Andrew Scheer comes off as a used car salesman, but Bernier is a con-man
On a sunny afternoon in September, some of my friends and I were gathered around my laptop.
The topics of the videos varied a bit, but they all
It definitely started out with the typical “Ben Shapiro DESTROYS SNOWFLAKES and DISMANTLES THEIR REALITY until they have NO WILL TO LIVE” type of videos, but eventually drifted into topics that actually concerned us.
We got around to watching some clips of Dr. Jordan Peterson, who had just appeared on another fairly interesting episode of the Joe Rogan Experience. From there, the YouTube suggestions became more and more related to our country, the Great White North
I’ve never been overly interested in Canadian politics. I’m not completely sure why, considering I have lived my entire life in Canada.
It doesn’t have the same gravity, theatrics, and drama that our neighbours to the south have in their day to day politics.
Our politicians are fairly tame. Generally, they are run of the
In a way, it’s sort of like the CFL compared to the NFL.
Living in Montreal, I am represented nationally by the Alouettes. They play a 20 minute walk away from where I live. Their highlights play on TSN every night that they play. Yet, I could not name you one player for the Alouettes. Is Johnny Football still there? That was sort of cool.
The NFL though, is a different story.
Growing up in Windsor, Ontario, I was a 20-minute drive away from the home stadium of the Detroit Lions.
The NFL was always much more appealing. It felt like more was on the line.
The theatrics, the hits, the plays, and the gravity of it all seemed much more grandiose, and to be blunt, much more important.
Canadian politics affect me directly. But like the CFL, it will always seem like a sub-system of the much larger American political system. I understand if you totally disagree with everything I’ve just said, by the way
Our YouTube rabbit hole continued until we reached some highlights of question period in the House of Commons. Question period (or “question time” as it is called in the U.K.,) is my favorite form of political discourse, both here and across the pond.
There’s something innately entertaining about seeing your political party go head to head against your political opponents. It’s almost like a team sport, but instead, it’s based around real issues, with both sides talking smack about each other.
As we sat there watching a video of Andrew Scheer and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau exchange words in a verbal spat, my good friend next to me said something about Scheer that I have not been able to erase from my mind, and that I still think every time I watch him speak
“He sort of comes off as a used car salesman.”
That’s all I needed to hear, and my friend was sadly spot-on.
Part of the reason may be that Scheer doesn’t really speak with much conviction about, well, anything.
He isn’t the conservative superman that many, included
He’s sort of in the middle on a lot of
It really is no wonder why someone like Maxime Bernier can come along and garner so much attention.
Bernier, the ex-conservative party member who ran against Scheer in 2017 for the Conservative leadership (and only lost by a couple points) has been hyper vocal against Scheer and the direction that he has taken the PC party.
“I have come to realize over the past year that this party is too intellectually and morally corrupt to be reformed,” said Bernier in a statement in which he announced that he was quitting the party.
But if Scheer is the used car salesman, People’s Party founder Maxime Bernier is the quintessential con-man.
Bernier is the answers man. He claims to have to solutions to our problems and speaks with real conviction, as if his ideas are his own. It’s appealing, but it’s wise to tread lightly around these types of candidates.
The con-man, short for “confidence man,” as we all know, is someone who uses “confidence tricks” to sell us on something after they have gained our confidence and trust. A hustler of sorts, selling us on fantastical, sexy ideas that appeal to our needs.
It actually reminds me of that fever dream I had where Kevin O’Leary tried to run for the Conservative Party leadership and people somehow took him seriously. He seemingly had all the answers, and played strongly on how capable he was, even going so far as to say that he was bilingual in “English and Business,” all the while not speaking a lick of French.
In what was basically a “I’m-more-conservative-than-you” power move, Bernier’s departure from the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada to start his own party shows a type of gusto that is hyper appealing to those looking for an actual small government minded political party, something that many could say the PCs have strayed from.
Voters on the right will need to consider many moving parts in this coming election. With the rise of the populist leader taking place in countries across the globe, Canada has their own. He’s slick, smart, and charming.
Deciding between a used car salesman and a con-man will be a tough decision for right of centre voters. We need to consider the future of the country, though, and must realize that a Trudeau re-election could be detrimental to Canada in potentially irreparable ways.
To stop beating around the bush, Bernier is not going to win and is only going to take away votes from Scheer, potentially damaging his odds at beating PM Trudeau in this year’s election.
It’s unfortunate, but look at it this way: Would you rather work with a used car
It’s time to pick our poison. At least with the used car salesman, you walk away with a car.
The long-standing Conservative Member of Parliament, Scott Reid, has aggressively criticized Peter MacKay on twitter after the former Harper minister announced his intention to run for the leadership.
After a day of speculation over his leadership intentions, MacKay tersely tweeted “I’m in. stay tuned.” Soon after this, Scott Reid, who represents Lanark—Frontenac—Kingston, responded by saying, “Peter, let’s say you’re the leader, and 11 days before [election] day in the next election, a former cabinet minister informs the media that he’s organizing to replace you—just in case Trudeau wins. Can you confirm that you’ll be cool with that kind of writ-period input?”
Both during and after the election, MacKay spoke out aggressively against Scheer’s leadership. One incident that was particularly poignant, was when MacKay declared that social issues hung round Scheer’s neck like a “stinking albatross.” This came only days after the Conservative’s election defeat.
Reid, however, was referring to MacKay’s decision to lay the groundwork for a leadership bid before voters had even gone to the polls.
MacKay denied this story at the time.
Conservative Party Leader Andrew Scheer blamed “Iranian Regime alone” for the downing of a Ukrainian passenger flight 752 Tuesday, only one day after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau put blame on increased tensions.
Scheer’s tweets revealed that Trudeau briefed Scheer on the situation with the downed flight. “We must always remember the Iranian Regime’s actions that led to this horrible atrocity,” the tweet reads.
Scheer then goes on to give a call to action to the Trudeau Liberals to proceed as follows:
1. Immediately implement the Conservative motion passed by Parliament in 2018 to list Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a terrorist organization.
2. Demand Iran compensate all victims of the crash, repatriate their remains, and hold the perpetrators of this atrocity accountable.
3. Be prepared to impose Magnitsky Sanctions on Iran if they don’t fully cooperate with the international investigation.”
Scheer calls the demands an “appropriate response” that would move to help the families of victims. “The Iranian Regime can not get a free pass after killing 57 Canadians.”
Iran has begun investigating the incident, as two Canadian Transportation Safety Board investigators make way to the region, with two more on the way. The crew will be sent to analyze black box data.
Several Conservative Party figures have reacted online to the news that Canadian Flight 752 was downed by an Iranian missile.
Conservative MP, Canadian Armed Forces veteran, and potential party leadership hopeful Erin O’Toole commented on the situation on Twitter.
The comments posted only hours after Prime Minister Trudeau addressed media confirming that intelligence from allies showed the flight was taken down by an Iranian missile.
O’Toole stated that Iran shooting down a civilian aircraft “is nothing short of madness,” directly condemning Iran and their regime.
“Whether it was intentional or not, it was an incomprehensibly reckless act that has forever scarred Canadian families and communities,” O’Toole said on Twitter. “Canada must work with our allies to apply pressure on the Iranian regime to submit to a complete investigation so that Canadian families can find justice and closure.”
Other responses from the Conservatives included reaction from Calgary Nose Hill MP Michelle Rempel Garner, who brought up questions about the crash site and it’s security.
“How is the crash site being secured? What is Canada doing to ensure that it won’t be compromised? What will the process be for repatriating the remains of Canadian citizens? All questions that the government need to answer.”
Others, including former Harper cabinet member and MP Pierre Poilievre and CPC leader Andrew Scheer, gave direct condolences to those who lost their lives.
Ontario Premier Doug Ford also called for an investigation to be conducted into the plane being shot down.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also gave his sincerest condolences, telling Canadians that his government “will not rest” until answers are found.
“The families of the victims, and all Canadians want answers. I want answers. That means closure, transparency, accountability, and justice. And this government will not rest until we get that,” stressed Trudeau to the media.
The majority of the 176 victims were connecting to Canada, including 63 Canadian citizens. The victims included students, families, professors and newlyweds.
Dragons’ Den star, Vincenzo Guzzo, is running to be leader of the Conservative Party of Canada.
Speaking to The Post Millennial, David Tjordman, who was a federal Conservative candidate in Montreal in the last election, stated that “[Guzzo] made it clear he was going to be running … to me, and to a few other people as well.”
“He said he was going to declare after he came back from his holiday, and the reason why is that he feels he has the background in terms of, not necessarily political experience, but definitely business, leadership, and life experience, and he believes he’s the right man to lead the party and defeat the Liberals.”
A couple weeks ago there were media reports that Guzzo was seriously considering running.
As well as this, three separate sources who are close to Guzzo, confirmed to The Post Millennial that Guzzo was intending to run.
Guzzo made his fortune as an entertainment mogul: running and operating Cinemas Guzzo, which is the largest cinema operator in Quebec and the third largest movie exhibitor in Canada.
Due to his success in the cinema industry, Guzzo was welcomed onto Dragon’s Den where he was know for his flamboyant investment strategy.
CPC candidates will have to pay $300,000 and will have to gather 3,000 signatures—effectively limiting the competition to affluent Conservative supporters or party officials with an already established support base. Last Friday the party announced would-be candidates have ten more days to register to run in the CPC leadership race.
Guzzo is the second Dragons’ Den star to run for the CPC leadership race, the first being Kevin O’Leary in the last race, where he dropped out midway through and backed Maxime Bernier.