In a recent Blackburn News Sarnia article, Sarnia-Lambton’s Tory MP Marilyn Gladu stated that the People’s Party of Canada kept the Conservatives from winning the 2021 federal election.
First off, I congratulate Marilyn for her successful campaign and wish her all the best, as I know for a fact and from experience that she is a person of integrity and serves her constituents in Sarnia-Lambton well.
However, perhaps Ms. Gladu and other Conservative Party of Canada (CPC) MP’s and candidates in the 2021 federal election should ask themselves why 5% of the electorate abandoned the Tories for the People’s Party of Canada (PPC) in the first place. I think I may have a pretty good idea.
O’Toole began his campaign for leader by declaring himself a “true blue conservative” who would oppose the Trudeau government’s proposals to confiscate legal firearms from Canadians. Mere weeks after confirming his promise to repeal the Liberals’ May 2020 order-in-council prohibiting over 1500 firearm models and variants, he flip-flopped and said a Conservative government would “maintain the restrictions that were put in place in 2020”; adding a footnote which stated, “All firearms that are currently banned will remain banned.” Hmm…
In the Conservative leadership race, O’Toole’s platform clearly stated that he would scrap the Trudeau carbon tax and that he would not be interfering with provincial jurisdiction over a federal carbon tax scheme. He even signed the Canadian Taxpayers Federation pledge eschewing a carbon tax. Yet in April, he flip-flopped again, and proposed his own idea of a carbon tax disguised in deliberately misleading language – a “low carbon savings account”. If it looks like a tax, and quacks like a tax, it IS a tax, Mr. O’Toole.
In his leadership campaign, he addressed the very sticky issue of equalization, reassuring Albertans that, “A province with an economy in recession and a skyrocketing unemployment rate should not be forced to send money to other provinces.” Then while in Quebec he put his foot on the soft peddle and only committed two sentences of his platform to equalization, saying “We will add fairness to Equalization by adopting the Equalization and Transfers Fairness Act as a government bill and passing it as quickly as possible. This will add transparency to Equalization.” Hmm.. again.
But perhaps most tellingly, during the leadership race, O’Toole attacked Peter MacKay in an email to his supporters saying that MacKay wouldn’t allow MPs to vote their conscience on moral issues, after MacKay indicated he would expect members of his cabinet to fall in line on such matters. O’Toole vowed to “never whip any Member of Parliament, be they in cabinet or the backbench, on moral issues.”
Well, get ready for the next flip-flop. During the federal election campaign, O’Toole said every Conservative candidate fully backed his platform and that if they didn’t they wouldn’t be allowed to sit as a Conservative MP saying, “If there are candidates who don’t support it—or any other part of Canada’s Recovery Plan—they won’t be sitting in the caucus of a future Conservative government.”
So much for the grassroots supporters of the CPC, whose voices echo mostly from rural ridings.
Before the election took place, Jonas Smith was disqualified as Conservative candidate after voicing opposition to mandatory vaccines in the workplace and the implementation of vaccine passports, a moral issue if there ever was one.
Perhaps after seeing this consistent and incremental shifting to the left, the more traditional wing of the Conservative Party in this country felt abandoned and looked for a REAL Conservative alternative, one whose policies and platform remained consistent throughout this whole entirely unnecessary election process foisted upon us by Mr. Trudeau. And a process with the predictable result – virtually indistinguishable from the previous election.
Isn’t it funny how now, the same media who crucified O’Toole during the election campaign, suddenly loves him and thinks he should hang around for another election or two. He’s a proven loser. If I didn’t know any better, I would say that he was hand-picked to lead the Conservative party by Trudeau himself. But then I remember how effectively the CPC shoots itself in the foot whenever it’s time to pick a leader.
The Conservatives don’t need any help losing an election from the PPC party. They do a pretty good job all by themselves.
To quote Hamlet, “the lady doth protest too much, me thinks.”
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Postscript November 5, 2021
Bravo to Marilyn Gladu for standing up for the 18 health care workers fired from Bluewater Health for exercising their sovereignty over their own bodies and not disclosing their vaccine status.
“At the beginning of the pandemic, nurses on the front lines were wearing their PPE, there’s no evidence that they transmitted COVID-19 to patients and nobody was vaccinated at that point so I think we really need to look at reasonable accommodations before starting to think about terminating people.”
Credit where credit is due. Thank you Ms. Gladu.