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 08:14:29 -0400
I understand voting for principles. It is also a valid principle to take the best of a lousy choice.

Maxime and his party may not be strong all across Canada, only time will tell.

As I have said before that I will vote for Bernier if/when he has his party up and going with 338 candidates and a fully ratified party constitution. However, common sense says that will not be done in one year. Hence, I will bite my tongue, hold my nose, and vote for the party that can oust Justin “the major embarrassment” Trudeau.
commented 2018-08-28 08:12:52 -0400
There are plenty of liberal sh*tholes in the world there really is no point in adding Canada to the list.
commented 2018-08-28 08:11:20 -0400
If one knows that the Liberals are in the process of destroying the country, why would one want members of their own party joining in?
commented 2018-08-28 08:10:02 -0400
Anything is possible just look what happened in the Americans last election .
commented 2018-08-28 08:09:02 -0400
Peter, the result of all this is far from clear.
commented 2018-08-28 08:05:38 -0400
Bernier won’t be able to mount a serious challenge to the CPC right across Canada even if he does get a party up and running. His impact will be limited. He may, however, have considerable success in Quebec, which will hurt the Liberals far more than the Tories. Smilin’ Andy may well have to go cap-in-hand to Mad Max if he wants to be PM.
commented 2018-08-28 08:03:51 -0400
Peter N , valid point but one must vote for who represents them the most and I don’t want more of the same but who really knows what will happen with the groper Justine in charge of the LPC . It’s been hilarious watching him along with his advisor G Butts self destruct .
commented 2018-08-28 08:01:04 -0400
But can Canada survive another 4 years of Trudeau. Is it even possible for Scheer to be worse than Trudeau? Isn’t the very fact of getting Justin out in-and-of-itself a step forward? Is the CPC truly worse than the Liberals?
commented 2018-08-28 07:58:50 -0400
Oh well, I guess that is the way it must be. The little troll babies that post their hate comments here will be dancing with joy for the next five years. Get use to their gloating because it will be strong and stinky!
commented 2018-08-28 07:57:05 -0400
Don’t be so sure Peter. I would rather see Smilin’ Andy defeated than have the CPC enact a far left agenda. Let the Liberals hang themselves as they did in Ontario. Conservatives should have no part in it.
commented 2018-08-28 07:55:49 -0400
A shame, really.
commented 2018-08-28 07:52:36 -0400
Well, if the comments here are an accurate measure of the Conservative base in Canada, then the votes will be split and Justin will take office for another 4 years. That is not partisan politics, it is basic math.
commented 2018-08-28 07:52:09 -0400
Robert M , that’s hilarious and oh so true and and that is going to be a reality once again in another provincial election . So much for their socialist utopia !
commented 2018-08-28 07:44:01 -0400
Robert M , one never knows what could happen as long as it changes the status quo that’s all that really matters .
commented 2018-08-28 07:41:06 -0400
I am of the short term pain for long term gain school. Small “c” conservatives must take the CPC back from Smilin’ Andy’s CINOs as soon as possible. If that means a Liberal minority government, so be it. We put up with 15 years of McGinty/Wynne in Ontario and now we have Ford. The wait was worth it.
commented 2018-08-28 07:29:06 -0400
So chill.
commented 2018-08-28 07:28:37 -0400
I’ll have to start proof reading my comments before posting .
commented 2018-08-28 07:26:40 -0400
Quite a number of the people who post here are of the view that a divided conservative vote means four more years of Junior. Christ, I can’t believe I’m doing this, but here is an article by the Nasty Post’s Andrew Coyne, of all people, who points out one shouldn’t be so quick to jump to that conclusion.
One likely result is a minority Liberal government supported by the NDP. I don’t think such an alliance would last very long as the two prancing peacocks, Junior and Sigh, would not be able to o-exist for long.
commented 2018-08-28 07:25:31 -0400
Hyacinth , sorry you are right that comment was for FW FE .
commented 2018-08-28 06:12:46 -0400
Ezra writes:

“I delivered our petition of 10,000 party members demanding that we be allowed in to the convention”

Your petition was open to anyone, not just Conservative Party of Canada members.

Therefore, are you mistaken with your claim that all 10,000 signatures were CPC members? How would you even confirm this without having the national CPC membership list?
commented 2018-08-28 05:53:59 -0400
You discuss the various benefits for the conservative movement if Maxime Bernier had chosen to stay within the party instead of leaving it.

I read in an MSM article that Bernier had discovered that Scheer was about to expel him, so he quit before Scheer had the chance.

If that’s true, Bernier’s only choice was to quit or be fired.
commented 2018-08-28 05:12:35 -0400
Just realized should have posted why last link was posted, it is reference to Space Moose’s posting.
commented 2018-08-28 04:57:04 -0400
There are many logical incongruities that are maintained on a populist level, especially when it comes to politics. Not least of these is the composition of the political spectrum in identifying ideologies and systems of governance. …Any attempts to describe the political spectrum as “circular,” rather than “linear,” are logically untenable. Any attempt to conflate fascism with the American right on the spectrum, is historically revisionist and wholly illogical. It only fits with an inane, and politically motivated model for casting aspersions, for it has no basis in historical, logical, or ideological fact.
commented 2018-08-28 04:39:32 -0400
Ron Christensen commented
“Hyacinth , yeah I never knew the definition of change meant the total destruction of our country !!!!”

You must be referring to Flatwater..Flatearth’s post. I didn’t mention “change”.

Flatwater.. Flatearth commented
“If the conservatives as well as disappointed liberals wish to see, and God I hate to use the word “change” because Rachel Notley ran her platform on nothing but the word change and Justin as well as Kathleen Wynne win used that word quite a bit so the value of it (the word “change”) may have been lost through massive disappointment.! But …….”
commented 2018-08-28 04:19:23 -0400
Is there ever a conductor on your train of thought Moose or has he abandoned train altogether? Why are you trying to make a connection between Ezra, Faith and the conservative party? Boredom or just living up to your moniker?
commented 2018-08-28 03:37:12 -0400
During one of the battle ground shows, Ezra stated that he did not believe that Faith Goldy would make a good mayor. For all I know, Ezra could be right. But at this point, at least she has the courage to be outspoken on right wing principles, which is more than I can say about the conservative party
commented 2018-08-28 02:53:39 -0400
“ Those that do not move , do not notice chains “ Rosa Luxemburg
commented 2018-08-28 02:39:20 -0400
FE FE , I agree we all have to do more to change the coarse of this destruction and from what I’ve seen it’s already building momentum and if we stay in the game I think it could and will happen . I have spoken to many people in the last few days and it seems that if you have the right message they will listen . So it’s the little things that make the difference . Hard work and determination usually pays off .
commented 2018-08-28 02:27:12 -0400
Ron… You as well as all the good conservative people across this great land do good things every day but yes yesterday was remarkable.. Bernier’s platform has to reach more people.!!