Conservatives discuss freedom, foreign policy and energy in the first official debate

Candidates running in Conservative leadership elections The first official discussion in English took place on May 11th in Edmonton.

Candidates discuss the imminent challenges facing Canada, such as the role of Canada’s energy, the war in Ukraine, and post-pandemic freedom, and devise strategies to defeat Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Party. I thought about what my conservative vision would be. Next election.

Candidate Scott Atchison, a member of Parliament for Parry Sound-Muskoka, has begun a debate focusing on the need to unify Canada and mitigate many of the divisions he says are deteriorating in Canada.

Trudeau accused him of deliberately splitting Canadians for political gain, saying that “the split rhetoric has irritated millions of Canadians and even made them feel devilish by their government.” rice field.

“The answer to today’s challenge is not to incite those frustrated flames and make the Canadians more angry. The politics of their division left you behind,” he told the Canadians. I did.

“You deserve a leader who cares more about your success than we do.”

Similarly, former Quebec Prime Minister Jean Charest said he would focus specifically on national unity between eastern and western Canada.

Other candidates, such as Roman Baber, Leslin Lewis, and Pierre Poirievre, have focused much on the need to protect and enhance Canadian freedom in the aftermath of a pandemic. Protect the freedom of the country.

At one point, Lewis criticized Poirievre for his position on abortion and questioned his ability to defend the conscience rights of those who voted for the Prolife Act. Meanwhile, others, such as Babel and Patrick Brown, have targeted Poirievre’s credibility when it comes to defending freedom during a pandemic.

When the debate is directed to foreign policy and the role of Canada, Canada should not pursue policies that could lead to direct confrontation, especially when it comes to confronting the war in Ukraine. There was a broad agreement that we should support.

Three things Canada should do in collaboration with NATO allies is to provide Ukraine with deadly weapons, more aid and open the door to more Ukrainian refugees, Mr. Charest said. Stated.

Poilievre said he hesitated to bring in a no-fly zone as it could drive Canada into a direct conflict with Russia.

“I’m not on the stage today promising to declare the war,” he said.

“I [taking] As Canadians, we are in a responsible position to provide the necessary material support to both the people and those who fight the Russians, “he said.

He added that Canada could play a more strategic role by providing Europe with Canada’s energy.

On the issue of Canada’s role as an energy producer, there was also widespread agreement that Canada should now demonstrate its position as a prominent energy supplier.

In the opening statement, Babel stated that Canada should be a “superpower of natural resources” in order to unleash Canada’s economic potential.

In response to questions about the future of Canada’s pipeline and energy, Lewis also said that Ottawa needs to rethink its approach to this problem.

“Not investing in the pipeline is very short-sighted to us and we are now seeing the impact of it,” she said.

“In Europe, 40% of all oil purchased is from Russia. We actually fund the war between Ukraine and Russia by not getting products that offset the oil of the dictatorship. It offers.”

Shane Mirror


Shane Miller is an Ontario-based political writer.