Nothing in his office became him like the leaving it

I'm afraid that my slight bastardization of Shakespear's line (Macbeth Act 1, scene 4, 7–8) will be overused in the next few days to describe Andrew Scheer's decision to resign as leader of the Conservative Party of Canada. He did so, we are told, at a special caucus meeting, and then in a graceful speech … Continue reading Nothing in his office became him like the leaving it

Scheer’s dilemma

What did Andrew Scheer do in 2019? Well, for a start he led the Conservative Party to be the most popular party in Canada: CPC:                   6,240,000± votes / 34.34% of the popular vote; LPC:                   6,019,000± votes / 33.12% of the popular … Continue reading Scheer’s dilemma

We need to get Canada up off its knees

Terry Glavin, writing in MacLean's magazine, says that "With Beijing’s most determined allies decisively crushed by a democratic alliance in Hong Kong’s district elections over the weekend, at least somebody’s putting up some kind of a fight against Xi Jinping’s increasingly savage aggression and belligerence. Because it certainly isn’t Canada." He reminds us, as I … Continue reading We need to get Canada up off its knees

What the CPC didn’t do (3)

In an essay in the Globe and Mail, John Ibbitson dissects the recent election and, not surprisingly, concludes that the Conservative party may have been its own worst enemy. He focuses on three key issues: Climate change ~ and he quotes the estimable Lisa Raitt who said that “"It’s a litmus test ... Climate change … Continue reading What the CPC didn’t do (3)

What the CPC didn’t do (2)

Following on from about a week ago ... Two of the Globe and Mail's Parliamentary Bureau reporters, Marieke Walsh and Daniel Leblanc say, in a recent article that "A former Conservative MP says Andrew Scheer shouldn’t stay on as leader after a second-place finish in last week’s federal election, and he’s hoping former Tory cabinet … Continue reading What the CPC didn’t do (2)

What the CPC didn’t do

Back in the summer of 2016, I said (speaking as a Conservative partisan) that: "Our task in 2019 is far less daunting than the one the Liberals faced in 2013, 14 and 15. We need to convince ‘only’ about 1,000,000 voters to switch from Liberal to Conservative. Some of them, actually many of them, have voted for us in … Continue reading What the CPC didn’t do

A coalition?

I have been saying, for some months now, that "The CPC might be able to form a minority government but it is equally, perhaps even more likely that Justin Trudeau, with the formal support of Jagmeet Singh, would be able to continue to govern with some support from the BQ and the Greens on an … Continue reading A coalition?