As the Conservative Party looks for a new leader and seeks to rebuild after the 2015 election defeat, there’s plenty of talk about reaching out to new voters, changing policies and, unfortunately, excluding some groups that have up until now been part of the conservative coalition.
As an outsider, never a member of the Conservative Party but interested in the success of conservative ideals in the political sphere, I’d like to put forward some thoughts.
Every political party is a coalition of different factions coming together Different under a common umbrella to try and advance an agenda. These factions don’t agree on every issue but as the old axiom goes, my 80% friend is not my 20% enemy.
Some think that with the defeat of the Conservative Party in the 2015 federal election there must be a purge and the only way to succeed is to focus on one issue over all others.
I explain with numbers and facts, why I disagree with that. Strongly.
Deciding that after a decade of being the ruling party, and losing to a highly organized “Anybody but Harper” left-wing coalition, means you must jettison parts of your coalition would be a mistake.
A party is about more than one issue. Those who claim a big tent but still want to exclude others – particularly social conservative issues – have not thought things through.
Is the lesson of 2015 to throw aside certain parts of the conservative coalition that helped the Conservative Party win in 2006, 2008 and 2011?
I would say no and will have more to say on this in the coming days.