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.
peter bolten says
Trudeau gets the voters by offering them ” eat my trusting poop-pie smiles” while O’Toole comes off as a manager that doesn’t quite listen to his advisors and ousts some prominent party stalwarts and offers no human contact sites to party members voicing real time societal concerns.
Vaccines mandates… there is now in society and workplaces and family units, a ‘shaming’ occurring. By those that had a double shot and suffered minimal to no reactions and telling others to do it… you die or get sick or worse…well life happens, shit happens people die , but others move on and forget you. Majority rule and shaming.
Not a pretty world we have here… I said back then in early January to relatives and friends that 2020 is going to be a hard year [ a prophecy it turns out for many now, for many reasons] and still not ended.
I wonder if O’ Tooles aversion to an election is the realization that he doesn’t have a prayer of winning. He is, sadly o like most Conservative party leaders, extremely lame in the limelight. It appears that his team concludes that the only way to secure a victory is to wait until Trudeau has been given enough rope to hang himself, like when the assistance programs end around the same hyperinflation sets in. It’s a shame when the only way you can win is by your opponent disqualifying himself.
Ed Wilson says
If you check the latest polls, you’ll see that the PCC and O’Toole are polling several points ahead of the current PM. As in war, the object here is to WIN. While you may not like everything O’Toole is doing or saying, if you look a little deeper, you’ll find that many Canadians that once supported Trudeau are now fleeing the Liberals. Trudeau has had six years to make Canada better and he’s failed miserably. Just listen to what Trudeau says these days and you’ll see how increasingly desperate he is. The only reason for this election was so Justin could have a shot at a majority. His little vanity project is costing Canadians $600 million, by the way.
Enough is enough. Time for a change.
Terry close says
I think Otool is a liberal plant. He really screwed it for conservatives and wish someone could fire him like he does to his MP’S
Ed Wilson says
I used to think that too, but he’s leading Trudeau in the polls now and increasing in popularity. Take heart and stay strong.
There is no political solution (too many conservative voters refuse to vote PPC), so arm up and be ready to resist the tyrants, be it Kang or Kodos.
John doe says
You can’t fix something that is broken with a defective (O) tool e…
O’Toole is useful like my slotted spoon in my kitchen drawer. I can’t find the use for it.
He doesn’t stand for fundamental freedoms and that is a big deal for me because that’s the reason I escaped from a communist country. He is missing these fundamentals: principles, ideas, spark of any kind, spine and balls. To take a photo in a cowboy hat, in the middle of the yellow canola field, does nothing for me..
Lynn Cournoyer says
This whole election fiasco is all based on covid. We can’t call an election in the midst of a pandemic, people are sick. Most of the people who are sick come from the east, thus keeping liberal voters from going to the poles. So now people are getting better and will be able to vote. So now in the west our people here are forced from their homes and electoral districts. because of forest fires, which our governments see fit to let burn. So where do these people get to vote? Just another conspiracy, I wonder?
That said, O’ Toole is done, I don’t think he has a snowballs chance in hell in pulling this election out of the bag. He needs to be recalled and fired for letting us down.
Arie Intveld says
Electioneering summarized in one quote …
“When you want to help people, you tell them the truth. When you want to help yourself, you tell them what they want to hear.” ~ Thomas Sowell
There is not one politician in all of Canada (including Bernier) who has the courage, conviction and integrity to tell the truth.
And if you were able to get your arse out the door to get tested or jabbed or for a Costco run, then on September 20th, you are able to get that same arse to a voting booth, with ID, to cast your ballot IN PERSON.
Christopher di Armani says
Well said, Arie. If we don’t stop Trudeau now, there won’t be much of a country left to save in 4 years.
Dixon Craig says
I live in Edmonton-St. Albert and the incumbent PC candidate should again win by a landslide.
Our local PPC candidate has not had any traction to date and likely will finish at the bottom of the polls.
Despite this, I plan to vote PPC because the number one issue for me is the Federal Deficit.
The Liberal/PC parties plans to further destroy our Energy sector and continue to shutdown the economy by quarentining the healthy to try and stop a respiratory virus (which everyone in public health knew was a useless strategy based on 100 years of data pre-2020!) will pile on even more debt that my children are going to either have to pay back or sell more of Canada off to BlackRock, Gates or the Chinese.
I am voting PPC because at least Maxine Bernier is talking about this issue seriously!
Christopher di Armani says
I’m extremely interested to see how PPC and Maverick do in Alberta this election. Given O’Toole’s terrible policies and even worse messaging these parties (and Derek Sloan, who is also running in Alberta) could do some serious damage to the Conservative Party there.
Phil Wilson says
I left 2 reasonable comments, indicating O’Toole is polling higher numbers than Trudeau and is gaining more and more support, but neither one show up here. Are you sure your “moderators” don’;t work for the LPC ?
Christopher di Armani says
Yes, I’m positive I don’t work for the LPC, Phil, but I do have a life and a business to run outside of this website so I am not checking for comments to moderate every minute of every hour of every day.
Lynn Cournoyer says
The only difference between O’ Toole and Trudeau is the color is the color of their ties.