Writing about Carleton MP Pierre Poilievre the other day, we failed to resolve the key question. How can he expect the anger of his ‘Convoy’ followers to co-exist with the tenets of conservatism? They do not seem to be the kind of people Canada’s real conservatives might want to hug to their bosoms.
Poilievre, himself, seems to have the instincts of a wild ferret. He might seem cute and cuddly but the teeth are very sharp. He might be trainable for rabbit hunting but, like with a falcon, heavy leather gloves are needed.
And how could the conservatives—as we know them—live in harmony with a guy who attracts crazies to the conservative fold? And it’s not just the confused demand of the convoy crackpots to take over the government. How would conservatism, as we know it, come to terms with a leader who obviously wants to politicize the Bank of Canada? How can a true conservative promote crypto currencies that rely on fiction and greed to create wealth?
Not that we have not seen something like this before. After all, how could Donald Trump—the Antichrist incarnate—lead the born-again Bible-thumpers, Baptists and Holy-Rollers of the Republican Party in the United States?
Does Poilievre intend to lead the conservatives in Canada with lies? Is he making peace with Maxime Bernier’s libertarians in the People’s Party?
He might be the favourite of the conservative caucus in Ottawa but have they realized that he might also be capable of destroying the conservative party? And that could be why many liberals and NDP are cheering him on in this quest for the leadership of the conservative party.
What conservatives voting in this year’s conservative leadership race have to ask themselves is does this man represent their values? They might also ask themselves if they want a party leader who has no life experience other than worming his way into our country’s politics?
Canadians vote for people they trust. Conservatives should take note.
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