April 27, 2017

Who is my choice for new Conservative Party of Canada leader?

Ezra LevantRebel Commander

[NOTE: This episode was taped before Kevin O’Leary dropped out of the race.] In a month the Conservative Party will finally choose its new leader. 

We know who the Liberals want to win: Michael Chong, the left-wing, pro-carbon tax red liberal. Lisa Raitt is also too red. (Here’s a prediction: if a true conservative wins the leadership, Chong or Raitt or both will defect to the Liberals, in return for a prize.)

The Rebel has had some dealing with some of the candidates over the past few months. We had an anti-carbon tax rally in Edmonton; Andrew Saxton was there, so was Chris Alexander. When Alexander was on stage, some of the crowd chanted “lock her up,” about Rachel Notley.

He took it on the chin for that from the Media Party. Chris seemed wobbled by that but like some other candidates, he came to our next rally, against the M103 anti-Islamophobia motion.

Then he wobbled again over something our Gavin McInnes said. “No more Rebel Media events for me,” Alexander tweeted, after taking some flack.

Tonight I talk about the other leadership hopefuls, some of whom have also had dealings with The Rebel, some not. I'll tell you about some of those interviews and encounters, and generally about who impresses me, and who doesn’t.

Unless a catastrophic result happens — like a Liberal in false Conservative clothes wins, through fake membership sales — then the role of the Rebel will be to support the winner.

Not slavish support, but to help them do what’s right, criticize them when necessary, show them that they don’t have to bend to Media Party pressure. The Rebel, as Canada’s largest independent news media source, can give them a medium to communicate directly with the people.

We’ll be here for you, no matter what happens.

And that’s a higher loyalty than to any party or any politician.

NEXT: Broadcaster Dave Rutherford and I talk more about the state of the Conservative Party of Canada leadership race, then Aaron Wudrick of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation comes on to talk about the latest corporate welfare handouts for "green projects."


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commented 2017-04-28 23:59:20 -0400
liza Rosie,

Thank you for making a rare reasonable post.

It seems like you have accepted that your choice may not beat Trudeau, but as long as the leader fights Trudeau on everything, you can live with that.
commented 2017-04-28 22:46:32 -0400
Whoever does win the leadership needs to really get in everyone’s face and make sure all Canadians become familiar with him or her (to be fair) before the federal election, and spend a lot of time wooing Quebec.
commented 2017-04-28 22:41:05 -0400
Finally received my ballot. I decided I am going with the guy who I trust the most to do what he says he is going to do, and let the chips fall where they may. I probably would have voted for Bernier, but O’Leary’s endorsement changed my mind. I fear Bernier might be too pliable. I’m just sick of lies and not sticking with what is the most important to the base. I am sick of flip flopping. I want somebody who has been forthright from the beginning of this race.

If we get somebody in there who is nothing but a conservative in name only, who keeps immigration the way it is, or caves into the carbon tax crap, etc. etc. I will not be happy.

Yes I want the conservatives to win, but only with someone who is going to stand up for this country before it’s too late. I don’t see the point in anything else. I’ve concluded that I would rather have a really effective leader of the opposition than a turncoat PM. I am willing to take my chances and go for the guy I think will stay on course. In my opinion everyone has vacillated but one candidate.
commented 2017-04-28 18:02:08 -0400
People – Please do not feed the trolls!

For me, Western Separation is no longer the answer. I’m too old to enter that arena. Central America is calling…
commented 2017-04-28 16:37:05 -0400
Terry MacLeod,

If you are fine with losing constantly, so you can sleep better at night that the person running the conservative party is a true hard core conservative – then awesome. It’s win/win for the rest of Canada.
commented 2017-04-28 16:08:47 -0400
Jack Carter = Unprincipled.
commented 2017-04-28 14:40:11 -0400
Conservatives in Canada will never learn. Harper was deemed a liberal lite by many hard core conservative when it came to many things or he just kept his mouth shut because he knew there would be a backlash

Trost for leader – hope hope.
commented 2017-04-28 13:05:26 -0400
commented 2017-04-28 12:27:00 -0400
I’m voting for Brad Trost. He reminds me of Stephen Harper somewhat with his economics degree.
commented 2017-04-28 11:18:20 -0400
Trost has the gonads to beat Trudeau and straighten out the mess we have under the liberals.
commented 2017-04-28 11:11:05 -0400
I hope Trost or Leith wins leader – it will ensure that conservatives never come into power for a few election cycles.

I find it amazing that you all still haven’t figured out that the more conservative the candidate, the less chance they have to be PM.

I understand you want someone who is the most conservative, but then do you accept that they can’t win an election for PM – but at least the leader is a true conservative?
commented 2017-04-28 10:56:23 -0400
Great analysis Ron. That interview with Al Jazerra was a really good example of how Trost would fight for us. Everyone should watch it. Very impressive, he doesn’t back down. He definitely has what it takes to do the job, if he can get the job.
commented 2017-04-28 10:49:15 -0400
It would be really nice to have someone who could get the Liberals out. In order to do that Quebec has to be taken into consideration. Will Trudeau implode enough on his own for it not to matter? I don’t think so . There are a lot of blind followers out there.
Anyone who paid for a membership has probably investigated everything they can about each candidate so I think everyone who can vote is fairly clear on who stands for what.

As far as Australia is concerned I think it is very prudent of the Rebel to expand this way. We have to be creative to survive, because our adversaries, you can be sure ,will be creative in their attempts to take us down.
commented 2017-04-28 09:17:12 -0400
I’ll bet that half of the candidates are liberal plants!
commented 2017-04-28 08:59:59 -0400
CARRIE DODDS commented 4 hours ago
“Im with Max, only because he seems to be the least liberal. If he is lying & goes all liberal on me after he is elected…i was lied to again. But i have to pick someone.”

Carrie, did you not read Ron Voss’s comments? We could do a lot worse than Bernier but a lot better with Trost. Maxime is not the most conservative.

Thanks for that analysis, Ron.
First place isn’t hard to decide. Its those that follow in 2nd and 3rd and so on.
commented 2017-04-28 06:52:29 -0400
Jay Kelly… In regards to your comment about separation and BC… Who cares with BC does or what currency they use or the politics that the fruitcakes in the lower mainland like… We don’t need their permission to separate Alberta or Alberta and Saskatchewan or Alberta Saskatchewan and Manitoba.
Separation may be considered like an amputation… Amputate the affected parts and the rest of the body will remain healthy.
At this point anybody who doesn’t support western separation is either so badly informed about the state of affairs in the country and how fast it’s deteriorating or they are part of the treasonous effort to destroy Canada from within.
commented 2017-04-28 05:15:42 -0400
Im with Max, only because he seems to be the least liberal. If he is lying & goes all liberal on me after he is elected…i was lied to again. But i have to pick someone.
commented 2017-04-28 02:27:34 -0400
Brad Trost all the way. He is the most conservative.
commented 2017-04-28 02:07:10 -0400
I don’t care who wins the conservative race, as long as it is not Chong.

If Chris Alexander wants to redeem himself, he can chant lock her up.
commented 2017-04-28 01:10:00 -0400
Ron Voss, I agree with your rather lengthy comment. Brad Trost is the most Conservative of all the candidates. He also has two bachelor degrees; Economics and Geophysics.

The only draw back is that his French is not as good … yet … as it should be. But that is minor as far as I am concerned.

Brad Trost is the best candidate for party leader and the next PM of Canada.
commented 2017-04-28 01:01:19 -0400
Ezra, I am glad that you didn’t make a choice as to who you like as the new CPC leader, but you, nonetheless, gave some thoughts on who you would not pick, like Obhrai, Raitt, Chong and Alexander. I appreciate that you recognized that “Brad Trost is probably the most conservative candidate in the race”. As the Rebel is a conservative news and commentary source, I am surprised that a full-spectrum “100% conservative” is not given more weight as a leader for the *Conservative*Party of Canada; not the Liberal Lite Party of Canada. When I consider the checklist of issues that the Rebel deems important, Trost gets a strong checkmark on each. For example:
1) Sell the CBC: Trost introduced a private member’s bill in September 2016 (Bill C-308) which will come up for a recorded vote in early May. Kellie Leitch calls for dismantling the CBC which entails keeping some parts.
2) The hoax of man-made climate change: While all of the candidates, except Michael Chong, call for scrapping Trudeau’s carbon tax on becoming PM, Trost, a geophysicist, is the only candidate that dismisses the so-called ‘science’ of man-made climate change and declares that he will not take any initiatives to address this non-issue. Meanwhile, most of the other candidates, who are either going along with this scam or have been duped to believe it, while saying they will scrap Trudeau’s carbon tax, have not revealed what they will do to address this non-issue.
3) Immigration policy, especially with respect mass,often un-vetted, Muslim immigration: Kellie Leitch’s proposal for screening for Canadian values has received a lot of traction, tapping into the angst that Canadians have about the entry of terrorists and too much immigration too fast overwhelming our capacity to manage the influx. The strength of Kellie Leitch’s campaign thus far is largely based upon her announced immigration policy that people perceive will address their security concerns. I would invite an examination of the immigration policies posted by Leitch and Trost at their campaign web sites as to which best addresses the concerns:
Leitch: “Screening for Canadian Values”:
Trost, “Immigration: Defending the Canadian Way of Life”:
4) Bill C-16 (amending the Canadian Human Rights Act to add gender identity and gender expression to the list of prohibited grounds of discrimination): Faith Goldy and others like Jordan Peterson have spoken out against this bill. Of the leadership candidates, Trost and Scheer voted against it on third reading. While Bernier voted for it, he has since changed his mind upon talking to Jordan Peterson. While Kellie Leitch was absent from the vote, she had voted on a predecessor bill which was much the same in content. As well, Leitch, Chong, Raitt and Bernier joined Rona Ambrose and Patrick Brown marching under the LGBTory banner in the Toronto Gay Pride Parade.
5) Standing up to political correctness:
- While Rona Ambrose, Jason Kenney, Brian Jean and Chris Alexander surrendered to the media with respect to the “Lock her up" chant, Trost tweeted his support for the crowd, “Wanted to be there w my friend <a class="tweet-url username" href="http://twitter.com/intent/user?screen_name=calxandr">calxandr</a> supporting Albertans would’ve chanted w them <a class="tweet-url hashtag" href="https://twitter.com/#!/search?q=%23cpcldr" title="#cpcldr">#cpcldr</a> <a class="tweet-url hashtag" href="https://twitter.com/#!/search?q=%23LockHerUp" title="#LockHerUp">#LockHerUp</a>”. Trost also called for interim Conservative leader Rona Ambrose to apologize for her condemnation of the chants, calling her “out of touch.”: "RonaAmbrose should apologize for being out o touch & calling those grass roots Albertans “idiots” #cpcldr #LockHerUp”. Brad attended the Rebel’s subsequent ant-carbon-tax rally in Calgary as well as the Rebel’s anti-M-103 rally in Toronto.
- Trost was the only MP, conservative or otherwise, who voted against the politically-correct Bill C-309 creating a “Gender Equality Week’, which received 287 Yeas and 1 NAY.
- When Trost declared that as leader of Canada’s Conservative Party he wouldn’t march in pride parades nor help fund gay pride events as Prime Minister, Rona Ambrose ran to the media to indicate that she was “upset” by Trost’s ‘gay pride’ parade comments. Thereby, suggesting from her elitist position that Trost’s comments could hurt the Conservative brand, she even unfairly, as interim leader, intervened in the leadership campaign, saying: “Mr. Trost is running for the leadership and it will be our members that make that decision, and I’m going to leave it up to them. I have a lot of faith in them.” A lot of “faith in them” not to elect Trost!
- Revealing that he is not afraid to go head to head with the leftist media to defend our values, he consented to an interview on al-Jazeera where he stood his ground against the host, a liberal professor and a representative of the National Council of Canadian Muslims, defending free speech and explaining opposition to M-103.
commented 2017-04-28 00:58:34 -0400
On Green Subsidies: At the end of Part 2 of “From There to Here” I wrote:
“Also climate change is big business: For the media catastrophic climate change makes for sensational stories. For Environmental Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO’s) it helps raise donations. They tell you that the world is coming to an end, so donate so they can fight the evil villains. For Politicians, they can claim to be saving the world. One actually had the tenacity to suggest that the oceans would stop rising and the earth would heel because of his election. For Businesses, it is good to look green. For the Environmental businesses there are subsidies, guarantees, carbon credits and bail outs to be had. For Consultants and other Professionals, there is the business of advising business and NGO’s on how to navigate the rules, and obtain grants, subsidies and guarantees. For Academics and Universities, there are research grants and other public and private money to pursue. Climate Change is big business; I call it the Climate Change Gravy Train.”
Maybe I should have included some other business like Aerospace and Petroleum companies in the Green subsidy part.
commented 2017-04-28 00:25:29 -0400
Jay Kelly,

Why the hell would O’Leary support someone who he probably thinks is a nutjob. O’Leary is a fiscal conservative, but socially liberal – so he is not going to agree with Scheer’s views at all there.
commented 2017-04-28 00:09:42 -0400
Andrew Scheer has shown himself to be capable, is socially conservative, is fluently bilingual, and is thoughtful. I wish O’Leary had offered his support to Scheer or stayed neutral.
commented 2017-04-27 23:46:39 -0400
Leviticus 2013,

Well first of all, BC will tell the rest of the west to fuck off, since it’s pretty liberal in BC and second of all, the remaining west wouldn’t have the balls to actually do it. It would be the definition of an empty threat.
commented 2017-04-27 23:29:50 -0400
If the Liberals win in the next election the west must seriously and I do mean seriously contemplate separation.!!!
commented 2017-04-27 23:28:10 -0400
With such an unwieldy large selection of candidates with middling stances on almost everything, I want to say wake me up when it’s over about the conservative leadership contest. Except with this nondescript crowd it might be that much easier for a liberal infiltrator to prevail, (insert Patrick Brown). Bernier or Blaney seem somewhat prime ministerial and could demolish Trudeau on economic issues but who knows. Missing in action is Peter Mackay.
commented 2017-04-27 22:51:12 -0400
Fair enough Ezra, I am just as undecided. Thank you for reminding me about Scheer’s evasive non answers regarding making sure the people we let into Canada will accept Canadian values, and assimilate into our Canadian culture.

Shame on Deepak Obhrai. He has been in Canadian government for 20 years (I don’t know how long he’s been in Canada) and he mocks the concept that there is a Canadian culture at all? What does that tell us about the chances of acceptance of Canadian values and the recognition of the importance of a cohesive culture, for a peaceful and civil society by those we are letting into our country?

Multi racial, yes absolutely. Keep your customs (providing they are deemed legal under Canadian law) and religion, without demands. Everyone being treated with the same accommodation under Canadian laws with the expectation that they will join in and become a part of the Canadian fabric. This must be stressed, expected and supported. There is nothing ‘hateful’ about it, it is a fair and just expectation for Canadians to have. No one, group or government body is going to get away with redirecting the narrative to make it out to mean anything else. I hope whomever wins the leadership to the Conservative party takes this expectation and indeed this prerequisite of their base, very seriously.
commented 2017-04-27 22:27:23 -0400
Things not looking too good for the conservative party. It’s looking like Trudeau will win again and like Faith Goldy said, it’s do or die for the conservative party in following election.