After many requests, I’m going to do what the mainstream media won’t and can’t be trusted to do by updating you on the latest news about Maxime Bernier’s new party in a fair and reasonable way.
At The Rebel, Bernier’s new party will be covered the same as the UCP or the CPC. As in, no criticism will be spared when the party deserves it, and good ideas that make government cheaper and less intrusive in our lives will be championed.
CBC contributor and MacLeans columnist Paul Wells said Bernier’s “voter base right now is the stupidest people on Twitter.”
That quip is why some people are inclined to support Bernier over Scheer. They think Bernier will take on Paul Wells and the CBC for their casual lies about conservative-minded people whereas Scheer seems to seek the approval of the slanderers at the expense of the slandered.
Yes, the new People’s Party is “splittist” — dividing the broad and formerly stable Stephen Harper big tent conservative coalition. I don’t like a divided conservative movement and there is plenty of blame for both Scheer and Bernier to share.
However, despite my criticism for both sides, I won’t resort to Paul Wells/CBC style coverage of conservatives from either party.
At the Rebel, we’re going to be fair to both sides because no one else is.
Maybe Bernier will show how fearless he is by coming on The Rebel occasionally, no doubt causing cranial explosions in the mainstream media. That invitation is open to both Scheer and Bernier.
Conservatives pride ourselves on being people of principle who don’t blindly follow a leader if we think the leader is wrong. It’s one of our best qualities but one of the worst qualities for political parties to manage.
It’s what leads us to have breakaway parties when the big party drifts left.
The best way for any conservative party to avoid dividing itself into dissident movements, like the Wildrose and Reform, is to stay conservative and ignore the pull to be liked by the left-leaning mainstream media.
Serve the people, not the people who hate you.