I sat this afternoon glued to the CPAC feed on my laptop of the Conservative Party of Canada leadership convention. Andrew Scheer is the new leader of the Conservative Party of Canada. Mr. Scheer came second on every ballot from the first right through the twelfth, and then on the final 13th ballot he won the contest by 51-49% margin over Maxime Bernier.
There were a few surprises along the way. Erin O’Toole turned out to be the king-maker, placing third, and it was his supporters who flowed to Andrew Scheer on the final ballot. Brad Trost came in fourth and Pierre Lemieux placed sixth or seventh!! I certainly didn’t expect that strong a showing, but it was so important for religious/social conservatives to have their candidates do well, and show the rest of the party that we can’t just be ignored when the next government is formed by the CPC.
I remember sitting writing Andrew an e-mail about his campaign promises. I was asking him how he’s going to balance the budget in two years. I hope that he has a good plan that he’s ready to release shortly, or else the Liberal Party of Canada is going to have much fun filling in the details for him.
In a sense it didn’t matter too much who won because both of the front runners were moral equals when it comes to the fundamental issues of life and marriage. Andrew Scheer would object and point out that he’s pro-life, but since he won’t act on the issue it really doesn’t matter that he believes as he does because the outcome will the same as if a pro-choice candidate had been victorious like Maxime Bernier. Further to that point this nation won’t be saved by politics or any particular politician. There’s only one who can save, Jesus Christ.
Anyway, lets focus on the positive. Brad Trost – a conservative who holds that life is sacred from conception to natural death – came fourth. FOURTH!! To the establishment of the Party that is satisfied with merely maintaining the status quo, and holding power: That won’t do. We won’t be satisfied.