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06-07-2017, 10:41 PM
Tories making Trudeauís job easy

By Lorrie Goldstein, Toronto Sun

First posted: Wednesday, June 07, 2017 06:37 PM EDT

Dear Conservative Party of Canada:

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau already has enough advantages over you heading into the 2019 federal election.

Thereís no need to make his job easier by questioning the legitimacy of Andrew Scheerís hard-fought victory in your just-completed leadership race.

If you canít run your own leadership contest competently and come to a result that all the leadership camps accept, how can Canadians trust you to run the country?

Even if the process was flawed, thatís not Scheerís fault. It was the same for everyone in the race.

For heavenís sake, your eye-glazing leadership contest lasted over a year, with 14 contestants at its height and 13 at the end.

Are you now saying that was a mulligan and you should do the whole thing over again?

Maxime Bernier, who lost to Scheer on the thirteenth ballot by a nose, says he accepts the results and supports Scheer as leader.

So why are anonymous and disgruntled sore losers in his and other leadership camps still questioning the vote and pouring out their hurt little hearts to the media?

You lost. Deal with it.

Do you have any idea of how dumb all this makes you look to average Canadians?

As Michael Diamond, who served on Kellie Leitchís campaign, told CTV news: ďIíve never seen losers complain about the results like they are now. Andrew Scheer won fair and square. Itís unfair to him and to his team.Ē

You Conservatives were the folks who kept bragging about how your ranked-ballot voting system, while indecipherable to the average person, would be the epitome of participatory democracy, doing away with the bag men, back room deals and brokered conventions of old.

Considering all your post-election squabbling, maybe you should have stuck with the bag men.

Why is it that Conservatives are always more passionate about eviscerating each other than Liberals?

Gerald Butts must worship the ground you fight on.

Youíre certainly making his job as Trudeauís principal secretary a lot easier with your Abbot and Costello ďwhoís on first, whatís on second?Ē comedy routine about who won your own leadership race.

Have you already forgotten that infighting among Conservatives (then Progressive Conservatives) reduced your majority government to two seats in the 1993 federal election and led to Jean Chretien waltzing to three consecutive Liberal majorities in 1993, 1997 and 2000?

It was only when Stephen Harper re-united the warring Reform and Red Tory wings of the conservative movement that you reduced the Paul Martin Liberals to a minority government in 2004, followed by minority victories in 2006 and 2008 and a majority government in 2011.

The lesson ought to be blindingly obvious, even to Conservatives.

That is, you win when you are united and you lose when you are disunited.

A successful Conservative leader creates a big tent which includes fiscal conservatives, Red Tories and social conservatives, because successful coalition-building wins elections.

If, instead, you want to mimic the federal New Democrats, who regularly gather around the camp fire to recall their moral victories, as opposed to actual victories, go ahead.

Then the Liberals can go back to being Canadaís natural governing party and you can complain about it from the sidelines.

Now do you see why Harper had to crack heads and keep all of you on a tight leash?

It was because, left to your own devices, you have an alarming tendency to commit political harakiri.

http://www.torontosun.com/2017/06/07/tories-making-trudeaus-job-easy