Candidates should not only run to win, but also have principles


There is an old jibe about a candidate who stood only in the office. But usually, such a person claimed to have a belief, no matter how flexible. In the current Federal Conservative leadership race, at least two candidates appear to be deliberately empty ships.

I say “at least two” because the substantive position is not yet clear and there are others who may not be clear. Even Pierre Poirievre, as I wrote a few weeks ago, needs to add some policy substance to his fierce proclamation to uphold freedom.

Another new entrant, Scott H.son, is boldly campaigning against division in the harsh criticism of all who want to make politics even more troublesome. But the point of politics is to advance the conflicting positions that voters can divide. Just as it was collapsed or fake democracy, the “division” of the house always saw everyone on the same side. Indeed, in a significant sense, politics is troubled just because it has abandoned its offensive position to assassinate personality.

Then there is Mark Dalton. He is boldly campaigning in “Better Canada” with a harsh rebuke to all those who are worse, more orthogonal, or want least His kickoff video He says he wants to investigate excessive federal measures regarding COVID. But one board is not a platform. Also, in addition to “French Canadians” and indigenous ancestors, they do not have roots in the West. And while it’s great that he mentioned God, he needs to say something about taxes, defense, etc. before I properly admire or blame him.

So for now my interests are Jean Chalet and Patrick Brown. Or rather, I’m crazy about winning. And yes, you want some way to win so you can put your ideas into action. However, these two postmodern candidates seem to be looking for ways to get ideas so that they can practice victory.

They remind me of the Pompidou Center. All plumbing, duct work, wiring and structural support are turned inside out. It always bothered me about Preston Manning when his inside-out think tank, as a politician and devoted to the interests of the party, held an inside-out “networking” conference. Again, it’s important, of course, to stay in touch, explore ideas, and discuss possible collaborations with like-minded groups. But it was strange to openly make the actual focus of the meeting an excuse for mechanics.

Ditto Manning’s infamous claim is that the Reform Party, like the hockey team, does not achieve any particular thing, let alone implement a coherent philosophy, but only win, so the left, the center. , Needed the right wing. Maybe it was just “notorious” to me. But it must be pointed out that it didn’t work, as liberal voters prefer real liberals to fake ones. Again, it’s very postmodern. But it’s not effective.

So what about fashion and brown? It’s not even clear if they are the winners. Chalet secured two majority and one minority in the Quebec elections, which is partly based on slippery promises. But, certainly in difficult circumstances, his previous term as a leader of the Federal Progressive Conservative Party was a blunder without such a principle that they called on Joe Clark to euthanize it. did.

As for Patrick Brown, his time as Tory leader in Ontario was shortened by Frank Magazine-level scandal monger. Then he was narrowly elected mayor of Brampton. But in any case, political victories like happiness can only come as a result of trying something of value. There are no cheat shortcuts.

Therefore, if either man wants to claim that he sells a good idea to the public, or even a happy owner of an idea that doesn’t all require compelling skills in nature. , Make those ideas clear. But if they claim they can win to win, they aren’t there.

In fact, according to Wikipedia, local carbon tax officer Brown “recognizes himself as a’practical conservative’.” In other words, it’s neither. He is certainly on record as he cast a right-wing vote he didn’t believe in to soothe the friction of his riding. So now he will obviously cast a left-wing vote he doesn’t believe in to soothe the sophistication of the horse riding he wants to win.

As Groucho Marx doesn’t say, “These are my principles, and if you don’t like them … well, I have others.” Actual quotes, Courtesy of The online “Quote Investigator” seems to have its roots in the New Zealand tablet on October 18, 1873. This is due to an unnamed American legislator. But if you don’t like them – I change them! Still, even he, perhaps fictitious, has or claims principles.

Do you have a fashion? Is it brown? Are they the Red Tory Party from conviction? Or are they nothing more than an office? It’s not feasible because such things aren’t just worthless.

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John Robson


John Robson is a documentary filmmaker, National Post columnist, Dorchester Review contributor editor, and Executive Director of Climate Discussion Nexus. His latest documentary is “Environment: True Story”.