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|Posted: Wed Aug 16, 2017 9:01 am Post subject: Backroom Tories planning to 'moderate' party
|High-profile conservatives organizing to shift Conservative Party to centre
Leadership contenders were among a small group that met in Toronto in June, says one person who said he was there.
By PETER MAZEREEUW
PUBLISHED : Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017 12:00 AM
A group of influential Canadian conservatives has been working over the summer to create an organization that will try to pull the Conservative Party closer to the political centre, say several sources with knowledge of the effort.
The group includes well-known conservatives in and outside of the party, according to four sources speaking on the record and on background so as not to betray the confidence of the people involved. One political activist said he attended one of the emerging group’s meetings in June, and was joined by several former rivals to new Leader Andrew Scheer (Regina-Qu’Appelle, Sask.) for the party leadership.
The small movement sprung out of the “dinner tour” hosted this spring by Maclean’s columnist Scott Gilmore, after the organizers of the new group met at one of Mr. Gilmore’s stops, according to Mr. Gilmore and Nick Tsergas, a co-founder of the online political advocacy group A Strong Canada, which is dedicated to fighting what its founders see as a spread of “fear-based,” American-style politics to Canada.
“It’s the old Progressive Conservative diaspora coming back together and reclaiming its party,” said Mr. Tsergas, who has been working along with fellow A Strong Canada co-founder Aaron Binder on a parallel effort to influence Conservative and NDP politics in Canada.
Mr. Binder told The Hill Times he attended one of the group’s early, “exploratory” meetings in Toronto in mid-June. He said it was held in a private setting, included fewer than three-dozen individuals, and more than two candidates from the Conservative leadership race that wrapped at the end of May. He would not disclose the names of the individuals present because he said it was a confidential meeting and he hadn’t been given permission from the organizers to talk about it.
The focus of the discussion was “seeing how the more moderate elements of the party could kind of retake some measure of control, and exert themselves in a more influential and positive way, instead of being defined by, you know, just the existing leader, Andrew Scheer, and by past leaders, Stephen Harper.
“It seems like they want to kind of distance the party from those elements and really turn it into more of a Mulroney-era, solutions-oriented party, as opposed to [a] more reactionary [one],” he said.
Mr. Tsergas, who was not present at that meeting, said some of the ex-leadership contestants had brought their top financial backers along with them.
Mr. Scheer has in the past voted with social conservatives, though he was careful in his leadership campaign to try to appeal broadly to the various ideological groups within the party. He narrowly beat a libertarian candidate, Quebec MP Maxime Bernier (Beauce, Que.), as well as a more centrist candidate in Ontario MP Erin O’Toole (Durham), with social conservative Saskatchewan MP Brad Trost (Saskatoon-University) rounding out the top four.
Mr. Tsergas and Mr. Binder worked under A Strong Canada to rally support online for centrist candidates in the Conservative leadership race, eventually issuing a pair of template ballots: one ranking Michael Chong as its top candidate, the other putting Maxime Bernier first—and eventual winner Mr. Scheer second—for those primarily concerned with defeating MP and populist candidate Kellie Leitch (Simcoe-Grey, Ont.) in the race. [....]http://www.hilltimes.com/2017/08/16/progressive-wing-conservative-party-making-play-influence/116202
This is why the managers lose in politics. They are politically stoopid ... they turn their back on the people, because they know best.
The admiistrators don't realize that they are people who have no values, they serve in organizations that set their goals for them. They aren't familiar with 'social reality' as constructed outside their purview. It means, in politics, that the managers end up having contempt for the people they are supposed to serve.
We live in a time when the old duality -- the left vrs the right -- if falling apart precisel because politics has fallen into the hands of the administrators, who feel themselves superior to the masses. The managers think the big issues of the day are climate change and gender issues. To the people, these are things being imposed upon them.
It isn't just Trump. It's happening all over the West, which is reacting to too much centralism, too much 'management' ... and our fat-fingered managerial types think they can fool the public again ...
I tell you, the old PC party is resurrecting itself within the Conservative Party, with all its stinking elitism and lack of purpose, and they have no inkling that their instincts are all wrong.