Maxime Bernier's declaration on August 23, 2018

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Why I Am Leaving the Conservative Party of Canada
Published on August 23, 2018
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Over the past few months, I have been raising policy issues which I believe are crucially important for the future of our country. This is my job as a Member of Parliament.

Moreover, it is my duty, as a Conservative Member of Parliament, to contribute to debates and to offer policy solutions from a conservative perspective. Otherwise, what is the point of being involved in politics?

I am in politics to defend ideas, real conservative ideas. Because I passionately care about Canada’s future. Because I know that the free-market conservative philosophy has the best solutions to ensure our society is more prosperous, secure, and peaceful.

However, my party’s stand on several issues have convinced me that under the current leadership, it has all but abandoned its core conservative principles.

I still cannot understand how a party that is supposed to defend free markets supports a small cartel that artificially increases the price of milk, chicken and eggs for millions of Canadian consumers.

More importantly, supply management has become one of the main stumbling blocks to an agreement with the United States on NAFTA. Former Conservative leaders Brian Mulroney and Rona Ambrose agree that it should be put on the table.

But the Conservative Party has been siding with the Liberal government. It also supports the retaliatory tariffs of the Liberal government, even though this is going to hurt our businesses and consumers. Even though Canada has no realistic chance of winning a trade war with a neighbour ten times larger. Even though we could successfully relaunch the negotiations if we put supply management on the table, and if we accept President Trump’s offer to negotiate a dismantling of all barriers, as the European Union has done.

The Liberals are playing politics with this crucially important trade file. They are endangering the 20% of our economy that depends on trade with the U.S., and Canada’s future prosperity.

But instead of leading as a principled Conservative and defending the interests of Canada and Canadians, Andrew Scheer is following the Trudeau Liberals. I was told that internal polls are showing that the Liberals’ response to Trump is popular. And that in six months, if the polls change, the party’s stand may change too.

The same thing happened in reaction to my tweets on diversity and multiculturalism. This is another crucial debate for the future of our country. Do we want to emphasize our ethnic and religious differences, and exploit them to buy votes, as the Liberals are doing? Or emphasize what unites us and the values that can guarantee social cohesion?

Just like in other Western societies grappling with this issue, a large number of Canadians, and certainly the vast majority of Conservatives, are worried that we are heading in the wrong direction. But it’s not politically correct to raise such questions.

Instead of leading the debate and pushing back against all the unfair accusations, Andrew Scheer chose to avoid the controversy. He and several of my colleagues disavowed me. They are so afraid of criticism by the Left and the media that they prefer to let down millions of supporters across the country who would like us to tackle this issue.

When the Liberal government recently renewed the unfair and inefficient equalization formula for another five years, I was the only one to criticize it. Not a word from my Conservative colleagues.

A Conservative party that supports free markets should also advocate the end of corporate welfare. It is not only the principled thing to do, it could also be popular if we defend it in a consistent way. Canadians are tired of paying taxes to bail out Bombardier, Ford and other businesses.

Instead of taking up this idea, Andrew Scheer announced that he would name a regional minister for all the regional development agencies in the country, as opposed to having only one minister overseeing them as is the case now. He wants a minister from Quebec to distribute subsidies to Quebec, a minister from Atlantic Canada to distribute subsidies to Atlantic Canada, and so on.

The conservative solution should be to abolish these wasteful agencies. What my party proposes is to make them more efficient at buying votes with taxpayers’ money.

How can we expect this party to adopt any conservative reform when it comes to power, if it cannot even articulate a clear stand and defend them before it is elected? I am now convinced that what we will get if Andrew Scheer becomes prime minister is just a more moderate version of the disastrous Trudeau government.

I have come to realize over the past year that this party is too intellectually and morally corrupt to be reformed.

I know for a fact that many in the caucus privately oppose supply management. But buying votes in a few key ridings is more important than defending the interests of all Canadians.

The whole strategy of the party is to play identity politics, pander to various interest groups and buy votes with promises, just like the Liberals.

The Conservative Party tries to avoid important but controversial issues of concern to Conservatives and Canadians in general. It is afraid to articulate any coherent philosophy to support its positions.

Every public declaration is tested with polls and focus groups. The result is a bunch of platitudes that don’t offend anybody, but also don’t mean anything and don’t motivate anyone.

Andrew Scheer keeps talking about his “positive Conservative vision.” But nobody knows what that vision is.

The Conservative Party has abandoned conservatives. It does not represent them anymore. And it has nothing of substance to offer Canadians looking for a political alternative.

If we want conservative principles to win the battle of ideas, we have to defend them openly, with passion and conviction.

That is what I want to do. And this is why as of today, I am no longer a member of the Conservative Party of Canada. I want to do politics differently. I will find another way to give a voice to millions of Canadians. And I will continue to fight for Freedom, Responsibility, Fairness and Respect.
 

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这人的政治生命基本结束了, 翻不出什么花来 ...
 

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这人的政治生命基本结束了, 翻不出什么花来 ...

他如果继续留在保守党内也是生不如死,搏一下比束手就擒好。
 

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保守党再次分裂,不知他的党叫什么新名?一个败将不容易拉出大量队伍,唯一得利的是自由党。
 

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If we want conservative principles to win the battle of ideas, we have to defend them openly, with passion and conviction.

嫌弃当今保守派的绥靖态度。

保守党整体走中间道路了,他准备挑起右半边?
说过很多次,美国的民主党,都比加拿大的保守党偏右。
现在右翼要独立,正常。至于能不能成功?悲观。加拿大太偏左。
 

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他在经济上强调free-market,但在国际贸易中,哪有真正的free-market,即使在国内市场,也没有完全的free-market.
 

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If we want conservative principles to win the battle of ideas, we have to defend them openly, with passion and conviction.

嫌弃当今保守派的绥靖态度。

保守党整体走中间道路了,他准备挑起右半边?
说过很多次,美国的民主党,都比加拿大的保守党偏右。
现在右翼要独立,正常。至于能不能成功?悲观。加拿大太偏左。

保守党一定要做保守党,坚持自己的理念和主张,不要做其他党的应声虫,否则安省前保守党魁就是下场。我认为希尔的旗帜还不够鲜明,主张不够明确,胸怀不够宽广,希望他能及时调整,求同存异,稳固保守党阵营。
 

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这人的政治生命基本结束了, 翻不出什么花来 ...
哥完全不同意。
等哥有空查查丫是魁北克什么地方出来的。。那里有一片魁独、极右可以集结。组党,钱根本不是事,找rebel media就可以了。
你要不要赌一下?现在加入,肯定是建党创始人华裔元老,未来没准就是10大开国元帅。。。
极右、魁独、法语传统文化、提高公民人口素质、减税排碳、MQGA。。。年轻人,广阔天地大有作为。:monster: 若让阿土抢了先可别说哥没害过你。:evil:
 

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他在经济上强调free-market,但在国际贸易中,哪有真正的free-market,即使在国内市场,也没有完全的free-market.
作为理念提的。
 

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哥完全不同意。
等哥有空查查丫是魁北克什么地方出来的。。那里有一片魁独、极右可以集结。组党,钱根本不是事,找rebel media就可以了。
你要不要赌一下?现在加入,肯定是建党创始人华裔元老,未来没准就是10大开国元帅。。。
极右、魁独、法语传统文化、提高公民人口素质、减税排碳、MQGA。。。年轻人,广阔天地大有作为。:monster: 若让阿土抢了先可别说哥没害过你。:evil:
先别急着扣帽子,我还真想仔细听听他打算怎么干。
 

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保守党一定要做保守党,坚持自己的理念和主张,不要做其他党的应声虫,否则安省前保守党魁就是下场。我认为希尔的旗帜还不够鲜明,主张不够明确,胸怀不够宽广,希望他能及时调整,求同存异,稳固保守党阵营。

你可真是天真到无邪的地步了。
 

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他如果继续留在保守党内也是生不如死,搏一下比束手就擒好。
俺昨晚看了一下澳大利亚的执政党党内政变。。。TMD精彩了,:evil: 逼宫几天内就完成了,结局相当的完美。。。过去10年6位,6年5位总理。。。今早文学城上有报道了。
 

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