November 05, 2015

Conservative Party names Rona Ambrose interim leader -- and I'm not happy about it

Brian LilleyArchive

Rona Ambrose will be the Interim Leader of the Conservative Party of Canada and I'm not happy about it. 

Why? Because I think she should have thrown her name in for Leader. She's a skilled politician who would have given Trudeau a run for his money from day one.

With the Interim leadership taken care of, I turn my thoughts back to who could, and who I think should, run for the leadership. Let me know what you think in the comments.

And in the meantime, Rona Ambrose as Interim Leader is a welcome face, a smart face and someone that will take the party where it should go.


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commented 2015-11-06 11:41:14 -0500
appology for missing on some words in the post below
commented 2015-11-06 11:35:43 -0500
Terry, you have raised some good points and I do agree that some serious soul searching beside whining is needed. But the reason why I am in conservative’s camp in first place is exactly these the issues you have mentioned ie “immigrants, radicals, feminists, labour, environmentalists” otherwise I would be in liberal’s camp. I am an immigrant but would expect others like me to be respectful of the “values” which attracted us here rather than bringing my own from over there to impose them on ones who have created “those attractive values” here. I need to be apprehensive of radicals as they are the most determined lot who have serious global ambitions and now permeated every nook and corner of western world. I have to remind feminists that defending niqab is exactly the opposite of what they have been preaching under the doctrine of feminism. Labour unions have become mafias sucking tax dollers and engaging in politics for the reasons to defeat those who are calling their bluff. Environmentalist have to be confronted on their double standards, hypocrisy and the conduct which is undermining the very foundations of especially Canadian economy. So now it is up to you to explain as to change you would like to bring in conservatives so that they become ‘palatable’ and don’t look like Liberals or NDP? In case you don’t want them to be distinguishable –well I would say than they don’t need to exist!
Regarding Brian Lilley’s question— I would Rona continue as next leader of Conservative party
commented 2015-11-06 11:27:22 -0500
Ken Waters said, “Question period should be fun. She’s smarter than Trudeau.”

Without a doubt she is far smarter the Trudeau. But now that she is interim leader she cannot run for the party leadership. That’s really too bad because I would like to see her take the party back into office in 2019 and be the PM. She could do well as PM!
commented 2015-11-06 11:04:15 -0500
Peter: I’m saying that the Conservative party is condemning itself to a decade of political exile if it simply blames Canada for “getting it wrong”.
commented 2015-11-06 10:59:10 -0500
Well Terry Rudden, your analysis of the errors or the Republican Party does hold truth in it, but it doesn’t paint the complete picture. You dismiss the role of the media, and you dismiss the very clear and admitted bias that the media has. Finally you dismiss the influence of the media in the election outcome, both in the US and here in Canada, which is most puzzling. You seem to be an intelligent person, and by dismissing the influence and the bias of the media, you are engaging in political rhetoric, and ignoring simple facts. As for the election in Canada that saw Trudeau win with 39.4 percent of the vote, mainly centered around small low population ridings in eastern Canada. If you are going to say that the CBC, CTV and the rest of the MSM, as well as the large unions and foreign special interest groups, who funneled millions into defeating Harper, had no influence. Then your are leaving your brains on the doorstep, and stepping into the discussion unarmed and dishonest.
commented 2015-11-06 10:55:14 -0500
I probably have seen Rona Ambrose a few times on the news, but in general don’t know much about her. I have seen Michelle Rempel though, and I really like her. She’s young, but she can hold her own with the older politicians, unlike Justin who’s like a little boy trying to sound grown up.

Rempel is smart and feisty, yet expresses this in a calm and collected way, very much like Harper. I’ve heard Ambrose’s approach is similar as well, and if that’s true, she’ll easily put Justin in his place and keep him there. No doubt she’ll be consulting with Harper often too.
commented 2015-11-06 10:29:29 -0500
Gee Rudden, the Republicans now dominate the House. Pretty clear indication of what Americans think of Obama don’t you think?
commented 2015-11-06 10:20:12 -0500
Question period should be fun. She’s smarter than Trudeau.
commented 2015-11-06 09:52:00 -0500
Jack Fucken Carter, this is about the new interim leader of the CPC. But here you are still beating that drum about Harper. Please seek help.
commented 2015-11-06 09:35:20 -0500
Well Brian. It is still early.

Remember Justin Trudeau didn’t want to be PM once either.
commented 2015-11-06 08:58:34 -0500
“As for the debating, it is not a matter of who wins the debates. It comes down to who wins the voters. With the media on the side of the left, Trudeau can lose every debate and the media will still make him look like a winner.” Too true and regrettable that Canadians fall for it!
commented 2015-11-06 08:30:11 -0500
Congratulations to Rona Ambrose as the interim leader of the Conservative Party. Contrary to the posts by the lefty trolls, the Conservative Party will continue to remain strong and united as we weather the four years of stormy weather that is ahead for our great country. To all the less than 3 out of 10 Liberal voters who put this government in place, never forget that you are responsible for anything and everything that transpires over the next four years. You no longer will be able to blame Mr. Harper, although you will attempt to do so. You can deflect, deny, and obfuscate as many times as you want, but, the loyal Conservative voter will see through your shenanigans. And, lest you forget, WE will hold you and your government accountable every step of the way!
commented 2015-11-06 07:59:50 -0500
Two words Peter MacKay! Im sure those lefties woud be happy with him as Leader of the party… no wait they’d only be happy if there were no conservatives in the party at all never mind one leading the party. Happy with the choice for interm leader and I wish her and the party all the best. God Bless!
commented 2015-11-06 07:57:46 -0500
Hey Jack, you don’t think it could – wait for it – be a bit of BOTH? Typical stupid dumb fucking Left Wing Socialist. Everything to you idiots is “this” OR “that”. Like terrorists are either crazy, or a terrorist. Couldn’t possibly be both now could it? Little too much for your brain perhaps Such a stupid redneck!!
commented 2015-11-06 07:28:34 -0500
Two quick points:
a) an interim leader is almost inevitably a placeholder, not a candidate for leadership. Ambrose is a competent soldier and a reasonable talking head, and her selection sends a reassuring message to Harper loyalists that the party is staying the course.
b) Having said that, the biggest challenge facing the Conservatives as they regroup will be the same problem as the one that faced the Republican party following the first election of Barack Obama. The Party convinced itself that the electorate had fallen under the sway of a charismatic charlatan who would fail in short order, that the people would come to their senses, and hand the Presidency back to the Republicans in the next election. They failed to take honest stock of a few political demographic realities, and lost the next election as well. And now it looks as though they’re heading into loss #3, despite a relatively weak Democratic candidate – all because they’ve spent so much time and energy blaming the evil media, immigrants, radicals, feminists, labour, environmentalists, and so on, instead of asking themselves why they seem to be out of synch with the country.
commented 2015-11-06 04:13:13 -0500
Hmmm. Good point about not living in a major city where the stupidity is taking place.

Maybe I should move to Swift Current. I remember that town as being really nice. I can’t believe I want to move to Saskatchewan.
commented 2015-11-06 03:29:28 -0500
And just Stay Tuned Folks!… Within just 72 hours (!) we know that Israel is no longer a favourite friend of Canada; the long form census is back to probe your inner life; Bombardier is back on the government teat; there will be no jet traffic into Toronto’s Billy Bishop Airport, and the Court Challenges Program is back to wreak havoc on our judicial system to kiss offenders butts… Ain’t life grand?… At this rate, by Christmas, Omar Khadr will probably be designated Welcome Ambassador for those 25,000 unscreened “Syrian refugees” invading our shores… I sure as Hell am glad I am not a resident of one of our major cities where these insanities are going to blossom – BLOSSOM – in the coming months and years…
commented 2015-11-06 02:41:40 -0500
Of course Harper could have done a better job with the campaign.

But don’t pretend that the media is not in love with Trudeau. Just listen to CBC make it look like we are entering a golden age, because the days of Harper making cuts to canadian arts and culture are over.
commented 2015-11-06 02:28:41 -0500
Rona is smart and a very strong public speaker. She will be a challenge for Trudeau and the Liberals. The opposition is in good hands.
commented 2015-11-06 01:40:13 -0500

Harper lost because of Harper. It is such a fallacy that the media won Trudeau the election. The Harper campaign was horrible and it was his time to go.

It has been interesting listening to many conservatives and conservative politicians on various talk shows and podcasts – admit that Harper fucked up and go into extensive detail as to why Harper lost. Of course, they are objective and don’t just point their finger at the media.
commented 2015-11-06 01:00:44 -0500
I have watched Rona on Question Period, She is calm and collected with her answers, but if she gets attacked, she can answer back with a razor sharp tongue. I do not see a problem.

Lest we forget, Trudeau is incompetent. He did not win this Election, it was handed to him by the MSM and self interest groups with offshore money. He will be easy to stomp on.
commented 2015-11-06 00:49:22 -0500
My comment about Danielle Smith was not meant to be taken seriously.

As for the debating, it is not a matter of who wins the debates. It comes down to who wins the voters. With the media on the side of the left, Trudeau can lose every debate and the media will still make him look like a winner.
commented 2015-11-05 23:20:14 -0500
Rona Ambrose!!! and you expect her to take on JT and 180 boasting Liberals? I was thinking of someone tough like the “Guard Dog” John Baird. We better find a Donald in the next few years or were stuck with JT for at least 8 years.
commented 2015-11-05 22:52:34 -0500
You are all forgetting something. Trudeau beat Harper, despite the fact that you all thought Harper tore him to shreds in the debates. If Trudeau can beat your beloved leader – then it’s probably best that you don’t underestimate his chances of being re-elected.
commented 2015-11-05 22:45:23 -0500
With Harper whispering into Rona’s ear, and her natural smarts, she will be giving JT nightmares for the next 2 to 3 years. At this point in time though, I think it’s a little premature to predict who the next CPC leader will be.
commented 2015-11-05 22:24:57 -0500
Rona is as smart as a whip and could tear Trudeau to shreds if she chose to do so on any topic with a possible exception of how to support Radical Extremist Muslims and still be politically viable.
commented 2015-11-05 22:21:46 -0500
Sam Young said “That woman is an idiot. … I would rather have Danielle Smith.” – Look at the new crop of idiot popping up like a turd in a tub!
1) Danielle Smith is not an MP for the CPC, she could not become Interim Leader.
2) Anyone who would vote for the Cow that got the NDP elected in Alberta should be banned from voting for life due to their unstable mental state. In court you would be made a ward of a psychiatric ward to keep you and others safe.
commented 2015-11-05 21:48:12 -0500
Don’t know anything about Rona but I value Brian’s opinion. I also would love Harper to stay and fight back. I’m sure he is worn out with the keftwing shit thrown at him.
commented 2015-11-05 21:45:47 -0500
People. You do Steven Harper was privy to knowledge of stuff that is happening globally. It’s like when a new president gets elected he gets informed of all the scandals that’s have happened over the years like the cia killing jkf. Bc he was actually for the people and not for government. If people want real change they should look at history and look at what jfk was about and for. And you will see what real change is and how corrupt corporations and governments really are. But back to my reason why Harper is sticking around to make the liberals and Trudeau nervous. Harper can leak a lot of stuff abt global issues and Trudeau and his party knows this. Harper is like that person just sits back and smiles at Trudeau and makes trudeaus nervous because Trudeau knows Harper can destroy his political 4 years as prime minister
commented 2015-11-05 21:45:39 -0500
I’d be all for it. Go get em champ