I realized a few months ago that I cannot bear reading the blogs of people who agree with me in politics. Like Jesus in Paradise Lost they are fairly dull. Better listening and debating the Devil. So, after their loss in Parliament last night and the passing of their opportunity, I was reading some of the gnashing and regrets of conservative party supporters this morning and it is interesting to note the call for change in the CPC. Here is my take posted at Ben's as to the real problems they face in making that change.
You have two real problems besides Harper. You cannot go around saying dismantle Turdeau's work - it will lose you Ontario, Atlantic Canada, Quebec, half of BC and half of the eastern Prairies. It is Harris talk, the old Sask Tory talk and has been rejected. It is part of what is being rejected provincially in Quebec. The majority of Canada is simply not buying that mean, twisted version of "common sense" and with what is coming out of Ipperwash this week, that is going to be before the minds eye of Ontario more prominently that it has been for years. That is problem #1.Frankly, I don't think the Tories can pull it off. There are too many bad examples over the last twenty years that have erased the respect we could have collectively for reasonable Tories like Stanfield, Eric Nielson or Bernard Lord. I also really do now think that this summer's Ipperwash Inquiry is going to be fatal for the Tory prospects in Ontario as well, what with the recordings of senior OPP officers confirming Conservative political pressure led to armed intervention leading to the death of Dudley George. If that kind of "common sense" is flogged in Ontario again, we now know what it means.
And it is being rejected for another reason - Martin's trackrecord of fiscal responsibility. The only person as finance minister to move a soft socialist government into fiscal surplus. If he can recover that part of his story - the one that he very oddly never trumpets. IF he can pull of that line, which is not a certainty, the CPC become stuck with someone else with proof they can run a fiscally responsible ship as opposed to people who say they could too. You are back to "me too". That is problem #2.
The best the CPC can do is move to bolster Red Tory land - which you are advocating one large step towards. But if you drop the social conservatism, you start loosing the rural vote. They either don't show or move to wacko splinter parties with the word "heritage" in them...