During a radio interview this week, Kevin O'Leary completely destroyed all other challengers for the CPC leadership with two words: "Trudeau Peso."
With that single extremely politically incorrect phrase, O'Leary said everything that needed to be said about the dollar's plunge since Trudeau took over.
None of the warmed-over, passive-aggressive, toeing-the-line-of-civility talking points from the other camps are going to come close to that.
Now I went into this Big Unifying Conservative Idea project of mine with extremely low expectations.. But never did I dream that the rest of the candidates would just allow O'Leary to dominate them on this "corest" of core issues.
But then again, most of these people probably looked at Trump's second place finish in Iowa and concluded that the threat had been neutralized and nothing further was required.
They figure they'll just do a rock-paper-scissors in some back room somewhere to determine which combination of drop-outs and endorsements will neutralize O'Leary so they can go back to talking about Keeping Taxes Low, Deficits Are Bad, Support For Israel, and such.
Just in case that doesn't work out, here are a few bold ideas on the economy that someone might, if they're feeling adventurous, try on for size:
Support for a guaranteed minimum income
Remember when the Liberals decided to "mirror Harper's timeline on refugees" and the CPC acted like it had happened because they had said so?
Well, time for lightning to strike twice, because the Liberals are floating the idea of a guaranteed minimum income as they cobble together their first budget.
Is a guaranteed minimum income actually a conservative idea, you may ask? Milton Friedman thought so, which should remove all doubt in your mind.
It's exactly the sort of policy that would cause the Andrew Coynes of the world to shout "All is forgiven!" and throw themselves back into the Liberals' arms.
Commit to no increases in the federal HST
Since the Liberals now completely dominate Atlantic Canada and will do so for the foreseeable future, it's nice to see Rona Ambrose mouthing some words of support for people angry about New Brunswick's HST increase even though she can't really do anything.
The people telling her to do this no doubt remember the embarrassing months-long debacle that took place when the HST as a concept was introduced by the Harper government and every provincial conservative party decided they were going to oppose it.
You had Tories going to federal events on Monday saying the HST was wonderful and to PCPO events on Tuesday where the HST was a Dalton McGuinty tax grab.
So, in the spirit of keeping things safe, let's have a leadership contender say that if they are elected leader, a CPC government sometime down the road won't raise the federal HST.
Independently audit the government's figures
Every time the Liberals ride back into power, they loudly announce that the allegedly fiscally conservative previous government ran a deficit.
It comes in handy later when they jack up the deficit even higher and the conservatives complain. They say, "Oh yeah? Well you also ran a deficit, so your facts are MEANINGLESS!"
It's worked wonders for the Ontario Liberals, who have been doing this to the Ontario PC's for a decade.
To their credit, the CPC is actually denying the charge rather than shamefacedly wearing it, but of course the Liberals aren't going to be deterred, which has given the spectacle of the government and the opposition shouting, "Yes you did!" "No we didn't!" at each other for weeks.
Here's a wake-up call:
Government fiscal projections and estimates aren't worth the paper they're printed on. The people putting these together will tell you with a straight face that there's not a big difference between $1 billion over or $3 billion under in a $25 billion budget. It's all peanuts to them.
So since the whole thing is basically theatrics, let's call a photo op -- it can be right in front of a Bay Street tower so people don't have to travel very far -- and have a bunch of annoyed-looking suits stand behind a leadership candidate and promise to go over the government books and not stop until they get the straight goods.
You don't actually have to go through with it because Lord knows what kind of skullduggery you'll uncover, but at least show you can use the assets that are provided to you.
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