Why doesn’t Carleton MP Pierre Poilievre want a third debate among the remaining conservative leadership hopefuls? With two-thirds of party members preferring a third debate, you would think the obvious front runner might oblige.
But the answer is “No.” Poilievre gave the party leadership committee a scathing answer. He not only said no, he enlarged on his answer by calling the first debate an embarrassment for the party and saying both French and English events got in the way of selling temporary memberships in the party.
You would think that now the selling is done and with maybe 100,000 temporary memberships sold by Patrick Brown open for change, a third debate would not be such a bad idea. With a total of over 600,000 people available to vote, there would be no harm in enticing a few more into your camp.
But it sure is tough to try to shake the over-confidence of Mr. Poilievre.
This is a guy who wants his ‘convoy’ converts to conservatism to know how obnoxious he can be. He is promising them ‘free-dumb’ to block entry points to Canada and to party around the clock in the nation’s capital.
But the supporters that we really feel sorry for are the young people who like the idea of someone controversial in the conservative leadership.
But like the Republican Party in the United States will be a long time ridding that party of the image of Donald Trump, the Canadian conservatives will spend quite a while getting rid of the odour of Pierre Poilievre.
Poilievre has the problem that he shoots from the hip. The other day, for example, he said that he would have jet aircraft flying out of Billy Bishop Airport on the Toronto Islands. That will cost his conservative candidate a hell of a lot of votes from the masses of condos facing the islands in downtown Toronto. The noise level of turbo-prop aircraft landing and taking off from Billy Bishop can be handled. Jet aircraft, that close to downtown, would not produce happy voters. The promise is like his idiotic promise to support cryptocurrencies against the advice of the Bank of Canada. Poilievre is a high-risk possibility for Canadian conservatives.
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