Conservative leadership candidate may learn a lesson or two from Kenny’s fall

The Canadian Conservatives’ story this week is Alberta Premier Jason Kenney’s announcement on Wednesday that he is stepping down, sparking the United Conservatives’ upcoming leadership race.

That could mean the Conservative Party will choose a new leader at the same time as the centre-right party in Canada’s most conservative province. The jury is still out on whether this is a good thing for the Canadian right.

In this week’s Conservative leadership race roundup, we’ll analyze the lessons of Kenny’s downfall, see how campaign squabbles surfaced in the caucus on Capitol Hill, and gain insight into Pierre Poliyev’s take on Jordan Peter Sen’s interview.

Lessons from Kenny’s Downfall

Alberta is often described as the spiritual home of Canadian conservatism, and if this week’s events are any indication, the movement is suffering from mental confusion.

It’s clear from the results that conservatives are now in opposition.

That could explain the large crowds that front-runner Pierre Poilievre has drawn on the campaign trail, as voters look to vent their grievances through a barrage of questions.

It could also be a sign that the energy generated by opposition to pandemic restrictions may outlast the pandemic itself, presenting opportunities and dangers for Canada’s Conservative politicians.

In a brief speech to supporters on Monday, Kenny admitted he was surprised by the results of the leadership review, which received only 51 percent of the vote.Kenny has a reputation for playmaking, so this is a big win for his opponent

If Kenny’s opponents are largely driven by pandemic restrictions and have significant overlap with what the prime minister calls “Freedom Motorcade” protesters, it could be a sign that the faction will have a huge impact on Canadian politics.

Poilievre’s campaign aims to capture some of that energy by focusing on freedom, and has addressed questions about how likely his supporters are to actually vote for him when they do. The lesson of Kenney’s leadership assessment may be that it is possible to use this energy for political purposes.

Although many former politicians say frustrated None of the leadership candidates have publicly expressed sympathy for Kenny’s downfall.

Caucus Controversy

The leadership campaign spat spilled over to Capitol Hill this week, with a Conservative critic losing his seat in the opposition front row.

Conservative finance critic Ed Fast was asked by reporters about Pierre Poilievre’s vow to fire Bank of Canada Governor Tiff Macklem ) said it was damaging the party’s credibility.

“I am deeply disturbed by the suggestion that one of our leadership candidates is prepared to interfere with the independence of our central bank at this stage,” Fast said. “Central banks around the world are grappling with the same challenges as ours.”

Fast, who was Jean Charest’s campaign co-chairman, quickly resigned from his critics following the comments, with interim party leader Candice Bergen confirming to the media that he would be stepping down. In a clear sign that a fierce leadership race was seeping into the party’s caucus, Fast later accused some of his colleagues of trying to silence him.

Poilievre’s campaign co-chair, Alberta MP Chris Warkentin, disagreed with Fast’s description of the events.

“What a lot of people in our caucus are really against is that Ed strengthens the Liberal Party’s talking points about inflation to defend his preferred candidate,” Workendin told CBC.

Jordan Peterson Interview

hub Canadian author and YouTube personality Jordan Peterson’s lengthy interview with Pierre Poilievre was reported, again showing Poilievre’s plans to steer clear of the mainstream media during his leadership campaign.

Topics covered by Poilievre and Peterson include emergency lawPoilievre said he would “re-examine” vaccine mandates, defunding the CBC and Canada’s housing crisis.

Big news for mainstream media? Poilievre used the term “Anglo-Saxon,” which CTV reported “has been used by the far right to distinguish whites, immigrants and people of color.”

Poilievre’s media strategy prioritizes reaching voters in unconventional ways, such as a March 29 video from Tahini Mediterranean Cuisine’s YouTube channel in which Poilievre smokes a hookah and discusses bitcoin. Peterson’s YouTube page has nearly 5 million subscribers, and his videos have averaged over 500,000 views.

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