May 30, 2016

Ian Brodie: “When Conservatives make it a dispute about personalities, we lose”

Rebel Staff

At the Conservative Party convention in Vancouver, I caught up with Ian Brodie. The former Harper chief of staff is now a sociology profressor; he and I had a lively disagreement about Liberal policies, then discussed Jason Kenney's refusal to commit to running for leader.


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commented 2016-05-31 15:12:42 -0400
Who knew Canadians would opt for a talentless version of Pierre? Do we have to nominate a Victoria Secret model to win?
commented 2016-05-31 01:43:53 -0400
Too many green ‘conservatives’. How can you be a conservative and be willing to swallow a carbon tax?
commented 2016-05-30 22:42:36 -0400
An empty bromide – countering Liberal dogmatism always comes down to a personality discussion because obtuse leftist partisanism IS a personality disorder – liberal utopian dogmatism and fallacious narratives rely on a gullible paranoid personality for propagation.

They are the cuckold party and we will see as much when the bills come in and the cat comes back.
commented 2016-05-30 22:10:22 -0400
Ezra, while your jousting with Ian Brodie was entertaining, I think there is merit in your questioning Brodie as to why Trudeau couldn’t continue to win with his disastrous economic policies from a conservative perspective. In his book, “The Great Divide Why Liberals and Conservatives Will Never Ever Agree", William Gairdner notes that a “libertarian socialism”, a “tripartite state”, has evolved, in which one-third of the population work to create wealth, one-third work for government, and the final third live off the benefits distributed to them by the second, having confiscated them from the first. As a consequence, we have, as Gairdner suggests, a self-perpetuating Ponzi scheme, since the latter two sectors will always out-vote the former in elections. A rather discouraging assessment of the state of affairs.
commented 2016-05-30 17:41:25 -0400
Ian Brodie is spot on. Nice back and forth with Erza too – that was fun!
commented 2016-05-30 17:35:37 -0400
Ian Brodie comes across as a great Conservative. Really like him!