Musings —10.26.2015 07:11 AM—
The Conservative Party’s leadership race is underway, whether official or not.
Because I am a student of politics, and because I am unselfishly devoted to my readers and the greater good, I have helpfully put together a Conservative Party leadership poll, below. It is accurate 19 times out twiddley, which is about how accurate most of the real polling agencies are, these days.
Personally, I do not see the Conservative Party dead, at all. They remain a threat, and smart Liberals won’t forget that. In 2015, the CPC dropped just 50,000 votes from their 2011 total – which represents less than one percentage point. They have representation in every region except the Atlantic, and they will likely have effective performers in the House of Commons.
The current anonymous sniping in the morning papers (social conservatives vs. progressive conservatives, West vs. East, everyone vs. Jenni Byrne, blah blah blah) isn’t something that should worry them. In fact, as one wag put it, Conservatives should be worried if the sniping wasn’t happening. You only ever learn how to win by first losing.
Thus, this here poll. Whether you are a Conservative or not, you should pretend – however briefly – that you are, and you are a delegate to their convention. Which of the folks below – listed alphabetically, and with the home province and most-recent portfolio indicated – do you think can win against the Trudeau Government™? (Mea culpa: I forgot Maxime Bernier – I see from today’s Hill Times that John Reynolds wants him. I’ve now added him. My sincere apologies to the Beauce chapter of the Hells Angels for my lack of diligence. Oh, and I also forgot Tony Clement. There’s a message, there. Those who have explicitly and clearly said no thanks – Messrs. Wall and Charest – are being taken at their word.)
Vote now, vote often! Politicos do, whenever they can get away with it!
UPDATE: Baird has issued a press release to explicitly rule out running! I guess we should consider him only a “maybe.” Or, not. Took him off.