Maxime Bernier officially launches bid for Tory leadership

Conservative MP Maxime Bernier will officially launch his bid for his party’s leadership today at an event in the heart of his Beauce riding, located south of Quebec City.

At least someone is excited.

At least someone is excited.











The event, complete with roast chicken dinner from St-Hubert, takes place Sunday morning in Sainte-Marie, Que.

Bernier and Ontario Conservative MP Kellie Leitch are the only two candidates for the Conservative leadership at the moment.

Update: Maxime Bernier pushes smaller government and lower taxes in Conservative leadership bid

Not a word about mass immigration or Free Trade deals that impoverish everyone but the political class…

I’m not excited. It’s the same old rhetoric.

  • Jaedo Drax

    Isn’t St Hubert the quebec knock off of swiss chalet?

    Anyway, it won’t make too much of a difference, there is too much inertia in government to make the changes that need to be made.

    • canminuteman

      Similar, but not quite. I don’t know which I prefer. We used to go to Swiss Chalet a lot (good place to take small children), but our new favourite chicken place is Nando’s. There aren’t many in Canada yet but there is one near us. It is really good and busy all the time.

      • But it’s Halal!

        • canminuteman

          Didn’t know that. Swiss Chalet might be too. I know one of the Mary Brown’s near me advertises that they are halal. The other doesn’t, but if one is I imagine they both are.

    • Canadian

      St-Hubert, 1951
      Swiss Chalet, 1954

  • Doug Kursk

    Their chicken tastes different…much prefer the Chalet!!

    I have a sneaking suspicion that both declared candidates are very much CINO…

    • Yup, it will be no different.

      Islam is a religion of peace.

      Mass immigration is double plus good.

      Etc etc etc…

  • Maggat

    He possibly could be OK, but he’s from Que, so forget about him.

    • canminuteman

      I would have had the same opinion in the past, but the fact that he is from Quebec could help the Cons form a majority government. We have to face facts, Quebec isn’t leaving and we are not likely to kick them out.

      • G

        Kicking them out is possible.

        Public displays of anti Quebec propaganda (burning Quebec flags/wiping asses with Quebec flags on Youtube, protests ect) would bring back separatist feeling quite quickly.

        A few letters to university & college newspapers basically calling Quebecers liars, bluffers and cowards who haven’t got the balls to leave would get a lot of headlines and generate a predictable separatist backlash.
        (University newspapers WOULD print them Regular newspapers would not – besides students get hysterical and protest ;D)

        Canadian’s mistake was NOT supporting Queerbec separatist momentum in 1995. We be rid of these assholes by now.

        • canminuteman

          You actually make a good point. The problem there is a lot of vibrant diversity in Quebec. I doubt there are enough Quebecois left to make a difference. And if they did separate, all that vibrant diversity would move to other parts of Canada and we’ll have to deal with it.

        • Canadian

          Easy. Get rid of us one at a time.
          Start by telling me I`m an asshole because I live across a river from Ontario, then move on to other blogs and repeat.
          It might take some time, but in the end, you`ll be rid of all of us assholes.
          It works with me!

      • dance…dancetotheradio

        I have followed Maxime Bernier for a while.
        I knew he’d eventually shake off Couillard.
        I like him.

  • G

    So once again a QUEBECER strides boldly forth to assume his rightful place at the throne. All bow before your betters.
    We already have a PM from Queerbec right now. Before Harper we had an almost unbroken string of them for 40 years.

    Maybe Atlantic Canada, the Territories, British Columbiamight like a crack at the gold. Why not ONTARIO???

    Quebec displayed it’s effective separation from the larger canadian political landscape years ago with it’s refusal to sign the constitution, its repeated election of PQ governments, 2 referendums, the MeechLake/Charlettown fiasco and the election of BQ MPs. Queerbecers exhibit no desire to partake in any social or economic process that effects the country as a whole. They care only for the interests of their own province and no other.

    I see no reason to continue to pander to this particular group of extortionists by electing PMs who’s focus is Quebec dominated.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      Justin St. Denis says Trudeau is not really a Quebecker.
      Bernier is.

    • WalterBannon

      Why not ONTARIO?

      have you seen what comes out of Ontario now?

      Even the toilet does not want that crap

      • Cat-astrophe

        Ontario has gone full frontal lobotomy. They are Quebec’s First Best Bitch.
        At least they still manage to get good apples out to Alberta.

  • Jay Currie

    Excitement is a relative thing.

    Compared to Rona? I’m excited. Kevin O’Leary? I am very excited.

    Bernier is essentially libertarian in outlook but not dogmatic (he still likes supply management). I suspect he is educable on immigration, especially Muslim immigration.

    As for being from Quebec: electorally that helps a lot. He speaks better French than Justin and is from the Beauce (apparently French for hell and gone into the toolies) rather than Montreal or Quebec City. This makes a significant difference.

    The CPC establishment don’t much like him but I suspect that is a bonus.

    Most importantly, he is not a Progressive Conservative which is the real danger threatening the CPC.

    • I am not so sure he will be a savior, maybe he will but I have resigned myself to not bothering to support the conservative party come the next election, besides I am not wanted there.

      • G

        BCF, anyone who is not a Blue Liberal is not wanted there.
        The word of the day is “Libertarian”
        (Although I pronouce it Liberal-retardian
        oh well, toh-may-toh – toh-maw-toh)

        Anyway, as you are well aware a “Libertarian” is anyone who whines like hell about their freedoms being oppressed but never whispers a word about personal responsibility. Basically a spoiled brat who’s old enough to vote. Their moral compass has a “convenience” setting. That means whomever can hire the most expensive ambulance chaser is right.

        I think I’ll pass on the next election too. I’m a social conservative and I have been told in very clear terms that the CPC holds me in deep disdain. So I guess they’ll do ok without my vote. (Really, I just don’t care).

      • WalterBannon

        my checks to the conservatives have stopped

    • WalterBannon

      There is no such thing as Progressive Conservative.

      That’s like saying you are an idiot genius.

      The two political philosophies are diametrically opposed.

      These “Progressive” Conservatives are just Progressives aka liberal fascists, just like Turdeau, or that cretin who leads the Ontario conservatives now.

      • Jay Currie

        Of course there is Walter…a Progressive Conservative is a person who believes in “A better yesterday tomorrow.” Couldn’t be simpler.

  • Cat-astrophe

    Canada’s best Prime Minsters come from Quebec. What a relief.
    Best first ladies too.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      MacDonald and Diefenbaker and Harper were the best Quebeckers ever!

      • Cat-astrophe

        You see, Just WAS right!

  • WalterBannon

    How come we can privatize Air Canada, we can privatize Petro Canada, but we can not privatize the CBC?

    The last government failed.

    This time if they want my vote they better at least plan to sell the CBC off, and also for that matter, since I am feeling very under served by my govt, they should promise to ban further immigration by muslims.

    Otherwise they can take a hike. I am already planning my exodus upon retirement from this pissant socialist banana republic. Canada can sink without me.