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Putting Max First, Party Second

Media reports have the Liberals saying that Max Bernier’s recent comments have led to a 77% increase in their fund raising- is anyone surprised by that?

Of course, his comments will help the Liberals and not his own party-did he think of that before posting his comments? Probably not, because this is all about Max, nothing here helps the Conservative Party.

The longer this goes on the more it looks like an attempt to box Scheer in before the Halifax convention. So what is Bernier planning there?

To use the phony excuse that what he is tweeting about was in his leadership platform or on a site a few years ago is hogwash. Leadership debates allow every candidate to express their views and put forward ideas that may differ from the official party position. But once it is over and you have lost, its time to take those sites and those comments down and rally around the new leader. You wanted to be the team leader and that didn’t happen so be a team player.

I am sure every party member in every party disagrees mildly or strongly with some part of their official party platform- that is normal. But, you rally around the leader and press on because it is not about you it is about the party and being a team player. There will be plenty of opportunities and policy reviews where you can express yourself. But that does not mean undermining your party’s positions and its leader in the lead up to an election.

I like Max and I even like some of his positions, but he is getting very bad advice from those around him on how he should proceed. My question is who is giving him advice and what’s in it for them?

This is not about allowing party members to speak up and discuss various positions as some have implied. There are lots of opportunities to do so- the Halifax meeting is but one example. This is looking more and more like an attempt to undermine Scheer.

In politics you have two ways of dealing with a defeated opponent- with one you give them a senior position as in keep your friends close and your enemies closer- the other…. Well I am sure you can figure that one out for yourself.

Scheer tried the first way, how did that turn out for him?

Reader Comments (7)

CPC dodged a bullet when Bernier lost. This dilettante airhead would have destroyed the party. The media would have brought up his removal from Cabinet and other instances of appalling judgment to kill the party's electoral prospects.

Having said that, the CPC should not shy away from defining its own vision of multiculturalism. It should not be afraid to propose bold ideas, including a freeze on new applications pending a comprehensive review of Canada's immigration policies.

That's how Scheer should deal with Bernier -- i.e. ignore him, but embrace and extend the reasonable strands of his periodic outbursts.

August 18, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I agree. Nothing wrong with evaluating any program or policy as long as the process is not hijacked by groups with an anti-immigrant agenda. But it has to be a real policy discussion not one disguised as such to promote a leadership hopeful's agenda

August 18, 2018 | Unregistered Commenteratory

A freeze on new applications for 10 years, combined with a promise to eliminate the Parent/Grandparent backlog and/or a pledge to find cost-effective medical insurance options for supervisa holders would find broad support.

August 18, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I wouldn't put too much stock in media reports about Liberal fundraising.

That said, I agree, Bernier shouldn't have done this. I get the impression he's not very popular amongst his teammates... but... I also believe the CPC response was poorly thought out. Bernier's tweets resonate with a lot of people. Conservatives pride themselves on diversity of thought. Their rush to castigate him has escalated what might have been a simple 'agree to disagree' sort of thing. Will be interesting to see the convention though.

August 18, 2018 | Unregistered Commentercanadianna

I am an immigrant. A real immigrant, not the mythical one included in “progressive” speak when they declaim “We’re ALL immigrants.” I arrived in Canada, age 11, with my parents & my siblings — unheralded, with no reception committee waiting to greet us with flowers, parkas, or any other piece of Canadiana that might help us feel at home. Before being accepted as prospective Canadian residents, we had to undergo health checks in our country of origin & my parents probably had to provide some proof of being able to support our family. At that age, I did not pay attention to such details. There must have been plenty of paperwork to fill out.

Once in Canada, we learned two languages, albeit not perfectly, adapted to a different way of doing things, wishing not to stand out as being too different. After many years of hard work and after opening a small business, my parents finally decided to become Canadian citizens. Being underage, I could have become a citizen too, included in my parents’ naturalization but I decided to wait until I was able to make my own decision. During the interview with the immigration judge, I was asked a hypothetical question: Which country would I side with if a war erupted between Canada & my country of origin? My answer? That’s like asking me to choose between my mother and my father. I’m glad my answer did not disqualify me.

Why the long-winded family history? Because, as a conservative, I’m sick and tired of conservatives being portrayed as anti-immigrants. I’m sure there are other conservatives whose experience is similar to mine. We came, we adapted, we maintained our own traditions in our homes but did not demand that “the system” adapt to our own particular needs. We left whatever battles we fought back in the old country behind us, even if we looked back with receding waves of nostalgia. We used whatever opportunities were open to us to make a better life for ourselves and contributed to the Canadian fabric simply by obeying its laws, paying our taxes, and yes … we contributed bits of our own culture for other Canadians to enjoy if they so chose.

Maxime Bernier’s tweets have been interpreted as appealing to an anti-immigrant, bigoted, xenophobic conservative base — read extreme right-wing, alt-right, white supremacist base. Why is expressing concern about some new arrivals to Canada, about their seeming inability and/or unwillingness to adapt to the mores of Canadian life a censurable offence? Why is pointing out the Liberal government’s inability in facilitating newcomers’ adaptation and even encouraging their apartness an affront to the Canadian way? And why are commentators on this topic conflating legal immigrants with asylum seekers, bogus and real, as well as refugees, also bogus and real?

August 21, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterGabby in QC

So who's playing "identity politics"?
The CBC, that's who.
In its transcript of the recent heckling incident in Quebec, the woman involved asks:
“BLAIN (repeatedly): Are you tolerant of Québécois de souche [white French Quebecers]?”

The translation "white French Quebecers” (my added emphasis) reeks of identity politics.
I am not a linguist nor of French origin but the white part has been needlessly injected into the phrase "Québécois de souche". A perusal of this explanation might have been illuminating for the person who translated that phrase.

“It is a basic instinct of man to communicate. And to communicate only means that the original message will be clearly sent in its equivalent context to the target audience. The main role of translators is to send the message across without any form of distortion or emphasis.” Again my added emphasis.

I suppose the PC crowd will bristle at & be outraged by “a basic instinct of man” … Sigh ...

August 22, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterGabby in QC

Gabby, I'm happy you directed me back here so I could see your comments. Well said.

August 22, 2018 | Unregistered Commentercanadianna

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