The Ontario Liberals' track record is so bad, it's as if God Himself put Queens Park on a platter and said to the PCs: "Here, take it."
Ontario is the most indebted sub-sovereign entity in the Western hemisphere. The Liberals are so racked with corruption that RCMP investigations are now a more common sight than Leonardo DiCaprio on Oscar night. It is not even worth mentioning that Ontarians pay the highest hydro bills in all of North America.
Yet, what are Patrick Brown's PCs doing? They're talking about logos and gay marriage, giving speeches referring to Martin Luther King and dancing to Bollywood music.
And if that’s not confusing or annoying enough, they are now talking about creating a carbon tax. Why?
In theory, the PCs don't even have to run an articulate campaign. All they have to do is throw some pretty boy who looks half intelligent up on the podium, and tell him, "Whatever Kathleen Wynne says, just promise you'll do the opposite." If Kathleen Wynne says we're going to save homeless kittens, the PCs counter that we are going to find those kittens and stab them with rusty scissors.
And the PCs would still win.
But no: The biggest unveil from this week’s conference was a logo. Not a fiscal policy, nor any hard hitting criticism of the Wynne government. No pandering to unemployed Ontarians (now approaching 7.1 percent). No, the PC's priority is a logo. An awkward logo that you cannot but help notice bears the message “CON in Ontario."
According to the three minute and thirty-eight second video they concocted about it (but have now mysteriously removed from Youtube) logos are the reason the PCs haven’t been winning against the Liberals all these years.
It’s not due to a lack of enthusiasm, or the promise to cut 100,000 public sector jobs in the last election, or Tim Hudak’s mole. No, it was an uninspiring logo.
The Party also insists that the logo's red, blue and green colours do NOT represent any caving in on policy, but are instead merely the colours in the Ontario provincial flag. That green leaf in the centre has NOTHING to do with Brown’s acknowledgement of “climate change” and his new policy on a carbon tax.
But speaking of that carbon tax, their new policy would NOT be like the Liberal’s cap-and trade stance anyhow. Instead, according to Brown, their policy would include a neutral revenue tax, where “polluters pay but…. return that in a dividend to taxpayers in broad-based tax relief.” So essentially it’s a tax on big businesses -- just like the Liberal’s policy, which hinders any incentive businesses may have to invest in Ontario.
Brown's most ironic statement was, “The way we have strayed from the wisdom of our grassroots has been painful, and it ends now.” Yet, did he mention any socially conservative policies? You know, even one that might appeal to the party's base? Did Brown pay any homage to the thousands of protesters who gathered outside Queen’s Park in opposition to the Liberal’s sex ed curriculum? Not at all.
And that's what’s baffling about these "new" PCs. What segment of society are they trying to appeal to? Brown said:
“It doesn’t matter who you love. It doesn’t matter if you belong to a union. It doesn’t matter how much you make. It doesn’t matter where you worship. You have a home in the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario.”
But this is just nihilism.
Think about it: if your main prerogative in politics is the environment, and your dream is to one day take a selfie with David Suzuki; if you're a worker, and your only interest is to bring back those manufacturing jobs that promise $25/hour wage for screwing on a bolt; if you’re a new immigrant, and your prerogative is that your kids' public school serve only halal food -- would you vote for the PCs?
So why is the party trying to appeal to these groups while throwing their own base under the bus?
And every party's base matters. They're the people who knock on doors, put up signs, make phone calls, and drive voters to the polls.
Patrick Brown and the new PC party have taken their base for granted, and have said, in effect, “You don’t matter anymore.” Instead, their prerogative is nihilist rhetoric, whilst concentrating on trivial aspects of their aesthetic image.
Speaking of aesthetics, by the way:
Forget the party logo -- let’s look at the party leader. Patrick Brown is a 37-year-old unmarried man with no kids, creepy over-gelled hair, and whose voice sounds like he’s just reached puberty.
Do the PCs really think that this is the guy who can inspire middle aged men to vote for him?
What we’re witnessing now with the Ontario PCs is also occurring down south with the Republican Party: A castrated form of conservatism that is alienated from its base, whose party echelons are conceited and completely out of touch with the common people.
We all know what this recipe in the Republican party has led to, and unless the PCs get back in touch with voters who want truly conservative government, then that same sort of loud angry demagoguery will hijack the conservative movement in Ontario, and undoubtedly ruin it.