He’s not the perfect conservative leader, but Stephen Harper’s not in politics to lose

Hark! Is that the call of the pissed-off conservative I hear? The lonely voice in the night that cries, “We need a new Conservative Party?

I have to thank Mr. Doughart, because when I wrote about how conservatives waste time fighting one another over nothing, I completely overlooked the most pointless of all the non-controversies. If you are a conservative and want to dominate the conversation for the next five minutes, announce that you are done with the CPC or PC Party of Wherever and that it’s time for a new party, one that is REALLY about conservative ideas.

  • David Murrell

    I imagine Mr. Leiblien will be hammered on this thread by the more I-am-more-right-wing-than-thou types. But he has a point.

    • Alain

      Yes, I agree with you even though I admit that it is a very disappointing fact.

      • David Murrell

        It is, and I certainly wish broad-based coservatisn was strong.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      I’m so glad you said toes instead of tows.
      Sun News Network was a failed gambit and it was owned by a separatist.
      I like the Rebel better, actually.
      I think Harper is best at knowing what hill he wants to die on.
      Defunding the CBC is not that hill, for instance.
      De indexing their operating budget is far more subtle.
      The gun control registry and the Canadian Wheat Board were promises that were made and kept.
      There are others.

  • Clausewitz

    In my mind, yes Harper is the leader of the CPC, but not a devout conservative. However the alternatives to his government are both revolting and mind numbingly perverse.

    • andycanuck

      And he hasn’t massively sold us out on anything unlike the GOPe in the States with their base.

      • Alain

        Damn right on that.

      • Clausewitz

        Plus my RRSP’s owe a great deal to his running of our economy. Compared to the Obama abortion of an economy we sailed through the Democrat induced recession quite well.

  • ThomasB

    Arguably, any person throughout history, under whatever circumstances, who desired to wield political power has been forced to sacrifice, ignore, or change their principles in order to achieve and maintain that power. Which raises several questions, such as, does behaving in this manner adversely affect the person doing it? If their first allegiance is to power (as opposed to say, helping others) what kind of ruler would such a person be? Are they trustworthy, consequently, since (presumably) they might be prone to say whatever was necessary to stay in power?

    • Alain

      I suggest your point applies to all politicians regardless of party. That said I find both the Liberals (actually historically confirmed) and the NDP even more guilty than the CPC to date.

    • El Martyachi

      That’s a pretty big arguably.

      • ThomasB

        Yes, fair enough.

  • Tom Forsythe

    There is a little thing called “political reality.” Harper is the most conservative PM that is possible in Canada today. If you want someone farther to the right, you will need to change Canadian culture, first.

  • Ron MacDonald

    I think we should have term limits for party leaders, this would encourage outstanding members to stick around rather to move to greener pastures in the private sector.

  • FactsWillOut

    Defeatist fatalistic claptrap.

    • David

      your wrong

      • El Martyachi

        You‘re wrong. He often is too 😛

  • dance…dancetotheradio

    He’s made what I think is a tactical mistake with the Senate.
    There are presently 22 vacancies.
    An NDP prime minister would fill those in a heart beat.
    So would a Liberal one.
    He could have found four good people who could serve instead of turning to the media or first nations for candidates.
    Senator Don Cherry would be a good choice.
    But, he’s too old.

    • Shebel

      If it looks Like Harper is about to lose the election—– then he may a well fill every one of those 22 seats with Canadian Patriots.

      That would surely peeve all the Lib and NDP Socialists.

      • dance…dancetotheradio

        Yeah, but, would Harper do that to his successor in the party?
        It would have to be apparent that the NDP-Liberal coalition was solid enough to last four years.
        If the Conservatives don’t get a majority there will be a Coalition.
        It will have be legit, too.
        Not like last time.

        • Shebel

          Should a Conservative —stock the Senate or should they do the Honourable thing and allow the NDP or Libs the pleasure?

          If Harper wins -he will get rid of the damned Senate– but, unfortunately he is Not competing with Honourable men.

      • David

        It aint over till the fat lady sings. The ndp had a 20 point lead in the BC election and were smoked by the liberals, our version of Conservative.

        • Shebel

          I said “IF” .— but-“IF” Harper is going to lose —then why not fill up all those senate Seats?