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Goodbye Max

Well, as his nickname implies Mad Max has done it again and this time he has left the Conservative Party.

There is one thing that we can always count on in politics and it doesn’t matter if it is municipal, provincial or federal politics, and that is people’s egos.

There is always someone who is convinced that they are the next best thing in politics, if only the rest of the team would see it that way. Being full of your own importance isn’t that uncommon and it has ruined many a political career.

In the dog days of summer, when news is scarce, Bernier can attract attention. It will be a different game once the House returns and Bernier is just one more seat at the back of the room representing fewer voters than Elizabeth May.

Bernier is best remembered for his lost briefing book, but, I remember a poorly prepared minister scrambling to read his Question Period briefing book, just as the QP prep with the Prime Minister was to get under way and then stumbling over his answers when practice questions were directed his way. Not knowing your files is not the the stuff that Prime Ministers are made of and that was for one department not the whole government. I didn’t see prime ministerial material in him then and I don’t now.

Max can bask in the camera lights for now, but he will also have to deliver on a host of policy issues, raise funds, try to attract sitting MPs, find some good advisors, or change the ones he has now, and come up with enough followers to run candidates in at least Quebec, if not Canada.

I would wish Max good luck, but I will save that for Andrew Scheer and the Tory team when they take on Trudeau in 2019. Go Scheer Go!


Reader Comments (7)

I left the party long before Max.

August 23, 2018 | Unregistered Commenterold white guy

This Max is staying with Scheer.

August 23, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterMax

Max has come a long way since those very long-past instances you're dragging up to deride him.

As he stated today, the conservative party left him (and so many of us like-minded voters), not vice-versa.

Scheer is no leader at all, always with his finger in the wind to decide which way he should lean on any given issue. People can smell weakness and he reeks of it. He even is at the point now where he bans The Rebel from the PC Halifax Conference... the only media outlet who might give them fair and balanced reporting. That cucked move was truly unbelievable, and yet another sign of major timidity and weakness.

I'm all in for "Maxit" and have already donated to him today. I would be thrilled if Conservatives came to their senses and realized it would be a much smarter move to ditch Scheer as leader NOW and call back Max, but I think the vast majority of the caucus are too afraid of the dairy cartel to make a peep.

I really don't think there's much difference between Scheer and Mr. Dressup, except maybe the size of their sock drawer. Good luck with backing him, but I'm out.

"I will nevermore be responsible for him by my direct support—even though the consequence should be the election of Jefferson. If we must have an enemy at the head of the Government, let it be one whom we can oppose & for whom we are not responsible, who will not involve our party in the disgrace of his foolish and bad measures".
Alexander Hamilton, referring to the election of John Adams

August 23, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterGuffman

No one in Conservative leadership comes out of this looking good. It's going to take a long time to prepare. I bet Justin is kicking himself for promising no Fall election.

August 23, 2018 | Unregistered Commentercanadianna

It's a Shane scheer couldn't have actually cone to realize that max has a constituency in the party. I know his new party is no threat and will go nowhere but the damage is within the ranks. I won't work for Scheer. When he loses I'll work for the next one if he or she actually listens to the members.

August 24, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterJames

While it may damage the party short term, I suspect support for his new party will be comparable to the Trillium Party in Ontario or BC Conservatives, i.e. not much. The bigger challenge for the Tories is to spend less time worry about the ideological types and more time about the Red Tories and Blue Liberals who they need to find a way to win over. The rise of the Reform Party happened under very different circumstances. We didn't have the same fundraising rules as today so easier to start up a new party and a big part of Reform's success was more due to Western Alienation as opposed to desire for a party further to the right. In many ways the emergence of the Reform Party was not much different than the emergence of the Bloc Quebecois in Quebec, both were by former Tories who felt the PCs neglected their region or didn't give them what they wanted.

Also the right didn't despise Chretien like they do with Trudeau so the desire to get rid of Trudeau will be enough to ensure they swing behind the Conservatives even if philosophically they prefer a Maxime Bernier led party. You saw the same thing happen with the BC Conservatives in the 2013 election where many realized voting for them would just elect an NDP government, so they swung behind the BC Liberals.

August 24, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterMiles Lunn

I hope you're right, Miles.

August 25, 2018 | Unregistered Commentercanadianna

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