The key to winning an election is to offer policy solutions that set you apart from your rivals in the minds of voters.
And this is where Erin O’Toole utterly fails.
For 18 months he’s been Trudeau’s “yes-man” on almost every major issue that matters to Canadians.
- Driving Canada’s debt to a record high? (Trudeau spent more last year than all other Prime Ministers combined)
- A Carbon Tax?
- Draconian COVID lockdowns and destruction of the Canadian economy?
- Mandatory vaccinations for Canadians?
Check. Then sort-of unchecked…
For months Erin O’Toole said an election wasn’t necessary because… ‘pandemic’.
The only reason an election is not necessary is if O’Toole believes his primary rival is doing a good job.
If O’Toole actually disagreed with anything Trudeau, one would expect he would jump at the opportunity to defeat the Liberal leader at the polls.
But he didn’t.
O’Toole’s electoral reluctance means, for all intents and purposes, he believes Justin Trudeau is the best person to lead Canada through COVID.
That’s an absurd position for O’Toole to take because he cannot legitimately claim Trudeau’s pandemic response (or anything else) sucked and while simultaneously avoiding an election and the opportunity to defeat him.
Honestly, O’Toole makes it too easy for the Liberal Party’s War Room.
“We’ve seen situation where conservative backbenchers have referred to some of this government’s decisions as tyrannical in terms of how me creating mandates for vaccination of public servants or vaccination of people on trains or airplanes,” Trudeau said on Sunday.
Trudeau’s jab referred to comments made by David Yurdiga, Conservative MP for Fort McMurray—Cold Lake, who challenged Trudeau’s mandatory vaccine mandate.
“Canadians deserve the right to liberty, whether they choose to be vaccinated or not. Mandating the vaccine as a requirement to work would be the beginning of a slippery slope,” Yurdiga said.
Unfortunately for David Yuringa and anyone who believes vaccination must be a decision made by fully-informed Canadians, CPC leader Erin O’Toole appears to side with the Liberal leader.
“O’Toole says all Canadians should get a shot…” starts one CBC headline.
While that’s hardly a ringing endorsement for mandatory vaccinations, it’s not a stiff rebuke of them, either.
According to a statement that is widely quoted in mainstream media but is noticeably absent from the Conservative Party’s website, Erin O’Toole said:
“Canadians want a reasonable and balanced approach that protects their right to make personal health decisions and the need to keep everyone safe. What they do not want is the politicization of the pandemic. Vaccines are not a political issue.”
But vaccines are a political issue and have been for the past 18 months… through the Liberal policies so heartily endorsed by the Conservative Party leader.
Whether you and I agree with David Yuringa and other back-bench MPs is irrelevant because we’re not the ones who will ultimately decide O’Toole’s fate in this election.
That decision is in the hands of the people who continue to beg provincial and federal governments for more lockdowns, more mask orders, mandatory vaccinations and harsh punishment for anyone who does not want the COVID vaccine – no matter the reason why.
On almost every issue Canadians will use to decide how they cast their votes on September 20th – if they bother to vote at all – Erin O’Toole sounds just like the man he says he wants to replace.
So why should Canadians vote for him?
“Because Trudeau sucks” is not a message that resonates with a minimum of two-thirds of Canadian voters, yet it appears to be O’Toole’s primary communications strategy for this election.