The Conservatives Party of Canada’s 2018 convention was a disaster that didn’t have to happen. The train wreck was fifteen months in the making before the locomotive barrelled into the station in Halifax.
Renegade Libertarian MP Maxime Bernier, a former leadership challenger, quit the party as the convention was about to kick-off, calling the party morally and intellectually corrupt for their support of corporate welfare, subsidies and supply management.
With the bandaid ripped off, leader Andrew Scheer had an opportunity to heal the fractured party and send a message to Bernier’s supporters that there was still a place for them within the crumbling Harper coalition.
Instead, Scheer proved his loudest critics correct about being owned by the dairy cartel and in so doing, alienated many of the conservative movement’s most ardent activists - myself included.
A briefing binder was left behind by a clumsy dairy lobbyist detailing a back-up plan - a so-called safety net- in the event of passage of a grassroots policy motion to remove support of supply management from the party’s official platform. Andrew Scheer, the document said, would overrule the will of the party members in favour of the dairy cartel.
He was their milk maid. It was a scandal, dictatorial and undemocratic and everything we would have expected from the Liberals.
But the vote didn’t even take place. MPs and their staff are accused of wasting time to avoid a debate on supply management and verbally abusing delegates who wanted the vote.
Since I was banned by the party from reporting at the convention, I wasn’t in the room when this took place but tonight, I speak to someone who was there.
Red Deer-based delegate, Denton Wierzba, co-sponsored the policy motion and he joins me tonight to tell us the whole story of how the fix was in for supply management at the Halifax convention.