February 26, 2016

Trump-style phenomenon is "absolutely going to happen up here in Canada"

Joshua LiebleinRebel Blogger

Watching conservative "strategists" south of the border slowly wake up to the fact that they let Donald Trump pull off the biggest end-zone run in recent history has been by turns sobering, hilarious and maddening.

And it's only going to get worse for them from here on out.

They can continue to tell everyone that Trump and the people who are voting for him are marginal kooks and that the Donald isn't a real conservative -- as if they're in any position to judge or comment. 

They can continue to produce articles about how his ideas are nutty and unrealistic, as if theirs are any better -- or as if they had any worth talking about.

They can continue to pretend that "controlling the message" and "incrementalism" and "a focus on economic issues" will eventually create a pool of voters who will turn out on E-day and make the rational decision to vote for Team Tax Cuts.

They can do all of that, and some people are going to believe them.

Everyone else, however, has moved on.

Trump has proven that the only thing conservatives have to fear is fear itself. All the ghost stories these "strategists" have been telling the base for years about why we can't have the conservative party of our dreams have been proven to be just that.

They've been afraid to own the crazy when their left-wing friends have called them on it. They've downplayed, demurred, and distanced.

They've been too focused on talking points and photo-ops to stand up and articulate in a fearless manner exactly what a conservative party stands for. So Donald Trump has done it for them.

Now let me repeat:

This is absolutely going to happen up here in Canada.

In fact, it'd be far easier for a Kevin O'Leary to get away with it, especially when his main challenger thinks an op-ed defending pipelines equates to a bold stance. 

I am hoping against hope that our comparatively smaller political cottage industry won't continue to pretend it can't happen even after Trump makes it happen down there, and we have to go through this whole rigmarole again.

But when a political wind blows through America, it always eventually makes its way up here, so hope on it's own isn't going to do it.

So, if there's a single person in the Ottawa establishment who has the temerity to stand up and make a heartfelt defence of what we're supposed to be fighting for as opposed to complaining about deficits without actually doing anything about them -- make your voice heard.

If Trump can make it this far taking the stands he's taken, then there's absolutely no reason why the experienced and elected politicians you're floating for leader of the CPC can't.

Every day you don't is another day where you come closer to going extinct.

To being replaced by the very people you sell your message to.

Is the fear of being piled on by your colleagues really worth giving in to?

Can you count on your friends and co-workers for so little? Do you have that little trust in people?

Do you really have so little that's worth standing up for?

Maybe. After all, the Republicans did.

And maybe I'm just standing in the way of history myself. I don't know. It remains to be seen.

But if that's the way things are going to go, and if we are going to allow ourselves to be run by reality TV show personalities, then at least let it be said that we resisted somewhat.

That we didn't just do what the Liberals always do, which is go along to get along.

Because if we do?

Then we deserve exactly the kind of government that we're going to get. 

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commented 2016-03-03 18:33:09 -0500
Trump has been a registered republican since 1988
commented 2016-02-28 19:51:05 -0500
Dennis O Leary made his money from the state’s broadcaster. And yes, our leadership races are quiet inside jobs. I do think we did follow Obama. Trudeau pulled off what Obama did. Trudeau eclipsed the CPC by 1.3 million votes, 1 million of those the young. Like Obama, he got new voters, the young to the polls. And we know the young don’t generally vote conservative.
commented 2016-02-28 01:43:36 -0500
As much as I would like to see a conservative follow the footsteps of Trump, it will not happen. 2 reasons. The first is because we do not have presidential races. No Canadian party would let their leader turn politics into the Trump show. The second, is that the aboriginals, unlike the Mexicans, actually have a right to residence and land in this country.

Can you imagine a conservative leader saying something like this? And I will build a wall, and it will be a great wall. It will surround all the reserves. They are bringing their crime, their drugs, and they are rapists. And I will have the aboriginals pay for the wall.

Won’t happen.
commented 2016-02-26 22:49:26 -0500
The ‘pendulum always swings’. I believe things will turn around again eventually, but I don’t believe we will regain all we’ve lost. I sincerely hope a real conservative shows up before the next election. I wholeheartedly agree with Elton Braun, we need someone who is charismatic and proudly right of centre.
commented 2016-02-26 19:20:32 -0500
" Real conservative politicians are extinct."

Damn close to it, ELTON BRAUN. There are a few out there – Randy Hillier and Monty McNaughton come to mind in Ontario, and there are certainly some in Saskabush and Alberta, and perhaps a few more scattered across the Land, but they are an endangered species.

So what we are left with is a bunch of gutless pinkies who listen to the directions from their advisors: silly little political science graduates who have been schooled by Professors who have gorged themselves for years on big fat government tits.

The end result? Conservatives taking advice from Liberals.
commented 2016-02-26 16:14:56 -0500
Most comments here are right on the money. Real conservative politicians are extinct. We need someone with enough confidence and charisma to stay ahead of the parade and refuse to be bought. He would need to be unafraid of staying to the right of centre, especially fiscally. I’m so sick of hearing that conservatives need to keep moving left to attract voters. Becoming the same as the libs is suicide and now we need a real Conservative party to fill the void. Without becoming informed liberals will indeed have to feel the pain of this government themselves to ever wake up but in 4 years hopefully enough will.
commented 2016-02-26 15:44:21 -0500
I really think Canada has been lost. CBC is the Liberal voice, and will try to destroy anyone who tries to take on their so called progressive stance. Actually it is regressive, but if you keep giving the Cool Aid long enough, our younger generation will believe it. The CBC should be privatized and made to compete. 39% of Canadians voted for Trudeau. Need I say more! Moving to US if Trump wins.
commented 2016-02-26 15:33:19 -0500
The CPC needs a Trump like character, someone bombastic and not afraid to hit below the belt, someone with enough guts to call a spade a spade and Trudeau a traitor, to his face..

We need a fighter, he dose not need to be an intellectual but should be sensible enough to listen to his advisers, once he is elected.

We need a Show Boater, a front man, but smart, someone to make headlines that cannot be ignored by the Marxist Press.

Come on PCs, before it is to late.
commented 2016-02-26 15:01:41 -0500
Assuming there is a Canada to save when the time comes. The trust fund fool has only been in for 100 days.
commented 2016-02-26 14:58:46 -0500
Most Canadians are far too progressive and educated for this to happen
commented 2016-02-26 14:23:34 -0500
James MacMaster,

You are so right about O’Leary. While I like a lot of what he has to say, he is way to much of a pacifist to led a country.
commented 2016-02-26 14:12:55 -0500
Kelvin, I couldn’t aggree with you more. Now is the time for the Right Wing Leaders to be loud and very aggressive! To seek that which has been unthinkable. Which is Western Independence. Not a new country but a Unified West. Then we will tell Ottawa how we are going to live and what we will and won’t do.
commented 2016-02-26 13:34:40 -0500
It’s true that Canadians try to over think when it comes to politics, and there lies the problem. Canadians are to dumbed down to really understand our own political landscape, thanks to the media parties which in fact control governments . Any politician, I don’t care what side of the political spectrum you are is shit scared of the press in Canada. If you suck up to the MSM you get elected……. Simple.
Now where Trump is so successful is that he has taken that power away from the press and HE controls the narrative and the public is rewarding him for that.
Is there a Canadian willing to take on the press in this country? I don’t think so, we (so far) have only followers not leaders.
I can see it in Alberta with the leadership of the wildrose party…….. Dull and quiet, don’t rock the boat, maybe we’ll get elected next time.
It’s simple, back when I started colts, make the right thing easy and the wrong things difficult.
Call the press out on their biases and wrongful reporting until you start striking the right nerve, be relentless, loud and at times obnoxious , that makes a story, then you are now in control ( wrong things difficult). Then you can praise the press for writing the truth ( right thing easy). It’s simple when you grasp the concept.
commented 2016-02-26 12:35:49 -0500
Conservative vs Liberal/Socialist – this is pure nonsense.

Trump, like many others are INDEPENDENTS. INDEPENDENTS solve problems and don’t get hung up on their ideologies.

So JOSHUA LIEBLEIN, saying the Trump is not Conservative is about a relevant as saying that you are not a tree. So what??

What Trump is – is an independent who is going to rebuild the Republicans and the US.

Canada doesn’t possess these types of leaders – after 50 years of oppressive socialism and a SCOC that acts as law maker, Canada’s best hope is over the cliff.
commented 2016-02-26 12:35:03 -0500
Kevin O’Leary is taking the same path and fits the same mould as Trump. He will get an unacceptable level of hard core support from the Maritimes to Quebec. That’s OK because I think he needs to start in Toronto and flush those filthy corrupted Liberals down the toilet. This will affect Wynnie and True Dumb the most and there is lots of work to do but in a relatively small political space. The CPC is just too damn nice these days and they need to fight fire with fire.

Hey Kevin, why don’t you sign up Doug Ford. Joe Oliver could pitch in and help out. Git er done buddy.
commented 2016-02-26 12:28:59 -0500
The wave of public distrust in politically connected insider candidates which Trump and Libertarian populism ( yes folks Trump is NOT a dogmatic conservative he’s a libertarian reformer) is riding in the US is a result of bi-partisan abandonment of the political system by a wised-up politically abused electorate – Trump’s outsider message is resonation with Dem and GOP voters who feel they have been screwed over by regimes from both parties and the last 3 POTUS have been a vast disappointment to those who supported them.

Canada has not politically matured to that point yet – we need the Millennials who voted for PM Selfie™ to feel the same pain and betrayal of their counterparts in the US who voted for the incompetent nation-damaging Obama.

Then they can get together with those reformers and libertarians in the CPC who Harper disappointed and elect an outsider who is a true populist reformer and form a working political coalition which will put parliament back to work for Canadians rather than special interest patrons and destructive dogmas.
commented 2016-02-26 12:13:11 -0500
political afterthought or just early polling?
and he was born in montreal.
commented 2016-02-26 12:11:40 -0500
Your right!
Just one thing,Between start to finish Harper lost some of his conservativeness and all it got him was the boot ,and it was the lefties that did it.,and their numb numbers keep growing.
commented 2016-02-26 12:09:31 -0500
Having studied Canadian History I can assure you that any type of ‘political awakening’ here in Canada will not take place. It’s not in the Canadian psyche to revolt or even get too excited about anything political. Case in point the Canadian Rebellion of 1837. I wrote a research paper on that one. What a yawn fest !

Canadians never had a war of independence like the USA. Instead, we waited for the second world war to sign the armistice as a sovereign nation. Even then we didn’t leave mother England behind, rather, we entered into a long term relationship as part of their commonwealth of nations. Check your cash in hand to see who your monarch is today.

For Canadians to act as the USA in acting now would take a fundamental shift in Canadian thinking. That’s highly unlikely to happen.

No; Canadians always talk a big game , whine and complain , but never actually make any substantive moves.

Old joke:

Two groups of people arrived at the Pearly Gates together. An American group and the other a Canadian group. St. Peter says, “Come on in !” The Americans rushed into paradise. The Canadian group struck a committee to discuss the possibility of heaven’s existence.
commented 2016-02-26 12:05:34 -0500
Huh ? You are right Alain , I really don’t get the point that the blogger is making here.
commented 2016-02-26 11:55:24 -0500
commented 2016-02-26 11:52:27 -0500
The biggest problem with O’Leary is that he is a CINO. He plays the rogue capitalist line, alright. But the moment matters turn to policies, all he’s interested in is preserving every single failure that Canada covets as a sacred cow. O’Leary should be killing those cows. He’s a CINO failure. Ignore him.
commented 2016-02-26 11:24:00 -0500
I do not know if O’leary is the man for this job but I do agree there will be a huge change coming

We will have to wait another four years though

I believe the selfie boy will become like hussein obama – one of the most hated leaders this country has ever seen.

Time will tell.