I attended the second Conservative leadership debate. Organized by Ottawa area MP Pierre Poilievre, 9 of the 12 candidates spent up to two hours giving mini-speeches, answering questions from audience members and occasionally taking each other on.
One thing happened several times with many, if not all of the candidates, and it’s bothering me.
Conservative MPs accepted liberal media myths about their party and election record, and then repeated them.
Michael Chong claimed Conservatives need to be able to win in cities, Lisa Raitt said the party has trouble attracting women, and many suggested Conservatives lost a bunch of votes to happy go lucky Liberals.
Watch as I take on these myths to set the record straight and offer an important suggestion these candidates can take from the election of Donald Trump - be yourself.
We can argue about whether Trump was a real conservative or a real Republican or a closet Democrat, or crazy.
But none of that matters because he was himself. He was honest as any politician can be with voters. They saw his warts but elected him anyway because he identified problems voters cared about and promised solutions they understood.
That’s something all politicians could learn from but especially those currently seeking the Conservative Party leadership.