Who won and lost in the Tories leadership debate


If you enjoyed the discussion about Conservative leadership at the Canada Strong and Free conference in Ottawa on May 5, you might be skeptical of my sanity, myself, or both. Yes, I usually prefer to have root canal treatment rather than tolerate such things. Because they usually make sure that if the people who guide us have an idea, it’s long ago and never happens again. However, this was beneficial, probably because it was not run by a regular consortium.

Five of the six official candidates have already revealed that something strange is happening to Patrick Brown, a secretly coordinated promise to the ethnic community rather than an open appeal to the public interest. I tried to register a member with. So you can scratch him from your card.

It also became clear that Scott Hisson wanted Tory’s splendor. Indeed, politics is particularly troublesome in these troubled times when self-control is considered clumsy. But it also becomes so personal because it lacks ideas, and he didn’t try to provide an entity in lieu of abuse, just rude. So he goes too.

In my view, Resulin Lewis performed a unique performance that Hison lamented. Instead of her expected charm and her substance, she was awkward and narrow. Complaints that are virtually as strange as partisan words, including accusing Pierre Poirievre of not fully supporting the truck convoy. And while plausibly claiming to be the perfect place to reach out to key demographics, she said, “If you don’t notice, I’m a black woman,” a clear takeaway line. Could not be told. She seemed too nervous to function properly, but that didn’t happen to a true leader.

It takes me to Jean Charest. As an old elitist, he expected conservatives to unite around unity and have the principle of principle. A kind of over-sophistication that usually makes these arguments such a test. But to my surprise, he knew he was facing a tough crowd. The room was full of real conservatives (for example, I couldn’t see the mask) and I was playing like an amateur.

He had to ooze the kind of self-confidence and charm that could win the Tory elections without having all the tedious specific principles and policies based on them. I thought he could do it during his sleep, and during our sleep, because he is a veteran politician and a really nice person as long as he can talk to such people. Instead, he lost his composure and rattled as Poilievre constantly bite him.

Poilievre also surprised me. In his case, by being his usual self. With a room behind him, he should have been more relaxed and more like a politician, alleviating concerns that he was a great attack dog but not a leader. Instead, he was a typical Pierre and repeatedly barked Charest about the amount Huawei paid him. That’s a legitimate question (Terry Gravin gives us a disturbing answer, Over $ 70,000 per month, Amount of money to pay for influence, not ideas). But it made Poilievre look young and trivial when he should have played the leader.

Who remained? If you can’t remember the hint of “born in the Soviet Union”, it’s Roman Barber. Who? Ontario lawmakers have been expelled from Doug Ford’s caucuses for challenging the COVID’s infringement of liberty. And everyone claims that they want political independence, but usually when someone is kicked out of the caucuses, the sad truth is to get along with intellectual, personal, or both. Is impossible. (Like my longtime companion Randy Hiller, the principle seems to be solid.)

Perhaps he had little expectation of Babel for that reason, so I thought he had won. Only he seemed to understand what he had to do, the pitfalls and possibilities that different audience prejudices created for him, and only he handled the situation like a leader. It involves making his personal experience of tyranny a very relevant part of his story in these difficult times.

Lewis draws a wonderful line that Poirievre must be the prime minister as well as the minister of finance. And he erased the obvious reaction that she had to be more than just the Minister of Human Resources Development. However, Aitchison and Baber claimed to like fellow candidates (Charest and Poilievre refused to shake hands), but with the appropriate removal, someone should have said. And when we win the election, Pierre I want you finances, Jean gets diplomacy, Scott has intergovernmental relations, Reslin human resources, and Roman defenses. I’m doing as well. “

It would have sounded confident and exaggerated. Most of them weren’t, including those who think they know when and how to forge it. Surprisingly, this discussion was more interesting and less painful than the root canal.

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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”.