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Stop fetishizing rural Canada. Yes, I understand—working the land and living in small towns somehow imbues people with the beatific glow of “real Canadian-ness.” Nonetheless, over 70 per cent of the population now lives in a metropolitan area, and that proportion is growing. Not surprisingly, they aren’t voting Tory. In the last election the CPC was shut out of all the most densely populated ridings. If they started to focus on urban Canadians and their issues and concerns, that could change.
That would be great, but how to do that and not lose the base?
Be Canadian. This may sound like a weird one, but consider how regionally focused the CPC has become. It is no longer a national political party, but a western alienation movement. The next leader should be able to quickly and easily explain why they can improve the lives of every Canadian, from Newfoundland to Nunavut.
Understand demographics. Canada is changing. We are not only growing more urban, but we are becoming less white and less straight. The role of women in the workplace and household continues to evolve. The CPC needs to not just catch up, but get ahead of these changes. Be the party of the next generation, not just our grandparents’ generation.
Wow, this would be a game changer. Getting ahead of these changes would definitely change the narrative, and improve the party on a whole. A lot of what you get from the CPC is the LPC is messing up on its policies, but the LPC is being proactive, not reactive.
Have some shame. This country is suffering from too many politicians willing to twist their opponents’ words out of context, make promises they know they’ll never keep, throw accusations they know are untrue, and even lie outright when needed. Canadians will embrace a politician they trust, someone who is self-evidently honest, someone who can still blush.
This would be nice.
Respect Parliament. In a recent interview with Paul Wells, the new leader of the Bloc Québécois, Yves-François Blanchet, was asked about the heckling in the House of Commons. He replied that he was amazed at how poorly MPs behave, and he pointed out that the vast majority of the jack-assery is coming from the CPC benches—a fact that anyone who has sat through Question Period can attest. I want the next leader of the CPC to cut that crap out and drag the loudest mouths into his office with a simple warning: Voters deserve better. Grow up or get out.
Yeah, cutting out the jack assery would be nice as well.
Believe in climate change. The fact this even has to be said is perhaps the greatest indictment of how far the CPC has drifted away from mainstream Canada. If every platform speech doesn’t lead with how you are going to address this crisis, then stay home. Canadians are taking this seriously and if you’re not helping you’re not needed.
Very big one if they want to be competitive in Urban Canada. The CPC did just release their version of a carbon tax, but thats it. They aren't running on that, they released it because its expected that they have some sort of plan. But you don't have Erin O'Toole out there saying climate change is one of the biggest most important issues facing Canada, not in the same way the LPC or NDP or GP are. They just came up with it and point to it when asked about climate change, but they are not running on it. Doesn't help when the party membership rejects climate change being real though.
Believe in free markets. Another weird request, given that the Conservative Party was once seen as the champion of free markets. Now, it eschews market mechanisms like a carbon tax in favour of half-baked incentives, regulations and subsidies. Given that Bay Street is aligned with the Liberals and NDP on this issue, the CPC needs to shake its head and stop opposing any idea that isn’t its own. (Although, ironically, in this case the idea was originally proposed by the Conservative Party—but then the Liberals agreed, so…)
They painted themselves in a corner on this one. The carbon tax is the most free market policies on reducing carbon emissions, and its one that has its roots in the conservative circles from the get go. But after painting the carbon tax as a job killing intrusion for years, how do you just pivot and say its okay now? I mean, O'Toole did just come up with his own version, but its more complicated and convoluted and less free market than the LPC one, its completely bizarro world.
Believe in individual liberty. Again—conservatives were once the loudest advocates for a person’s right to do whatever they damn well choose as long as it doesn’t affect others. Why have they forgotten this? I want the next leader of the CPC to not care who I sleep with, what I smoke or what gender I choose.
Problem with the big tent movements, sometimes you get people in your tent that you almost don't want in it.
The only party to bring up abortion in any capacity is the CPC, backbenchers yes, but you don't see it in other parties.
They only voted to recognize gay marriage in 2016, 11 years after it became legal.
They are the only party currently making a stink about banning conversion therapy.
Individual liberty would go a long way to helping them catch up in urban canada.
Have a plan to share. Andrew Scheer ran on a very vague platform. Doug Ford didn’t have one at all. It would be great if you could tell voters what you are actually going to do in office, how much it will cost, and how you will pay for it. I can’t believe I have to ask for this, but here we are.
A lot of CPC supporters seem to think that just hating Justin Trudeau and his government is enough to bring about change.
While hate for the PM may run deep in the party, its not widespread enough outside of the party for that to work.
Its here where having a clear plan would come in very handy, other than, LPC sucks, vote for us because we are not them.
Want to be prime minister. Too many CPC politicians want to be the most CPCish politician they can be, more than they want to be prime minister. They love to revel in the cheers of their hard core base, and to point fingers at other conservatives who aren’t as conservative as them. This will only keep you in opposition. So choose what you want more. (Note to Erin O’Toole: when you accuse Peter MacKay of being “Liberal-Lite”, voters just hear “electable”.)
Yeah, they need to get out of their bubble/echo chamber. But lets be frank, its the way to win the leadership. O'Toole did try to pivot, but I don't think its working the way he intended.
So yes, there is a article saying what they should do. Telling that its from over a year ago though.