For taking a principled and notably conservative stance on the issue of supply management, Conservative Party leader Andrew Scheer has sidelined Conservative (and notably conservative) MP Maxime Bernier.
There is much to debate today in politics but this point is inarguable: Mr. Bernier’s stance is the conservative stance. Mr. Scheer and the Conservative Party are assuming a position more akin to a typical big-government progressive’s stance. To wit, both the socialist NDP and the only slightly less socialist Liberals both support Canada’s decades old big-government supply management regime, including its tariffs against the Americans.
The inconsistency from Conservatives and official Canada in this debate is astounding and frankly embarrassing. While trashing President Trump for imposing punitive tariffs on Canada until a more fair deal is reached, Canada — with the support of the Conservatives — is supporting precisely that: the continuation of decades of huge tariffs and trade restrictions against American dairy and poultry products. As I said, the hypocrisy is simply embarrassing; but moreover, that policy is clearly not conservative.
The only real argument today is about the extent to which conservatives in Canada, like me, will continue to support a party holding only nominally conservative views and, in fact, views that are actually progressive or left-wing, as in this case.
My position is not in question. I will withhold any support — financial, electoral, and otherwise — and encourage my friends and relative to do the same, until the Party assumes conservative policies, and the good Mr. Bernier is warmly welcomed back into what should be a distinctly conservative fold.
Contact the CPC here:
- Conservative Party of Canada
1720-130 Albert St.
- [email protected]
Support Maxime Bernier here:
- Ottawa (No postage required):
House of Commons
- Phone: 1 613 992-8053
11535 1st Avenue (Main Office)
- Phone: 1 418 227-2171
- [email protected]
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