01.22.2020 06:18 PM

Told ya. No one ever listens to me, etc.


  1. RKJ says:

    I have sincere doubts the leader selection process used by the CPC will provide the leader Ms. Ambrose indicates the party needs. With one ranked ballot, and one vote, all candidates remain until the very end. The one issue candidates are not cast aside but can remain “in the hunt” until the very end. Party members have a long slate from which to rank all the candidates. This process does not provide the best opportunity to intensively examine the leading candidates nor does this process provide weaker candidates an opportunity to move their support to another leading candidate.

    One of the tests of a leadership campaign is for a winning candidate to indicate their ability to form coalitions and draw support from their competitors. We all know the leader will need this support in the future.

  2. Ronald O'Dowd says:


  3. PJH says:

    So it comes down to the two P’s……Peter or Poilievre…..

    Not a tough decision for me. Poilievre as leader would be ballot box poison.

    • Ronald O'Dowd says:


      O’Toole more than likely, also gets in.

    • Gyor says:

      I thought so first but when he came out as Pro Choice and Pro Gay Marriage, that changed the dynamic, while Peter Mckay is trying to win over social conservatives.

      Hard core Liberals and other politics obsessed folks don’t like Poilievre, but regular folks don’t know him well, so he can redefine himself.

      Who the Poilievre

    • PJH says:

      Ahem, make that one P. Looks like we got ourselves a coronation folks, unless Mr. Harper is finagling to take over the reigns once again….if he does, I’m done…..All credit to M. Poilievre, however….I though his response to M.Decarie was brilliant, and I admire him for it.

  4. Christian says:

    Peter McKay is the only choice at this point. The rest are a combination of nobodies and committed SoCons. Liberals are happy tonight!

  5. the real Sean says:

    The Conservatives have achieved the impossible. They have made this contest more boring than the last one.

  6. Doug says:

    Rona’s gain, Canada’s loss. The Liberal attack machine would have branded her a social conservative and racist, as it has every Conservative leader since the Chretien days. Warren should receive residuals. Harper succeeded because he kept the Liberals on the run. The Conservatives need cunning and none of the hopefuls have it.

  7. The Doctor says:

    I’m extremely disappointed, I think she would have given JT a run for his money.

    It never ceases to amaze me how many major political parties shoot themselves in the foot when it comes to leadership and/or nomination races. The list is virtually endless — e.g., US Democrats picking nominees like Walter Mondale & Michael Dukakis, Tories picking Joe Clark, BC Liberals picking Andrew Wilkinson (whom 90%+ British Columbians can neither name nor pick out of a police lineup), federal Liberals picking Stephane Dion . . .

  8. Nice to see that Décarie is not just an expert on Belgium. What next?

  9. Poilièvre, out. Now, that’s a shocker. Wow.

    • The Doctor says:

      While he may have had a shot at winning the leadership, I think he would have had serious problems being competitive as a party leader in a federal election. He’s not a terribly attractive candidate, very little charisma and in the eyes of the average voter he brings nothing new to the table.

      Tories need to deal with today’s reality — say what you want about JT, but he’s got charisma, physical attractiveness and media (including social media) smarts. I loathe Donald Trump, but he’s good at the game of politics and, again, understands today’s media environment and knows how to dominate the news cycle. PP on the face of it is as exciting as a brick.

    • Robert White says:

      It’s a MacKay coronation. Harper must have put his foot down since Charest publically announced he would not run. We all were led to believe that Poilievre was already onboard with a team. Only conclusion is that MacKay is being backed by Harper IMHO.

      Just a hunch.

      The Cons are not starting out well.


  10. Ronald O'Dowd says:

    I’m watching to see if O’Toole gets in. Ditto for RG and/or Bergen.

    • Fred from BC says:

      At this point I’m willing to entertain the notion of several unknowns duking it out for the leadership. What have we got to lose, really? Let them run….we’ll get to know them as they do…

      • Warren says:

        You have the election to lose.

        • Fred from BC says:

          “You have the election to lose.”

          True, but I think we are destined to lose it anyway. We were offered Red Tory candidates that the right-leaning faction wouldn’t support, or right-leaning candidates that the Red Tories wouldn’t support. We need a compromise candidate, and that may take some time.

          (what I *don’t* want to do is waste a few years looking for The Messiah to rescue us, the way the Liberals did)

          I’d love to win the next election, but I’d settle for the one after that if it means getting our leadership issues settled for the long term…

    • Fred from BC says:

      I just read Marilyn Gladu’s interview with Global news. I’d never heard of her, but I’m impressed by her commitment to allowing private members bills. Too bad Andrew Scheer couldn’t have stood up and defended our parliamentary system in the same way when he was baited by reporters to promise not top allow anyone to propose any bills regarding Canada’s two Sacred Cows.

      Now if she can only commit to dismantling the Quebec dairy cartel, she’s got my vote…

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