October 21, 2015

Sources say first contender for CPC leadership set to announce Friday

Brian LilleyArchive

We could have our first contender for the Conservative leadership race on Friday.

Kellie Lietch, MP for Simcoe-Grey, since 2011, Minister of Labour and Minister for the Status of Women, is set to announce Friday according to sources I’ve been speaking with.

Leitch is decidedly on the Red Tory side of the party, she has a long history in Ontario PC politics but interestingly came out during this last election as being pro-life, something many politicians, even Conservative ones are loathe to do.

In announcing her pro-life views at an all-candidates meeting during the election campaign Leitch said, “A big part of that is because I spent a significant part of my professional career taking care of disabled kids — children that have reached amazing potentials because they were born.”

Does Leitch have the profile and clout to become leader?

That is debateable but a few points.

In announcing early Leitch would gain some advantage over other leadership hopefuls by gaining media attention.

Secondly, Leitch was building favours during the campaign. She travelled to several ridings to campaign for other candidates and according to my sources some of those trips may have been her campaigning on her own dime, putting down markers, favours to call in at a later date.

Other contenders are considering or counting themselves out. Despite my strong encouragement it appears Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall is ruling himself out telling media that he doesn’t want the job. He is also facing a provincial election in the spring and quitting now to run to become federal opposition leader would leave his Saskatchewan Party in the lurch.

Jason Kenney who has held cabinet positions at Defence, Immigration, Employment and Multiculturalism is considering a run though I’m told he is not ready to jump in yet, taking time to consider if he is ready for what could be a four to eight year haul as opposition leader.

And Peter MacKay, newly retired from politics to spend time with his young and growing family is said to be seriously considering a run and is being strongly encouraged to run by the PC faction of the Conservative Party. MacKay, like Kenney, not ready to jump in yet, he will take time.

The Conservative Party has yet to set the rules for a leadership race or a timeline. Currently the party has a convention scheduled for May in Vancouver, that convention could become a leadership convention or it could be pushed back. Talks are currently happening to determine what the best process is for the party. Whatever the decision the party doesn’t have to rush, the next election is scheduled for October 21, 2019.

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commented 2015-10-24 01:57:55 -0400
Red Tories (Ed Stelmach, Alison Trudeau) ruined Alberta!!! Don’t need any “RED TORIES”, they can run for the Liberals!!!
commented 2015-10-23 01:24:46 -0400
Here is former Sun News Network Krista Erikson’s article that has since been removed.

The seminal moment of the 2015 federal election may belong to a man who had a very different notion of, “sunny ways”. In the hours before the campaign’s first televised debate, former Sun TV founder Kory Teneycke told reporters, “I think that if (Trudeau) comes on stage with his pants on, he will probably exceed expectations.”

That hyper-partisan sneer from the former TV executive turned Conservative campaign spokesman will be inexorably remembered for its fundamental miscalculation of the opponent. But Teneycke’s presence throughout the Conservatives’ decade in power is worthy of further examination.

Teneycke arrived in the Prime Minister’s Office in 2008, an inner-sanctum Conrad Black recently described as, “sclerotically rigid, media-inaccessible, authoritarian and peevish…a humourless and often paranoid regime,” led by a, “sadistic Victorian schoolmaster.” Teneycke would serve as Director of Communications.

In 2009, Teneycke was reportedly present when Fox News founder Rupert Murdoch petitioned Stephen Harper to relax media foreign ownership restrictions during a private meeting. The obstacles to exporting Murdoch’s Conservative firebrand to Canada would be Teneycke’s advantages. He set off to launch the Sun News Network later that year.

To supporters, the cable news network would bring balance to a Liberal-dominated media culture in Canada. To skeptics, it was a weapon in the Conservatives’ arsenal designed to advance the party’s strategic objective of incrementalism, shifting the Canadian electorate rightward with permanence.

Former Harper cabinet minister Lynne Yelich was one of the network’s early supporters. Before a frame of Sun News programming had even aired she warned of problems to come. “It’s a great idea but you’ve got to get rid of Kory Teneycke,” she told me in July 2010. “It will never work as long as he’s running it.”

Teneycke, like Harper, is a controlling authoritarian who hails from the Reform wing of the party. When the political stakes were high for Teneycke’s brethren, his partisanship often went into overdrive and the network’s spirit of fearless inquiry went out the window.

In the 2011 federal election, when the NDP’s “Orange Wave” threatened Harper’s prospects, the story of Jack Layton’s visit to a massage parlour fell into the lap of Sun News. The incident occurred sixteen years earlier when police encountered Layton naked on a massage table. There was no arrest, no criminal charge; therefore no criminal behavior. On these facts, the justification of a public interest in running the story was arguably thin. Management saw it differently, repeatedly descending on my office in the hours before broadcast to coach me on the editorial approach to be taken on-air: this was a major sex scandal involving the NDP leader.

Similarly, in the final stretch of the 2012 Alberta election, when the Reform Party’s provincial cousins, The Wildrose Party, lost momentum to the Progressive Conservatives, Teneycke and his subordinates instructed me to stop reporting on the homophobic gaffes of Wildrose candidates. He also demanded a segment discussing the Wildrose leader’s record on abortion be removed from my program lineup, an order that I resisted.

Teneycke then zeroed in on Justin Trudeau. To be fair, it was former Sun host Ezra Levant who first coined the name, “Shiny Pony,” in reference to Trudeau’s enviable hair. It was Teneycke and his designates who institutionalized the term at Sun News. “Shiny Pony” appeared in our “talking points” otherwise known as the daily assignment note issued to Sun News journalists. The label also figured prominently in Sun’s broadcast of Trudeau’s decisive victory over burly Conservative Senator Patrick Brazeau in a widely promoted boxing match for charity. It was just the first time Teneycke would wholly underestimate the young Liberal MP.

Staff who didn’t fall in line with talking points and Teneckye’s worldview were also in his sights. He hatched a plan to fire 40 to 50 percent of the Sun News staff, many of whom he suspected were Liberal sympathizers. The house-cleaning was to take place after the CRTC approved the network’s application for a mandatory carriage license, an event that never came to pass. Teneycke’s plans included populating the newsroom with even more Conservative staffers. “You can’t teach a producer how to be a Conservative. But you can teach a Conservative how to produce,” he told me.

Evidently, there were some Conservatives who couldn’t be taught. Former Harper speechwriter Michael Taube was a valued contributor who regularly appeared on the network. Taube’s record of criticizing some of the Harper government’s policies such as income splitting did not gain him favour with Teneycke. Producers were ordered to stop booking Taube on our program.

Even the apolitical was viewed through a partisan lens. Case in point, the network’s coverage of the RCMP’s 2012 investigation of the suicide of 15-year-old Amanda Todd. Teneycke told producers that Sun News was not going to continue to cover the story and, “help create another dead celebrity teen,” while assisting the Official Opposition with its proposed anti-bullying legislation.

I was not immune from Teneycke’s tyrannical flashes and paranoia. In June of that year, one of his sycophants was listening through the walls of my office as I shared my concerns with my husband over the phone. Teneycke’s incendiary rebuke came swiftly. “This is not the CBC,” he told me. “You will not be afforded due process or an arbitration hearing. If you don’t change your attitude and quickly, it will not end well for you. Do you understand me?” I began planning my departure shortly thereafter.

Sun News folded earlier this year less than four years after its launch. It remains a curious business that Teneycke walked straight into the job of chief spokesman for Harper’s 2015 re-election campaign. Apparently, the media racket was beneath him. “We’re better than news, we’re truthful,” he told Global News when defending the party’s attack ads in July.

If there was any doubt of the proximity of the late Sun News to the Conservative power structure, Teneycke’s homecoming surely put those doubts to rest. But his appointment was one of many missteps in an ill-fated re-election campaign. It was bad policy for the Conservative leader to surround himself with obsequious operatives who appealed to his worst instincts. “This is not just about the prime minister but obviously the Prime Minister’s Office absorbed and reflected his combative approach, ” outgoing Defence minister Jason Kenney conceded after the party’s defeat. Without a newsroom or a war room to launch hyper-zealous missives from, it may be Kory Teneycke who is caught with his pants down.
commented 2015-10-22 23:33:40 -0400
One thing for sure, we don’t want a red one.
commented 2015-10-22 21:11:57 -0400
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: Don Cherry! Look at the success of Trump! I say if Trump wins the presidency, Cherry’s a shoo-in to win here! Just think: Rock ’Em Sock ’Em Parliament! Blue could be the Environment Minister!
commented 2015-10-22 17:44:34 -0400
Don, would be terrorists are the base of Trudeau’s support. But I am hopping mad that he would endanger my children my brining in terrorists.
commented 2015-10-22 17:43:33 -0400
rightly van , why did it work this time and not in 2011?
commented 2015-10-22 17:41:23 -0400
Why does Yousa so openly declare his commitment to a totalitarian state? He wants to jail people for their opinions or exclude them from office
commented 2015-10-22 17:38:35 -0400
Andrew you are so effen stupid. Ever seen an ultrasound at 8 weeks? It is a person. If you deny that you are either a liar or blind.
commented 2015-10-22 15:58:43 -0400
You state that McLeans say’s we need 100.000.000 people in Canada. They may be right but I am not sure that HRH Trudy’s intended immigrants really come under the category of People.
commented 2015-10-22 15:40:11 -0400
Actually, if you account for voter turnout compared to total eligible voters, only 27 % of eligible voters voted for Turdeau.

So, what about Baird? I think he’d be great as PC leader – and Prime Minister.
commented 2015-10-22 15:21:23 -0400
‘60.53% of the electorate did NOT vote for Turdeau’.
commented 2015-10-22 14:49:04 -0400
Deborah Graupner- beginning to look more and more like it. I suppose we could listen to the idiots at McLeans magazine who suggested we need 100,000,000 people in Canada. Idiots who do not know that one half our country is under snow and ice all year and the other half has a six month growing season. Perhaps we could import our food from China, India or Africa if we had that many people[sarcasm] Ha!
commented 2015-10-22 14:40:17 -0400
Don Page – he is doing what Obama has done in the US, he is undermining our capitalist structure, so that Canada can be taken over by the UN, for their plans of one world government.
commented 2015-10-22 14:33:41 -0400
Prime Minister Jane Fonda just reiterated on CTV he is committed to bringing 25,000 Syrians to Canada by January 1 2016. Does he not realize the numbers of unemployed persons there are in Alberta? Does he not realize the only jobs there are in Ontario are baristas at coffee joints as Ms.Whine has chased all the good jobs away with her abhorrent energy policies and high tax rate on businesses.? Immigration needs to be cut back to as they said in the movie Men in Black, “only the best of the best of the best” to move this country ahead, filling it with uneducated people working minimum wage jobs is not the way to move our country forward. By the way I think Kevin O’Leary would make good fiscal Prime Minister or elect a Prime Minister who implements Kevin O’Leary’s ideas.
commented 2015-10-22 13:46:36 -0400
Just glancing at the numbers from Monday, it appears the CPC lost not because of a drop or lack of support, but merely voter turnout. That ABC, whether you agree with the method or not, the motivated people to show up to vote. Instead of paying millions of dollars for ads to the CTV network, which as they have proven beyond a doubt that they are a liberal mouthpiece, had spent that money on a ground team to mobilize support to the polls. I can count on my one hand how many commercials of CPC saw coming across my television screen. And knowing who they supported, their marketing department very likely would place the CPC adds between hemorrhoids and bloating medication commercials. It was the increase in voter turnout which proved successful in the end. Something to think abut come next election.
commented 2015-10-22 13:20:50 -0400
A Pro Life PM? This may not be a bad thing for Canada. Remember that HRH Trudy has promised to allow massive immigration of Muslims into Canada. If one considers the fertility rate of Canadians, compared to that of Muslims. Pro Life is an option worth thinking about.
commented 2015-10-22 12:56:15 -0400
Don Page commented
The Conservatives will need a very strong leader to replace Harper, not a waffling Peter McKay or Jason Kenney. Whoever they elect must step away from the namby-pamby party they have and be willing to make hard decisions about the forward direction of this country. Canada just elected a Jane Fonda to run our Country it cannot happen again.

I agree, but who will has the intelligence and fortitude that would be a palatable choice as the leader of the party? While McKay and Kenny have experience, they would not be able to sway [popular] vote.
commented 2015-10-22 12:47:42 -0400
Jimmy Da Silva commented 2 hours ago

I am never going to do you that favor, so get it out of your head that I am going to leave – so that you can enjoy your conservative bubble more.

Aww isn’t that sweet, he loves me!! I wuv u too Sparky, like fungus.
commented 2015-10-22 12:15:48 -0400
I think Peter would do very well in a run for it and also get elected Prime Minister in the next election, he is an excellent speaker. I also think he would put Trudeau in his place with the rest of the socialist.
commented 2015-10-22 12:07:56 -0400
The Conservatives will need a very strong leader to replace Harper, not a waffling Peter McKay or Jason Kenney. Whoever they elect must step away from the namby-pamby party they have and be willing to make hard decisions about the forward direction of this country. Canada just elected a Jane Fonda to run our Country it cannot happen again.
commented 2015-10-22 11:57:09 -0400
Jimmy please just shut your little cocksucker and let the adults speak, little bitch boy !
commented 2015-10-22 10:37:55 -0400
I have the perfect person to take over the Conservative Party and he is savvy with the media:

Kory Teneycke
commented 2015-10-22 10:36:52 -0400

I am never going to do you that favor, so get it out of your head that I am going to leave – so that you can enjoy your conservative bubble more.
commented 2015-10-22 10:33:40 -0400

Yes, because giving a woman the right to choose or allowing someone to die, because they want to due to their pain and suffering – has nothing to do with freedom.

Having control over women’s bodies and forcing people to suffer is wonderful.
commented 2015-10-22 09:57:55 -0400
Jimmy said to Andy, “Andy, Fair enough, BUT keep in mind that things you may have a problem with – liberals will most likely love, so we may celebrate what you hate.”

Truer words have never been spoken.

As a general trend:
Conservatives value life, lefties value abortion and euthanasia
Conservatives like smaller government and more freedom, Liberals like big government and tighter control over the people

I could go on and on, but the things that conservatives like are the good things, the things that the Liberals like are the anti-thesis of those good things.
commented 2015-10-22 09:38:10 -0400
Charles Reid – if the corrupt press had actually informed the public of the truth about our little fool, they would never have voted for him. I will never think of him as our PM, but as a traitor to our country, and humanity!
commented 2015-10-22 07:45:04 -0400
Sharon Lantz commented
Speaking of legalized murder

Please stick to the topic not the topic introduced by the troll Jimmy.
commented 2015-10-22 07:42:30 -0400
“I’m talking about a woman who is attractive enough to go with her savvy, that she would be a big counterweight to the ‘handsome youthful’ image that Trudeau has traded on so very successfully….So my message to the Rebel is, get behind a Diane Watt’s for party leader. "

Sorry Charles, I will not vote for a Barbie doll to try to beat the Ken doll that is in power. If physical appearances (not intellect) is what Canadian politics have been reduced to then we are in very big trouble as a nation.

“What this party needs is a completely fresh face with none of the baggage”
Agreed, suggestions?
commented 2015-10-22 07:35:39 -0400
Speaking of legalized murder (abortion), it’s all about a woman’s rights. What say does the father have?