A message for Conservatives from a peerless source

Almost three years and over 1,500 posts ago I began this blog because I wanted to comment, in particular, on the fate and the future of Canadian Conservatism, Tory blue Conservatism with a capital C, which was, I said, my political ‘home’ because I am a classical liberal and there is no room for real liberals in the Liberal Party of Canada.

Then, the other morning I saw something on social media, from a Maxime Bernier supporter, which got me to thinking a bit about Conservatives in 2018:

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Back in October of 2015 I also said that “I believe in four fundamental rights for each and every individual: Life, Liberty and Property, as described by John Locke in 17th century England, and Privacy, as defined by Brandeis and Warren in 19th century America, but expanded, to fully include absolute control over one’s body and the “right to be left alone.”” I remain committed to the notion that the right to use one’s property as one will is an absolutely fundamental right; it is one the Pierre Trudeau, who was an extraordinarily illiberal man intentionally left out of his poorly conceived Charter of Rights because he, being a socialist, believed that the state has a right to your property, which I suspect he believed included your labour and your life.

My point is that real Conservatives believe in a right to property. They also believe in these things, also said by the late, great Prime Minister Thatcher …

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… and …

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… and just because I cannot resist flogging one of my dead hobby horses:

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These are, I suggest, real, proven, down-to-earth Conservative values, some of which will resonate with voters, especially those all important working and middle class family voters in the suburbs and small cities and towns, while others, like defence spending, which, while not real vote getters, will tell voters that Conservatives are all about principles and values and serving Canada, not just trolling for votes by making only popular, focus group rested promises and ignoring the hard issues.

I have said before that the Conservative party of Canada should pay less attention to the trivial, day-by-day minutia of Liberal mismanagement and generate some big ideas. Along with that, it seems to me, the CPC needs to put its values on display … the values it shares with, I suspect, more than half of Canadians.

It’s been a long time, since the 33rd general election in 1984 ~ that’s going on 35 years ago, since a political party has mulroneyturner640captured 50% of the popular vote … Brian Mulroney did it in 1984 because the people were tired of Liberal (Pierre Trudeau’s) mismanagement and the steady whiff of corruption That John Turner seemed bent of continuing. It only happened one other time after MacKenzie-King in 1940, in the 24th general election in 1958 when John G Diefenbaker earned 53%+ of the popular vote.

I’m not suggesting that Conservatives, in 2019, will do that well but I am suggesting that Conservatives do well when two things happen:

  • The Liberals grow complacent and revert to their old (post 1968) habits of buying votes with taxpayer’s money; and
  • The Conservatives both offer attractive programmes and espouse solid, working and middle class values.

 

 

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