Update May 28th, 2017:
Well, in a nail biter finale, Andrew Scheer won the CPC leadership race last night and I couldn’t be more pleased. I think he is just what the Conservative Party needs. Some say, such as John Ibbitson of the Globe and Mail, that Scheer is Stephen Harper 2.0 with a smile. Well, since Mr. Harper won several elections and was PM for 10 years, that is not a bad comparison in my opinion.
Already, of course, the media is trying to paint him as a “socon” (short for social conservative) in a dismissive way, even though I have heard Scheer say many times that, if he won (like Stephen Harper), a government he led would not re-open a debate on controversial issues such as abortion and same sex marriage.
For example, I listened to Scheer’s interview with Peter Mansbridge of the CBC’s The National after he won last night. It was very strange because, clearly, no matter how many times MP Michelle Rempel explained the voting process to Mansbridge, after the two social conservative candidates dropped off the ballot, he kept wondering aloud which candidate their voters would go to — not seeming to realize the voting system didn’t work that way. Unlike Liberal conventions where supporters vote for another candidate when their candidate drops off the ballot, all the votes were already in for this race.
So, when Mansbridge asked Scheer if he won because the socon vote went to him, Scheer said no and he was right because that is not what happened. What happened in that more CPC members had listed Scheer in the 10th spot on their ballots than they did for Max Bernier. And, those unknown voters could have been progressive conservatives, libertarians, fiscal conservatives, social conservatives or none of the above.
End of story. The crux of the matter is that Andrew Scheer won and I wish he and the entire Conservative caucus well!
Original Post was dated May 10th, 2017:
Just letting regular readers know that I have already voted in the CPC Leadership race. I chose Andrew Scheer as my # 1 choice, Erin O’Toole as my # 2 choice and Lisa Raitt as my #3 choice. I didn’t vote for any others because I would not want any of the other candidates to win, knowing they could not possibly win against PM J. Trudeau in 2019. And, that is just a reality. For example, while I like Kellie Leitch and Max Bernier, I don’t believe that either of them would inspire enough country-wide Conservative votes in a federal election to make them PM. Just my opinion.
Endnote: I don’t know if I am going to continue to blog after the CPC Convention on May 27th, 2017. I have been blogging now for eleven years and am very tired. The other issue is that traffic for blogs is way down in favour of Facebook and Twitter. Anyway, I can always be found on Twitter @sandycrux.