The date is fast approaching for the Conservatives to choose the next leader of their party. Nick Seebruch writes:
In less than two weeks the Conservative Party of Canada (CPC) will elect a new leader, and it is likely that person will be Pierre Poilievre. A poll taken in early August found that Poilievre had the support of 44 per cent of his party to be their next leader, while his closest rival Jean Charest polled at a mere 17 per cent.
Poilievre’s style as a politician over the course of his career has been one of a conservative attack dog. His campaign to become the next leader of the CPC has been particularly toxic due to his attempts to use disgraced former U.S. president Donald Trump as an example to follow.
During the course of his leadership campaign, Poilievre has stepped up his personal attacks on not only his political opponents, but like Trump, has chosen the media as a fertile field from which he can farm the outrage of his supporters.
We know who Poilievre is and we know what he wants to do:
He has made efforts to connect his campaign with far-right extremists. Most recently, he had been photographed with Jeremy MacKenzie, the de facto leader of the Diagolon cult. MacKenzie has gone on social media calling for the execution of Canadian Armed Forces personnel. He has encouraged his followers to harass health care professionals, and is facing assault and weapons charges in Sask., and weapons charges in N.S. in an unrelated case as well.
After the photo of MacKenzie shaking hands with Poilievre began circulating on social media, he refused to denounce MacKenzie or Diagolon by name instead stating: “As I always have, I denounce racism and anyone who spreads it,” then deflecting by pointing to what he called “. . .Justin Trudeau’s many racist outbursts . . .”
Republicans knew who Donald Trump was six years ago. But instead of shutting him down -- and scared of their own voters -- they decided to raise his flag and march behind it. The results are currently being played out in the American legal system. Poilievre has chosen Trump as a role model. A lot of people are sounding alarms. One of them is Bernie Farber:
“We try not to get into critiques on politics per se, but on issues and policy of hate,” Faber said in an interview with rabble.ca. “I’m taking a bit of a different track with Mr. Poilievre. Only because of his clear associations with the hard right, that I find a really clear and present danger to the country right now. That’s why we’re having a discussion.”
Farber pointed to Poilievre’s refusal to outright reject and denounce MacKenzie as dangerous and damning.
If Poilievre is the choice of the Conservatives, the party should be roundly rejected by Canadians.
Image: The Rabble