October 30, 2015

A rebuilt Canadian Right needs to learn one lesson -- from Justin Trudeau

Joshua LiebleinRebel Blogger

Shame is as Canadian as maple syrup.

It’s one of the three things elected legislators in this country say in their chosen House to prove they have a functioning brainstem, along with “OH-OHHHHHHH!” and “Hear, hear!”  (Oh, and by the way, it’s not “Here, Here”! The Honourable Members are not announcing their current location.) 

Our obsession with our international reputation is all about shame. Constantly measuring ourselves against the US and Europe and Asia in terms of sports, the arts, and whether our cities are “world-class” or not, is all about shame.

As a nation we don’t think we have the capacity to do half the things we dream about because we’re constantly tripping over our own insecurities and the insecurities of others. We flip out over minor scandals, spend weeks debating the impact of any change to Hockey Night in Canada or CBC programming in general, and refuse to make bold and meaningful changes to the way we govern ourselves unless everyone is OK with it.

Others lead, and we follow, not wanting to be a bother or make a scene while complaining all the while about not being noticed. It’s not nice. It’s not considerate. It’s pathetic.

In our nation’s history, however, there have been wonderful moments where our leaders cut through this veil of fear and did or said something so awesome that it became embedded in our national consciousness.

John A MacDonald puking in the Commons after a hangover and saying it was because his opponent’s rantings made him sick.

Robert Borden saying Canada would sit on its own at the Paris Peace Conference after WWI. 

Diefenbaker saying, “Canadians first, last, and always!”

Brian Mulroney putting John Turner’s lights out with, “You had an option, sir!”

Stephen Harper establishing that he made the rules.

Whatever else can be said about Justin Trudeau, he clearly understands this. There is no doubt in his mind, and likely there has never been any doubt, that this country is his birthright.

He spent the first half of his life farting around teaching drama, being a camp counsellor, and flinging himself headlong down stairs because he was that darn confident that he could just show up and everyone would throw themselves at his feet, which is exactly what happened. 

If we must take lessons from Justin Trudeau, let it be the lesson that a Rebuilt Canadian Right must carry this attitude with it in everything it does.

Unfortunately, garbage reportage like this is going to ensure that what’s left of the CPC is going to spend the next however long trying to pretend that they, too have “sunny ways.”

Endless articles about getting back to the centre.

All the leadership aspirants trying desperately to avoid “divisive policies”, or any policies at all.

Tons of fake smiles, despite the fact that inauthentic nonsense like that is why the NDP tumbled back to third place.

And oh, yeah:

Lots of noses turned up at what we’re trying to accomplish here at The Rebel. 

I get it, guys. It’s real hard for you to be taken seriously when we’re doing our thing over here. Your all-important reputations are at stake.

Well, here’s the problem: Nobody takes you seriously. They don’t say so, but they don’t.

Our country is such that unless you’re a member of the social firmament, you will never be taken seriously.  You might as well accept it.

That’s why people dropped whatever they were doing and voted for Trudeau. He’s the recognized and accepted King, and they needed to court his favour.

No matter how moderate conservatives are, that won’t change. 


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commented 2015-11-03 14:22:57 -0500
Turn the election into “The Bachelor” like popularity contest.
commented 2015-11-02 23:14:17 -0500
dunno Josh, I doubt non JT groupies have anything to “learn” from the boy blunder – spoiled brat politics/agendas get stale awfully fast – It’s the hopey-changey zombies who need to “learn” that voting for leadership is not a Canadian Idol popularity contest.

Opposition needs to just sit back, watch the train wreck and make sure voters are aware of every failure – easy enough with a rookie trying out in the major leagues. JT’s test will come quickly when he has to contend with heavy weights like Putin and IS terrorists.
commented 2015-11-02 18:35:09 -0500
Chris, your analysis doesn’t hold water. Harper punted and put down the social conservatives in his party over the last few years. He publicly shamed the pro-life MPs. So that does not explain why he lost this time.
commented 2015-11-02 01:55:54 -0500
Robert, you just wasted my time reading you comment. How old are you anyway? Are you fresh out of college per chance?
commented 2015-10-31 20:05:49 -0400
A waste of time, as the so called conservatives just threw four years of majority government drown the drain.
commented 2015-10-31 18:57:43 -0400
If the Canadian Right wants to rebuild, they need to pay attention to what get’s them elected, but, more importantly, what get’s them punted. Conservatives get elected when they stick to sound fiscal policies. But, they always lose elections in Canada when the social conservatives show up. Harper knew this when he zipped the lips of the Reformers during his 2006 campaign. Daniel Smith’s Wild Rose experienced this when they were leading in the polls, but were severely defeated not long after the social conservatives in the party started talking. And, Harper lost when he forgot the lessons he learned in 2006.
commented 2015-10-31 09:36:32 -0400
Great story. Might repost it to REDDIT.COM to help drive more traffic to The Rebel.

@kelvin GRABOWSKY @joshua LIEBLEIN @jason BERTUCCI – there’s some work to be done.
commented 2015-10-30 22:03:09 -0400

You are more than welcome. Remember who is keeping you alive – it’s not conservatives.
commented 2015-10-30 16:18:35 -0400
We’re always grateful for your clicks, Jimmy.
commented 2015-10-30 16:10:23 -0400
Great Article. And I agree, the center continues to be dragged leftward. So now any one who espouses anything to the left of Pierre Trudeau is considered the centre in Canada.
commented 2015-10-30 15:22:28 -0400
I am quite sure that The Rebel wished that they weren’t taken seriously like the CBC and The Toronto Star, who have many millions of readers.

The Rebel is a cute little hobby blog by comparison with barely enough readers to keep it going – if Ezra and Brian didn’t keep asking for handouts.
commented 2015-10-30 14:18:31 -0400
The media hates change, that’s why in the US they are trying so desperately to have a Bush/Clinton run off. If Clinton wins they can fawn all over her as they do. If Bush wins the can attack as they did with dad and brother. All their news stories are already pre-written . Same with Trudeau their work is done, nothing to see here we’ll just go back and find all our anti-Harper stories and refine them. Graig Oliver is going through all of his Pierre stories and changing the name to Justin. And all is fine with the world, go back to sleep people we gotcha covered.