No, Canada doesn’t need a second conservative party

There’s nothing novel about a bunch of politicos getting together at a bar to complain about their own party. Yet, for some reason, we’re supposed to think Scott Gilmore’s New Conservative movement is something different.

Last month, the Maclean’s columnist and card-carrying Tory announced he was embarking on a cross-country tour of Canada to talk to Conservatives about whether they want to reboot their party or even create a new one.

They’re all sold-out and the first event is on Monday in Halifax with the second one coming to Toronto on Tuesday.

We have a conservative party? Gilmore is a liberal in sheep’s clothing.

  • Alain

    Yes, we already have a Conservative Party at the federal level. We do however have a dire shortage of conservatives.

    • Reader

      They just have to remember what being conservative is and come up with a real “conservative” platform that they will actually stand by.

      If they don’t support those conservative principles they should quit the party and join the Liberals.

      • DavidinNorthBurnaby

        But that’s not how “progressives” operate. They’ve infiltrated churches whose religions they don’t believe in, parties whose platforms they don’t support, … all to destroy them from within.

        • dance…dancetotheradio

          Just like in Alberta.

    • What you said.

      Why create another party with more of the same closet leftism?

  • DavidinNorthBurnaby

    “Gilmore is a liberal in sheep’s clothing.”
    The CPC is choc o’ block with those. Yuck.

  • Brett_McS

    “New Conservative”. Nothing like naming your party with an oxy-moron.

    • Martin B

      Our Conservative Party used to be named the Progressive Conservative Party. PC Party – sounds like the essence of conservatism, doesn’t it.

      • dance…dancetotheradio

        That was back when Progressive didn’t mean Communist.

        • canminuteman

          Progressive has been a code word for communist since day 1.

          • dance…dancetotheradio

            Well, that explains Joe Clark.

      • Clausewitz

        There’s a big difference between a Conservative and a conservative.

    • canminuteman

      Kind of like Progressive Conservative.

  • Brett_McS

    OT. I see that Le Pen has stepped down as leader of the National Front in order to “be above partisan considerations”. Must be a French thing.

    • Alain


  • El Martyachi

    Oh man, deja vu all over again..

  • CoolTolerance

    Vote-splitting in favor of the Liberals. Why would he do that? Might it be that he is a Liberal?

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    You can’t have a Conservative party if you have driven out the conservatives and replaced them with “moderates” who are actually rebranded liberals.

  • Clausewitz

    Canada doesn’t need two conservative parties, but it would be nice if we had “a” conservative party. Same goes for Ontario and the OPC’s Liberal Lite tools under Brown.

  • simus1

    The USSR had multitudes of political parties and “peoples” movements galore. The fact they were all controlled and directed by overt or covert high ranking communist cadres was just capitalist crazy talk.