Yes, Crux of the Matter is back. Since I closed my blog a year ago, I have had to deal with some health issues (such as a broken vertebrae at the end of March, 2018). What motivated me to set up a new WordPress today is, of course, the recent news that MP Maxime Bernier has quit the CPC caucus.
Why did Bernier feel he had to quit?
I can’t say I was particularly surprised. But, I am disappointed nonetheless that Bernier felt quitting was his only option. I blame CPC leader Andrew Scheer for some of that because he didn’t embrace some of Bernier’s ideas, some of which were good.
For example, many ordinary, conservative Canadians know that Bernier is right about the problems with supply management in the Quebec dairy industry and the never-ending influx of illegals at the Canada/U.S. border.
And, no, it is not racism to complain about those illegal border crossers. Like most Canadians, I am entirely in favour of legal immigration. What so many are not in favour of is bogus refugee claims from people who take a taxi to get to the Canadian border.
Bernier not PM material.
There is another problem with Bernier as well. While he may be a nice guy, he does not have the gravitas to be prime minister. While one could say Scheer doesn’t either, I would disagree. At least, Scheer had that gravitas when he was fighting to win the leadership — a feistiness he needs to get back soon!!!
There is also the issue of the tradition of alternating PMs from Quebec and the rest of Canada, it is my belief that the rest of Canada will not want another PM from Quebec immediately following Trudeau junior (assuming the CPC won a majority in 2019).
The worry is, of course, that all Bernier can do by setting up a second conservative party, is split the conservative vote and ensure Liberal governments indefinitely. As the saying goes, been there and done that, far too many times.
What does Andrew Scheer need to do?
Look, I understand the frustration of many conservatives. Scheer is no longer the man I voted for leader. That man was feisty and argumentative in a good way. He was always ready to argue his position with the media and his competitors. The Scheer we see now seems petrified to offend anyone.
You know what I think? I think Scheer has staff and advisors who are “handling” him. I have seen what that kind of handling can do to a person. I worked for an Ontario MPP during the Harris era and I remember clearly what happened once Ernie Eves became Premier. From feisty to milktoast in a very brief period of time. And, that has obviously happened to Scheer.
The crux of the matter
The crux of the matter is that conservatives across Canada want a strong feisty CPC leader who is not afraid to say what the rest of us are thinking. I only hope that leader is Scheer, otherwise, we can kiss 2019 goodbye.
Update: When I shut down the first Crux of the Matter, I let my cotmblog.com expire figuring no one would want that moniker. Wrong. I just discovered that it was picked up by a patio company so I am in the process of dumping all the previous posts I was able to find. If you found your way here, you will know that my new domain is: cruxofthematter2.com.