August 27, 2018

Why the Conservative Party convention was “a gong show”

Ezra LevantRebel Commander

I’m back from the Conservative Party of Canada’s convention in lovely Halifax. I was there with Sheila Gunn Reid, our Alberta bureau chief, and two of our staff, Eitan and Efron.

We covered a lot of ground. And we had a meet and greet for Rebel supporters, and hundreds of people came out. It was so jam-packed, the hotel was afraid we'd violate the fire code.

But the convention itself — well, that’s a different matter...

As you know, on the eve of the convention, Maxime Bernier quit the Conservatives, and said he was contemplating setting up his own party.

Had Bernier simply delayed his exit by a few days, it would have helped him — he could have pointed to the gong show of the convention as proof that he had to leave it.

I call it a gong show for a few reasons.

First: Andrew Scheer has made protecting Quebec’s dairy cartel his signature issue. The dairy cartel literally had 25 lobbyists in attendance. I can’t imagine that any other group had more than one or two.

We know this because a huge dairy lobbyist binder was left on the table of a restaurant, and it was found by a regular party member, who made the contents public. And these documents make it clear that the whole thing was a stitch up from the start. We spoke to many delegates who thought they actually had a chance to shape the party’s direction; they were infuriated by these rigged rules in the dairy cartel's favour, by the way supply management was intentionally placed at the very end of the agenda, making a real debate on the issue impossible.

And of course, Andrew Scheer banned The Rebel from the conference. Even some of his staffers opposed this, and told Scheer this to his face. It didn't make any difference.

I’m absolutely certain that the only real reason why Scheer banned The Rebel is because the other media bullied him into doing it. That’s not just a theory, either, as I'll explain tonight.

Anyway, as promised, I delivered our petition of 10,000 party members demanding that we be allowed in to the convention — but Scheer had a six-member security team watching us the whole time. When we walked to the door, they sent someone to block us, but not even a Conservative staffer. Instead, they sent out... a student intern from the convention centre. Again, so weird.

Look, Justin Trudeau needs to be replaced. The only party that can replace him is the Conservatives. (Maxime Bernier doesn’t yet have a new party, and it won’t win.

Perhaps Scheer thinks that means any conservative in the country is trapped, and must support him.

That’s what Patrick Brown thought, too...

I will make a prediction and it’s an unhappy one:

Unless Andrew Scheer finds some courage somewhere, and realizes that his true enemy is the liberal media, he will lose the next election.

And the Conservative Party will be much more divided, much smaller and much weaker than the one he inherited from Harper.

NEXT: Our Alberta Bureau Chief, Sheila Gunn Reid, comes on to talk more about the Conservative convention, and the issue of birthright citizenship, which is now under scrutiny after a leaked Liberal memo.

THEN: One of our favourite guests and experts, Manny Montenegrino, joins me to talk about Trump's trade deal with Mexico, and what Trudeau's Liberals are doing while this important deal is taking place.

FINALLY: Your messages to me! 

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commented 2018-09-05 19:12:45 -0400
It terrifies me that any politician would be afraid of media (rebel) questions.
That is an immediate red flag for corruption.
commented 2018-08-29 13:03:26 -0400
Old news Jamie… Doug’s position depends entirely what happens on NAFTA and there ain’t much happening with NAFTA .
commented 2018-08-29 00:49:00 -0400
DFC has been told by the leader’s office that he will exercise this power and that this policy will not be in the Conservative election platform regardless of the outcome at convention.”
Scheer is filthy.!!
commented 2018-08-28 21:39:51 -0400

I posted this in another thread Flatwater..Flatearth, unfortunately the troll is signing in under three of his current monikers (he has 4 currently on the go, two new two older) to spam the thread severely so this news item will get lost in that thread. It covers the topic of the dairy issue as well. Posting it here so at least on one thread it won’t be lost under the spam.
commented 2018-08-28 21:33:23 -0400
Robert Mcllelland… your stubbornness is commendable but that’s as far as it goes… You couldn’t be more wrong.!! The party is so rotten that if Bernier does win they will disappear into obscurity for half of forever.!! . Everyone of the CPC MP’s that were at that meeting knew damn well where the stand was going to be with the dairy issue. I hate to say this like this but you’re acting like a reverse troll and it sounds like you want to split the party as opposed to building something fresh and clean and brand new free from any internal bureaucracies issues, internal squabbling and discontent, black mail, owed favours, Iou’s or scandals.!! Mr. Bernier is not a Johnny-come-lately into the scene, he is a senior member MP who’s name is well known across Canada Who is respected as far west as Alberta and British Columbia and hold huge influence in Quebec and Ontario.! I could understand your concerns if he was a green rookie nobody and setting out the form a new party with nothing but high hopes and ambition. Obviously this is not the case.! What is your reason for supporting something that is obviously broken and dirty and corrupt.?? It’s really that simple… Any conservatives there that are really good this is the opportunity for them to leave and take their constituents with them without being punished… Any that stay obviously support the corruption that’s going on and the dairy cartel is just the stuff that we found out about… what is below the surface from here.??? Why are you so in love with the conservative party and your wish to hold a stinking rotten corpse together with bandaids, tape and string then hold your nose and hope for the best… I just don’t get it.. Only the Lord can breathe life into a dead corpse and he ain’t going to do that for the CPC’s and neither will anybody else in their right mind .!
commented 2018-08-28 21:04:30 -0400
“the purge of the Ontario PC party only took a few months”

Was thinking about that part of your comment Robert. You are mistaken, it was much longer than that. Think back to Hudak’s time, I remember a shake up occurring then. That’s when changes started taking place, however once the scandal hit with Brown the gloves came off. But I wager you will find a number of the same policies that were in effect before are still in effect.
commented 2018-08-28 20:26:22 -0400
Well like I said Robert, everyone needs something to believe in. If we all thought the same we would not have so many differing opinions or so many political parties and independents. But saying yours is more realistic will not make it so, just because it can be done on a provincial level does not equate to it happening on a federal level. Just the logistics in implementing such a purge is vastly different between provincial versus federal. Best way to sum it up is that some of us will view the glass half empty the others half full, believe what you will. From my point of view from the articles/videos/etc that I have viewed I am far more optimistic in the probability of creating a new party rather than cleaning house of an old party.
commented 2018-08-28 20:10:18 -0400
Hyacinth, the purge of the Ontario PC party only took a few months, we then defeated the Liberals in a massive victory. I see absolutely no reason why this can’t happen on a federal level. As much as I like Max, he hasn’t even started his party yet. My scenario is far more realistic than yours.
commented 2018-08-28 19:59:51 -0400
You are missing the point Robert. A purge did finally happen on the provincial level but look how many years it took, and not all the policies have changed either, just wait you’ll see, don’t be shocked when that comes to light. The federal level does not have that luxury of waiting that long. Even should there be another leader federal level before the election you can bet the farm most, not all, but most of the policies will remain as they currently are. But like I said earlier, believe what you will.
commented 2018-08-28 19:50:41 -0400
The rot is at the top not at the base. If you have a solid foundation you go from there. You do not have to tear everything out a start all over. Nothing unrealistic about that at all.
commented 2018-08-28 19:47:28 -0400
Hyacinth, so then you deny that Doug Ford is a success story? That the transformation we have seen in Ontario is not reality? No Hyacinth the reality is the grunts of Ford Nation won while the elite became the gofers.
commented 2018-08-28 19:36:28 -0400
The rot is too deep Robert, but hey who am I to burst your bubble, believe whatever tickles your fancy, everybody needs something to believe in. I prefer to keep my feet firmly planted on the ground, reality is that the elites call the shots, always have, no doubt always will. The grassroots are the grunts, the worker bees; the elites are the queen of the hive calling the shots and controlling the hive.
commented 2018-08-28 19:32:48 -0400
I don’t think the CPC base is much different than Ford Nation so I’m not giving up on it yet.
commented 2018-08-28 19:19:30 -0400
Doug Ford has built his shed on the sound foundation of Ford Nation, the elite didn’t like but too bad, so sad.
commented 2018-08-28 19:17:30 -0400
No Hyacinth, the grassroots are the party are the foundation of the party, not the elite. Again, the PC party of Ontario is the precedent for what can happen when you get a new leader, the results are undeniable.
commented 2018-08-28 19:13:51 -0400
Ron, most Quebecois are of European descent, more particularly French descent, that is what being pure laine is all about.
commented 2018-08-28 17:21:09 -0400
Gee Whiz, folks. This really is shaping up to be a mother of all bad weeks for Trudeau, Scheer and Canadians and just a stunner for Trump, Bernier and our American cousins.

Bernier and his new party are going to hold the balance of power post next year’s election (he’ll likely only need a half dozen or so and he’s already got that). He’ll be our de facto PM in a minority PC government until he forces a party merger and leadership race and he’s in. Simple.

Meanwhile, Trump’s set up our naive, childish PM and his toadies for the whipping of their lives, pretending to care about dairy supply management when all what he wants is our165,000 auto jobs to add to Mexico’s and he’s going to get ‘em. The ONLY way he can do so is via auto tariffs so he’s got his hapless, wimpy, self-righteous neighbours to the north actually believing they’re about to attend a negotiation when it will be a very quick merciless slaughter. Might take a couple of hours or so before our overcompensating female minister tries to play tough on dah, Trump’s guys will walk and head to the golf course, permanently. Trump look like the heroe he is is to dairy folks for standing up for them and even more so of course to all those unemployed auto workers and unions who gratefully take our jobs.

Even funnier, Scheer realizes just how foolish he was in not supporting Bernier’s opposition to supply management such that he can hardly criticize Trudeau and his gang for precipitating the biggest trade and economic blunder in Canadian history. Well done, Andrew. Condolences to Canada.
commented 2018-08-28 16:46:40 -0400
Waking up the sheeple is a hard task but it’s important we get the point across but I see there are lots of patriotic Canadians that are up for the task . You can lead a horse to water but you can’t make it drink ! But if you are patient and persistent eventually the horse will get thirsty .
commented 2018-08-28 16:32:30 -0400
Robert… Quit voting the party and vote for the man and his principles.. Party voting is how we got into this shit ball mess in the first place.!!
commented 2018-08-28 16:11:53 -0400
Robert M , I wonder how many Europeans live in Quebec and what they think about his replacement comment ?
commented 2018-08-28 16:07:46 -0400
Robert Mcclelland commented
“If Max took over the Conservative party, which is my preferred option, there would be a fresh slate of people running things. "

That’s a real pleasant thought, but no. Don’t expect that everything would change with new leadership, the vast majority of old policies would remain in effect.

Look at it differently, say if for example you wanted to repair your garden shed because there was just too much rot in a number of the planks of wood, would you A) remove all the planks and start fresh or B) slap wood on top of the rotten wood? Simply replacing the leadership is akin to merely slapping wood on top of the old wood. Better to scrap it and start fresh.
commented 2018-08-28 16:07:22 -0400
“ I find it offensive that’s Communist retards are in charge of my country and I am going to do everything in my power to remove these Communist retards “ Ron Christensen
commented 2018-08-28 16:03:07 -0400
Ron, when he goes into Quebec, Junior says he is Quebecois, hypocrite much?
commented 2018-08-28 16:01:28 -0400
The party of Doug Ford is completely different from the party of Patsy Brown.
commented 2018-08-28 16:01:00 -0400
“ I find it offensive that Europeans settled this country and I’m going to make sure I do everything in my power to replace these old stock Canadians .” Justin Trudeau Thanks for the warning retard !
commented 2018-08-28 15:53:06 -0400
If Max took over the Conservative party, which is my preferred option, there would be a fresh slate of people running things.
commented 2018-08-28 15:51:36 -0400
Flatwater, the party elite changes over when there is a new leader.
commented 2018-08-28 15:50:05 -0400
Even at this point he’s got more than sure… He supports everything Trudeau supports how come you can’t see that… The party elite is OK with it because they’re all part of the same homogenized group.!!
commented 2018-08-28 15:17:43 -0400
In case anyone is wondering – Poem is about the troll of many monikers, one of his current monikers is Jimmy Reece.