January 26, 2016

Maxime Bernier tests leadership waters with visit to liberty-oriented Calgary

Holly NicholasRebel Commentator
 

Conservative MP Maxime Bernier was here in Calgary, part of his tour across the country to see how much support he could garner if he were to run in the Conservative Party of Canada leadership race.

The party recently announced that the leadership vote would take place on May 27th, 2017. I caught up with Bernier and Tim Moen, leader of the Libertarian Party. Moen says that Bernier holds many libertarian values and believes that he’s a good candidate to represent libertarians in Parliament.

I asked both Moen and Bernier what needed to happen in order for the CPC to win the next election and why the MP would be a good choice for leader. Moen believes that the conservatives have lost too much ground to the left and that conservatives need to get back to basic principles. Being a country that has only 2 majority conservative governments in place, Bernier believes that a mix of conservative and libertarian values are needed in order for the CPC to evolve.

There is a lot of cross over between libertarian and conservative values. While many of the attendees identify as libertarians, they are CPC members because they are as libertarian leaning as you can get outside of the actual Libertarian Party of Canada. And they are the best chance at governing.

I asked Alex, a federal Conservative Party of Canada supporter who also identifies as a classical liberal, or libertarian what it was about libertarianism that he found attractive. He says that he really likes Tim Moen and “small c” conservative principles and the concept of smaller government. When asked if he would support Maxime Bernier in a leadership bid, he was all in.

But the majority of people were there to meet Maxime Bernier and listen to what he had to say. I also asked Keelan whether he would support the MP as a candidate and he said that he was leaning toward it, but he needed to hear more about policy.

There’s an interesting dynamic happening between conservatism and libertarianism in Canada. One only has to look toward the Wildrose Party here in Alberta, that has gained in popularity over the last years and could be considered to be the most libertarian leaning party in Canada. With the Wildrose Party having a classical liberal following and a leader that self identifies as a libertarian, this makes Alberta a good choice for Maxime Bernier to start a leadership campaign.

 

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commented 2016-02-14 18:10:51 -0500
I’ve been a Libertarian for a long time, and I want to hear a lot more about specific policies and plans before I offer any support.
commented 2016-01-27 15:15:43 -0500
Bernier needs to work on his English if he’s going to have any hope of impressing Albertans. Does anyone know how these Libertarians in Canada feel about borders, immigration, and nationalism? Because if they follow Ron Paul’s “blowback” theory, I don’t want any part of them.
commented 2016-01-27 12:31:08 -0500
Sadly, the Alberta Wildrose party has moved away from true Libertarianism; they are being run by social (authoritarian) conservatives. That is a major contributing factor to the whole Danielle Smith / Jim Prentice fiasco.
commented 2016-01-27 03:52:57 -0500
With luck, the over intrusiveness of the NDP pushes Albertans to consider a different governing style.
commented 2016-01-27 00:51:11 -0500
Bernier always looks confused or troubled about something. He is not party leadership material but he is still useful in Quebec and the Conservatives could use all of the help they can get in Quebec.
commented 2016-01-27 00:28:02 -0500
If he’s from Quebec,no thanks.
commented 2016-01-26 18:42:42 -0500
“I wouldn’t have thought that to be the mainstream analysts view, but I appreciate the insight, Jack. "

You’re right, MARK SUHERLAND. But don’t forget, our “mainstream analysts” would also have us believe that Liberals are liberal…, so, so much for their opinions. Your average MSM fartsucker has a whole bunch of other names for the small c crowd: racists, rednecks, bigots, etc. Large C, red and pink Conservatives are the only kind they can tolerate.
commented 2016-01-26 18:16:42 -0500
I wouldn’t have thought that to be the mainstream analysts view, but I appreciate the insight, Jack.
commented 2016-01-26 17:59:36 -0500
Big “C” implies that you are a CPC supporter, and that you will forgive much of what the party does, even tilting to the left, to keep votes. Small “c” means you hold pretty unshakeable conservative values and expect your government to at least try to stick to them.
commented 2016-01-26 17:33:56 -0500
I’m a bit confused as to what defines “small c” and “Big C” conservatives. I always thought that “Big C” conservatives were all about making the government smaller, whereas small c were fine with government size but just wanted to ensure government made wise choices and balanced the budget. Or perhaps “small c” are financially liberal but socially conservative. Is there an actual broadly accepted definition, or have we all just got our own ideas here?
commented 2016-01-26 17:15:29 -0500
Another CINO who need not apply.

And what of Bernier own discretions, especially the one with a woman who had ties to Quebec organized crime and motorcycle gangs?

Perhaps all candidates from Quebec should be immediately rejected as being unqualified and highly suspect?
commented 2016-01-26 17:10:19 -0500
A Quebec Libertarian = incongruent
commented 2016-01-26 16:49:58 -0500
I give him credit where credit is due. Bernier was the only one in the Conservative caucus that had the honesty to speak out about the damage that the AGW parasites were causing. But, like all his Conservative brothers and sisters, he sees no need for property rights. So HCGFH.
commented 2016-01-26 16:22:09 -0500
Pas De Maxine!
Didn’t he have an issue with allowing his girlfriend access to gov’t documents. Had enough of Quebecois PMs including that PC Irish clown.
commented 2016-01-26 15:35:06 -0500
pretty much ever WWII vet I ever met was of the same opinion about the french: You cannot trust or rely on the french in a fight. I think I will take the advice of those vets, no thanks Maxime