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 2018-08-28 09:16:50 -0400
“ The truth will set you free , but first it will piss you off “ Joe Klaas
commented 2018-08-28 09:14:50 -0400
“ The price of apathy towards public affairs is too be ruled by evil men “ Plato
commented 2018-08-28 09:10:42 -0400
I will always vote against communism along with all its many forms and failed ideologies .
commented 2018-08-28 09:03:53 -0400
I may just sit on my hands this go round. I really hate someone who throws The Rebel under the bus while saying they believe in free speech.
commented 2018-08-28 09:01:54 -0400
My vote is stick with the CPC and let Bernier raise hell in order to bring down Smilin’ Andy and reunify the CPC.
commented 2018-08-28 08:58:26 -0400
“but I will always vote conservative no matter what”

commented 2018-08-28 08:57:23 -0400
“Some are actually almost respectable.” Of course, I am referring to classic Liberals. You know, the ones that have at least some semblance of morals, as twisted as they are.
commented 2018-08-28 08:56:59 -0400
Peter N , I don’t know how this is all going to unfold but I know one thing and that is it’s going to be interesting to see what happens in the next year but I will always vote conservative no matter what .
commented 2018-08-28 08:53:55 -0400
Jimmy, that wasn’t entirely correct, but in true troll fashion you misquote just ever so slightly to make it say what you want. I said the liberal/socialist trolls will mock and gloat for the next 5 years. Not all Liberals are as much of an a-hole as you. Some are actually almost respectable.
commented 2018-08-28 08:50:17 -0400
Well Ron, this one is particularly good at dumbing down the conversation, harping on about something that really does not matter.

Hmmm… to work within the CPC to get it back to a true Conservative party or to dump them and go for Bernier’s party. A tough one, but thought provoking.
commented 2018-08-28 08:47:51 -0400
That’s OK Peter, I knew you were talking to me. Remember, I do actually read your posts.
commented 2018-08-28 08:46:11 -0400
The populist movement is going worldwide. Look what happened in Australia. The lefty Green Meanie, pro-mass migration PM was dumped by his party and replaced by a conservative.
commented 2018-08-28 08:44:45 -0400
Peter N , One thing I know for fact is that the stupid is strong with all the trolls and there many names and personalities that conflict with each other knowing tfor the most part they are just here to dumb down the conversation .
commented 2018-08-28 08:43:44 -0400
Sorry, I meant Robert, not Ron. Doh!
commented 2018-08-28 08:43:37 -0400
Well Peter, we have a year, anything can happen, nothing is written.
commented 2018-08-28 08:42:59 -0400
Ron, I guess only time will tell. We have to keep our eyes open and mind independent and free to evaluate all that is happening and take the best course we feel is the right one … and let the indoctrinated socialist trolls live out their fantasy life.

You are right again, Ron, I do feel sorry for the troll.
commented 2018-08-28 08:41:51 -0400
Come hear the sad story of 2 percent Scheer
Kept sucking on milk when he should have had beer
No hair on his chest, and his balls never dropped
So Juthtin the Sissy stayed up on the top
commented 2018-08-28 08:35:10 -0400
Jimmy “one-tune and slow-mind” Da Silva (Reece) is screeching again. What a racket!

Ron, what he says it truth because he says it. And quick, take a look at the link he provided to a socialist site that agrees with him (or was indoctrinated by – hard to tell which).
commented 2018-08-28 08:31:48 -0400
“Don’t donate, don’t volunteer, don’t support them and when they contact you give them an ear full.”

On that we fully agree.
commented 2018-08-28 08:30:24 -0400
“Newsflash – Trump is hated by most Canadians.”

Newsflash – You could not possible know that.

I can believe that in the circles you frequent, that is true, but you do not speak for all Canadian, nor even the majority, just you pathetic little clique.
commented 2018-08-28 08:30:15 -0400
Nice try Jimmy, but you really do need to "up’ your game a lot. LOL
commented 2018-08-28 08:28:45 -0400
Peter, I think step one is getting rid of Smilin’ Andy as soon as possible. Preferably, by putting heat on the CPC to dump him. His performance at the convention was underwhelming and I think most conservatives know that. Don’t donate, don’t volunteer, don’t support them and when they contact you give them an ear full. I may hold my nose and vote for Smilin’ Andy, but the way he has behaved is making that unlikely
commented 2018-08-28 08:26:03 -0400
Jimmy R , with comments like that you might want to get some much needed mental help but you might be waiting awhile because there will be lots of our new arrivals that will be in the line ahead of you .
commented 2018-08-28 08:21:15 -0400
Jimmy R , The popular vote doesn’t mean crap as you have seen with our neighbors election so your comment is mute .
commented 2018-08-28 08:20:31 -0400
Peter, I think our trolls are funny, I almost pity them.
commented 2018-08-28 08:20:14 -0400
Good idea, Robert, but how?
commented 2018-08-28 08:19:19 -0400
Robert said, “Funny how all the sh*tholes of the world are run by the far left. Must be just a coincidence I guess.”

Can’t be. It must be because some evil Conservative somewhere sabotaged their socialist paradise. That’s the only possible explanation … right Jimmy?
commented 2018-08-28 08:18:43 -0400
Peter, my view is the CPC is too valuable a commodity to allow the CINO’s to take it over.
We must fight to take the party back first, then we can win the country.
commented 2018-08-28 08:15:44 -0400
Wouldn’t it be nice if the trolls would just take a long walk off a short pier?
commented 2018-08-28 08:15:16 -0400
Funny how all the sh*tholes of the world are run by the far left. Must be just a coincidence I guess.