The rumblings against Erin O'Toole began on the day after he failed to become prime minister. But, Chantal Hebert writes, the Conservatives should keep O'Toole as their leader:
It is certainly possible to find someone liable to comfort the Conservative base in the long-held convictions O’Toole’s campaign has challenged. But before the CPC refights internal battles over issues like carbon pricing or vaccine-related measures, its members might want to consider that the first will have become a time-tested federal policy and the second will have been put to rest by the time the next election comes around.
Fiscal and economic policy — areas that once played to Tory strengths and could still in the future — will inevitably loom larger once the pandemic is resolved.
And then, if there ever was a time when the conservative movement could ill afford to be dragged into a civil war over its federal leadership, it is probably the coming year. The Conservatives are about to have other fish to fry on the provincial scene.
In the provinces, all hell could break loose:
That starts with Ontario and the upcoming spring provincial election. And then there is the fractious situation in Alberta where the fate of Jason Kenney as premier and the party’s place in government both look like they hang by a thread.
It's always been hard to hold the Conservatives together. It's worth remembering that both the Bloc and the Peoples Party splintered from the Conservative Party. Fighting among yourselves is not the way to win elections. Just ask Anime Paul.
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