Conservative leader Erin O’Toole does not seem happy in his job. In this last week of our federal election, he is lashing out at others rather than recognizing the weaknesses of his own campaign. What he does not understand is that there is no perfect policy program to please Canadians. What we look for out of a political campaign is leadership. And that is what he has failed to deliver.
Looking back on this campaign, you have to admit that nobody has proved perfect. We can rail against Justin Trudeau all we like but there is nothing new, other than some of the descriptive adjectives the conservatives use. O’Toole should be more concerned about the ‘mote’ in his own eye.
As much as he complains about Mr. Trudeau’s elitist ways, he might consider his own vanity. And where does he get off changing his dreamed-up ‘middle-of-the road’ conservative policies that his party never agreed to, in the first place? And why does he think Maxime Bernier’s peoples’ party has been able to carve out such a high percentage of his conservative votes?
How many of Bernier’s voters are ones O’Toole pandered to in the conservative leadership? He was eager to accept the extremist votes then.
I have loved O’Toole’s flip-flops on gun control in this election. I have never seen a dying fish flop so much. Did he think it was leadership to announce one argument on his private stage at the beginning of the campaign, and then pull solutions from the air as the world turns? The last idea we heard, O’Toole wanted to take the definition of assault rifles out of the hands of politicians. Please, pray tell, who is better situated to tell Canadians what kind of weapon they might need to shoot a little target practice?
And you, Mr. O’Toole, are lucky my mother is not still alive. She would be out campaigning against you. My mother always told us she was too young for the suffragettes and too old for women’s liberation. She was left with six kids when middle-aged, no husband and a daycare problem. She would certainly have told O’Toole where to stuff his tax credit daycare solution!
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