As you may have heard, Andrew Scheer has banned The Rebel from attending the Conservative Party convention in Halifax this week.
We’re going anyways, of course. And even if we’re forced to do our reporting from the street outside the convention centre, you know it’s going to be more fair and accurate than Trudeau’s CBC.
(PS: Go to LetUsReport.com, where we have a petition to Scheer: Tell him to focus on his real enemies — Trudeau and the CBC.)
But I want to talk to you about something else:
I’ve had more calls and emails from senior Conservatives in the past week than I've had in the past year.
None of them are looking to throw Scheer overboard. This is not a Patrick Brown moment — yet.
No, they all just really want their leader to do better.
I started getting these calls and emails before we were banned from the convention, by the way. Instead, they started coming in when Maxime Bernier tweeted about Trudeau’s extreme multiculturalism.
His comments were a huge hit with Conservative Party members, and with ordinary citizens sick of Trudeau’s saccharine shallowness. And the media loved it, because it was a real fight. They obviously are on Trudeau’s side, but at least it wasn’t boring.
And of course they also used it to demonstrate how weak Andrew Scheer has been by contrast.
TONIGHT I'll tell you what I told these Conservatives, when they asked me, in effect:
How do you solve a problem like Andrew Scheer?
One of Scheer’s challenges is: What to do with Bernier?
They have policy differences, especially on supply management — an obscure issue that, what, 80 per cent of the party knows is the wrong policy.
So imagine making a deal with Bernier, making him the point-man on that file. Let him come up with a new policy, and be the salesman for it in Quebec. Use Bernier’s Quebec reputation; his French fluency; his confidence and knowledge in the file.
And if Scheer really thinks it’s political suicide to do that — why, what better “gift” to give to Bernier..?
There are other scenarios, of course. WATCH and I'll share more of my brainstorming.
I had a phone call with a very senior member of Scheer’s team — I won’t say who. And I said: why are you banning us? And he said, because if we interact with you, that in itself become a media story for a whole week.
And it’s true.
But it is also completely pitiful.
And not conservative...
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