Wrong, again

I do not follow Cangal48 on social media, but someone I do follow rebroadcast this post:

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I said, before, about a week ago that Cangal48 (and US Republican House Leader Kevin McCarthy) was oversimplifying; she’s doing it again.

What she is doing is putting her somewhat politically puritanical views ahead of the good of the country. She appears to believe that only Pierre Poilievre is “hard” enough to be a real Conservative. Only he, it seems, hates Justin Trudeau enough to be the CPC leader.

I almost hate to say this, but Pierre Poilievre doesn’t hate Justin Trudeau at all. He opposes many (probably most) of the things that Justin Trudeau thinks are good for Canada, Mr Poilievere, like most Conservatives, like Marilyn Gladu, like Peter MacKay and like Erin O’Toole advocates different and, in my considered opinion, better policies for Canada: better fiscal policies, better social policies, better immigration policies, better crime prevention policies, better environmental policies, better defence policies and better foreign policies, too. But Pierre Pooilieve doesn’t hate anyone; in fact, he probably has a grudging admiration for Prime Minister Trudeau’s political charisma and he almost certainly and sincerely wishes the prime minister and his family a happy and healthy retirement, after they are sent packing in the next election.

Screen Shot 2020-01-24 at 06.27.51This personal, political puritanism is too common in Conservative ranks. Too many so-called Conservatives practice a “my way or the highway” sort of politics, saying, as Cangal46 does, that they will not vote for the CPC, they will cut up their Party membership cards and so on, all because … because why?

Is it because Erin O’Toole is not a pit bull in question period? Is it because Ms Gladu is from South Western Ontario?

giphyIn fact, in my opinion, the political puritans are not being principled, they are much more like small children throwing temper tantrums and, in the end, cutting off their own noses to spite their own faces. Cangal48 wanted Pierre Poilievre; he, for his own good, well-stated reasons, said, “not now, not this time, I cannot be all in so “I cannot be in at all.“” That’s not good enough for the puritans, they are going to cry, stamp their feet and go to their rooms. They don’t really care about giving Canada better government, they only care about seeing their blind hatred of Justin Trudeau reflected in someone else.

The political puritans need to grow up. For a lot of very good reasons, a lot of very good people are NOT going to seek the leadership of the Conservative Party. That’s the party’s and the country’s loss, but, on the plus side, a lot of very good people are interested. We all need to listen to what they all have to say and decide, each party member for his or her self, which one is better. No one, not Rona Ambrose, not Jean Charest and not Pierre Poilievre, was guaranteed to either a) defeat Justin Trudeau, or b) be a good prime minister. But I am convinced that the CPC will field a good slate of leadership candidates and one of them will do a first-rate job in the next election and will become the new Prime Minister of Canada.

Published by Ted Campbell

Old, retired Canadian soldier, Conservative ~ socially moderate, but a fiscal hawk. A husband, father and grandfather. Published material is posted under the "Fair Dealing" provisions (§29) of the Copyright Act for the purposes of research, private study and education.

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