Andrew Scheer banned Rebel reporters from covering the Conservative Party convention in Halifax. Of course that didn’t stop us from going, both Sheila Gunn Reid and me.
Not only to do journalism but also to meet hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of Rebel fans in person, including at our jam-packed hospitality room.
Nearly 10,000 Conservative Party members signed our petition to Andrew Scheer, demanding that we be allowed to report on the convention. Scheer refused to yield to his own members; in fact, he refused to even let us deliver the petition to a party staffer — he sent a student intern working for the convention centre, along with seven security guards, to stop us from even entering the building.
That’s a bit off-key for a Conservative who claims to be for free speech, or for the grassroots. But of course the liberal CBC was welcomed right in.
The convention itself was a mixed bag. Maxime Bernier quit the Conservative party the day before the convention, accusing his victorious leadership rival, Andrew Scheer, of being soft on conservative issues, especially the dairy cartel, sometimes called “supply management.”
Unfortunately, Scheer did his best to prove Bernier right, by cutting off debate on the subject, and then partying with the 25 dairy lobbyists who attended the convention. One of those lobbyists left his confidential briefing books at a restaurant, and its contents were shocking, including a memo saying that Andrew Scheer guaranteed that he’d protect the dairy lobby, even if grassroots conservatives voted against it in their policy debates. It wasn’t good.
By the time the weekend was over, a public opinion poll showed that Bernier’s proposed new party wouldn’t likely win any seats, but it could be a spoiler for Scheer, slicing off enough votes, dividing the right, to let Trudeau win again next year. What a mess.
So what should we do? We, at the Rebel, and we as conservatives Canadians?
Well, we keep fighting for our principles, that’s what. You know, our first motto at The Rebel was “fearless”. And that’s what we’ve got to be. We’re not afraid of the dairy lobby, that’s for sure. But we’re not afraid of the Media Party, either, or anyone who calls us mean names because, for example, we’re against extreme multiculturalism, or unlimited, unvetted immigration. I sense that Andrew Scheer is afraid of a lot of things like that; that’s why he’s so wobbly. Well, we’re lucky — we can be braver than him, because we don’t have to worry about how the media covers us — we are the media.
And that’s my promise to you.
I believe that defeating Justin Trudeau should be the top priority of all Canadians in 2019. It should also be achievable, given how weak Trudeau is, his series of gaffes, and the slowing Canadian economy. We know that Doug Ford just won, so it’s possible for Conservatives to break through, with a strong, brave message, even in Ontario.
Defeating Trudeau is job one. But that’s not going to happen if Andrew Scheer is weak. So our job continues to be to help him find his courage, by making the case for truly conservative ideas, especially on things like open borders immigration, that he’s obviously afraid of. We’ll try to pull him to the right, given how many media are pushing him to the left. We’ll keep speaking up for grassroots conservatives who actually are conservatives.
If we succeed, and make Andrew Scheer a real conservative, that’s great. But if not, we’ll still be here. Fighting hard during Trudeau’s disastrous second term, keeping the conservative flame alive until someone more courageous comes along — whoever that is.
Because we only answer to you, our viewers.
Thank you, for chipping in to cover the airfare and rooms for Sheila, me and our staff in Halifax. It was important that we were there, to fly the flag. If you like what we did, and want to help keep us strong, please visit LetUsReport.com to click on our crowdfunding page to cover our costs.
Justin Trudeau wants us to shut up, and unfortunately Andrew Scheer does too. Well, so what? We won’t.
And with your support, we’ll be around for a lot longer.
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