The number of Conservative leadership candidates continues to shrink. Erin O'Toole dropped out the other day. And, if the polls are correct, Maxime Bernier continues to lead the pack. But, if he wins the contest, Alex Boutillier writes that Canadians have cause to worry, because Bernier would make radical changes to the country:
Bernier would get the federal government out of health care, transferring the full responsibility to provinces and paving the way for more private delivery.Bernier would tie Canada’s foreign aid to “morality,” and believes billions of it should be spent instead on tax cuts and healing the poor at home.Bernier would end federal “welfare” for Canadian businesses, and axe popular tax credits for things like kid’s hockey gear and teachers’ classroom supplies in favour of across-the-board tax cuts.And Bernier wants to do it all in a four-year term, should he become Conservative leader at the end of the month, and should he defeat Justin Trudeau’s Liberals in 2019.
While Stephen Harper believed in many of the same things, he also believed in incrementalism. The Bernier diet, however, will be force fed:
Bernier is proposing dramatic change quickly — and his agenda certainly can’t be accused of being hidden.“They’re conservative ideas, they’re conservative values,” Bernier said this week, discussing his libertarian-leaning platform.“You want me to be a Liberal?”
He continued, after agreeing the interviewer doesn’t want anything in particular: “No, no, but yeah, I want change. I’m a Conservative, and I’m a proud Conservative.”
A Proud Conservative. But not a Progressive Conservative. If Bernier is elected to lead the party, it will be abundantly clear that the lunatics have seized control of the asylum.
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