Conservatives rising to new challenge in Ottawa

Holding a government accountable is no easy task for a group of MPs accustomed to being in power, but the Tories have shown they can adapt

Conservatives rising to new challenge in OttawaA year ago, the Conservative Party had become pretty lousy at government. A year later, the Conservative Party has become really good at opposition. That’s not to say they’ve redeemed themselves for running a ridiculous election campaign entirely about a hijab worn by very few women in Canada. Nor can they be forgiven for their leadership race, a…

The power is in the hands of the citizens, not the media

It is up to you, as citizens, to banish the likes of Trump and Leitch to the rock-bottoms from which they crawled

The power is in the hands of the citizens, not the media“All media exist to invest our lives with artificial perceptions and arbitrary values,” Marshall McLuhan said. When the most revered media theorist of all time leaves a show-stopper quote like that, it’s pretty hard to discount. All media, he essentially said, are liars and bullies. No apology. Conspiracy theorists will naturally agree. But was McLuhan…

Control the values debate, win the election

Should the Canadian government screen potential immigrants for anti-Canadian values as part of its normal screening for refugees and landed immigrants?

Control the values debate, win the electionConservative leadership candidate Kellie Leitch has been talking a lot about “values.” She sent out a questionnaire to Conservative partisans about it. Here’s what it said: "Should the Canadian government screen potential immigrants for anti-Canadian values as part of its normal screening for refugees and landed immigrants?" Leitch’s question enraged the left side of the…

Identity politics Conservatives’ biggest Achilles’ heel

Kellie Leitch’s decision to enter the lion’s den of identity politics has pushed the Tories into a conversation best avoided

Identity politics Conservatives’ biggest Achilles’ heelTory leadership candidate Kellie Leitch’s proposal to screen would-be immigrants for “anti-Canadian values” has started a national conversation. For all the wrong reasons. Every right-leaning and left-leaning political party has an Achilles’ heel or two. There are proposals, plans and policies that, no matter how well intentioned, just don’t sell with the general public because…

A Grit tells Tories how to beat that Justin Trudeau guy

With the right leader – and the right team, organization, ideas and strategy – Trudeau can be beat

A Grit tells Tories how to beat that Justin Trudeau guyThey had their convention in Vancouver over the weekend, the Conservatives did. Former prime minister Stephen Harper spoke, resolutions were debated, leadership hopefuls pressed the flesh. Above it all, one question hovered, like an ominous fog: Are we doomed? To Conservatives who wonder if they can ever beat that Justin Trudeau guy, the answer is…

“New” Conservative Party cooler to social conservatives

The party realizes there are other important battles that need to be fought, and it must focus its time and energies on them

“New” Conservative Party cooler to social conservativesAt last weekend’s Conservative Party policy convention, members gathered in Vancouver to say goodbye to former prime minister Stephen Harper’s near-decade of strong leadership, and hello to a new, “with-it” political party. That was the goal, anyway. Did it succeed? During the convention, Tories tweaked several long-standing policy positions in different directions. The party now…

Canadian Conservatives need to regain their focus

From economics to government's role to the environment, the Conservatives have a lot of work to do if they are to win the next election

Canadian Conservatives need to regain their focusBy Michael Van Pelt and Ray Pennings Cardus It’s been four months since the Conservative Party was tossed from office. How many old wounds can there be left to lick, tempting as that indulgence is for partisans on the right and left? The reality is, Canadians chose to end the mandate of Stephen Harper’s government…

Tories’ NDP fixation led to election defeat

The lesson the Tories should heed: Take all of your rivals seriously, and don’t play favourites

Tories’ NDP fixation led to election defeatAfter an election campaign has ended, it is interesting to see how reporters, columnists, strategists and others interpret what has unfolded. Unique insights, however, comes from a political insider who is, for whatever reason, willing to talk. Which brings us to Jenni Byrne. The former senior Tory strategist caught some people off-guard with her version…

Four policies that will help secure the Conservatives’ future

Building a political consensus in these four policy areas may prove the salvation of the Conservative Party

Four policies that will help secure the Conservatives’ futureSo. The federal Tories recently announced they won’t select a new, permanent leader until May . . . of 2017, that is. For the few innocent souls who genuinely like long, drawn-out political campaigns, this was nirvana. For the vast majority of us, however, it’ll only serve to prolong the agony of the circus-like environment…

Canadian conservatives need to pause, regroup

Despite the hype, Canadian conservatism will recover

Canadian conservatives need to pause, regroupPolitics, by nature, is a system of ebbs and flows. Ideological positions pass in and out of vogue with the electorate. Support for certain policy positions, including the size of government, taxes, funding of social services and international affairs, swings frequently on the left-right pendulum. Political parties and leaders are called triumphant warriors in one…
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