A couple of days ago I said that “I believe that five priorities in any policy area is about all that any government, even the best one, can manage,” and I guess that applies to me and my unsolicited advice to the Conservative Party, too. I have over the past few days said that it is time for the CPC to start telling Canada what they plan to do for the country rather than just reminding us all about what Justin Trudeau is failing to do. I have discussed five main areas: fiscal policy, taxes, immigration, foreign policy and, as you would expect from me, defence policy.
Of course, there are many other things for the Conservatives to tell Canadians. Three days ago I mentioned the CPC‘s 2019 campaign document. It’s a good place to start. There was noting much wrong with it. In fact, more Canadians supported it ~ by voting for Conservative candidates ~ than believed what was in the Liberal platform. The Conservative Party is not starting from too far behind … and, given this week’s vaccine fiasco, and the resignation of the governor general, which even the Toronto Star blames on Justin Trudeau, I will be surprised if Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s polling numbers do not start to fall, making an election a bit less likely. But that does NOT mean that it is time to delay; it is NOT. Now is the time to start telling Canadians what Erin O’Toole and the CPC will do for Canada, starting with the areas in which most Canadians trust him his party more: managing the economy and, especially, the ever growing deficit and debt.
So, Conservative Party, let’s get moving. Let’s pre-empt the Trudeau Liberals and start being positive, not totally negative. Oh, I know, the CBC and the Toronto Star will still search high and low for something to say against the CPC, but most of the media will not ignore positive promises. But, please, two things:
- Make sure those promises are believable ~ Canadians may actually want to believe what Justin Trudeau says, but they will be, rightfully, sceptical about rash promises; and
- Make sure those promises are about things that Canadians want to hear about ~ in other words put my foreign and defence policy bits at the end, again, where only the most diligent readers will find them. Tell Canadians, at the top, about pocket-book issues.