[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."