderation in most things … but I’m not sure she can win. I have been pleasantly surprised by some of the things that Pierre Lemieux and Andrew Scheer have said, too …
… but I don’t think either of them, or any of the three, can defeat Justin Trudeau’s Liberals in 2019, and I think it is critical that we, Canadians, rid ourselves of him and Team Trudeau and all he and they and the Laurentian Elites represent.
So, who can unite our party and propose a suite of policies that will appeal broadly to most Canadians ~ enough so that 40+% of those who come out to vote will vote for his or her CPC, and who will not be anathema to more than, say, about 10% of Canadians? Who can offer us a good mix of fiscal responsibility, lower taxes, better focused spending, social moderation and principled policies? Who can defeat Justin Trudeau?
My choice …
My choice for leader of the Conservative Party of Canada is Erin O’Toole.
I think he is a mature, modest, moderate, modern man who can give our party and our country the sort of prudent, principled leadership that is so lacking today.
Mr O’Toole is not, I think, a severe fiscal hawk; he doesn’t want to slash and burn our social safety net, but I trust that he will want to take a surgeon’s scalpel to the entirety of government, including to the Department of National Defence, to cut away the fat and to ensure that every penny spent is being used well, prudently, for the greatest good for the greatest number and not just to placate favoured political constituencies or grease squeaky wheels.
He understands, I believe, the need for a grand strategy that unites foreign, domestic, fiscal, industrial and defence polices under one “roof” and that rests on a firm foundation of our national values and vital interests.
I believe him to be a man of principle, hard working and honest, a family man ~ just the sort you and I would like to have for a neighbour, a colleague, a friend … and just the sort of man that many, many Canadians, from all walks of life and from every gender, race and creed, will vote for to be our prime minister.
He is sufficiently bilingual to debate, well enough, in French with Justin Trudeau in 2019.
I do not agree with every one of Mr O’Toole’s positions; I don’t agree, for that matter, with every one of the positions of any CPC leadership candidate. I doubt that any thinking Conservative believes that any of the candidates for Party leader is perfect, or a perfect match for their views. Our AIM, as Party members, must be to choose the person who we think can best unite the party behind a broadly acceptable suite of policies and then assemble a team that can defeat Justin Trudeau’s Liberals, end the reign of the corrupt, inept Librano$, and restore good government to Ottawa for the benefit of all Canadians. I believe that Erin O’Toole is the best choice for the Conservative Party and for Canada, and after I finish posting this I will go to his campaign web-site and pledge vote. I urge fellow Conservatives to give him a look and favourable consideration.