Saving the Conservative Soul: Accept Liberal Lite or Separatism?

January 20, 2007 · By

Andrew Coyne laments the Conservative Party has become Liberal Lite.

But he doesn’t state the obvious point. The Cons have moved left in order to pick up votes in Ontario and Quebec.

Considering conservatism gets its gusto from the West and especially Alberta, and it’s these conservatives that have had to become rather quiet for the Conservatives to pick up support in Ontario and Quebec, the obvious conclusion one can draw is that genuine conservatism can only subsist in a Canada without Ontario and Quebec. Put another way, Alberta should go if it wants to keep conservatism.

But here’s the caveat: are Albertans, with the highest amounts of government spending in the country, up to living life as conservatives?

Comments

13 Responses to “Saving the Conservative Soul: Accept Liberal Lite or Separatism?”

  1. BigCityLib Strikes Back on January 21st, 2007 9:50 pm [#]

    In it, Andrew laments the death of Conservatism. And naturally, Alberta seperatists have responded en masse, arguing that its time to throw in the towel on Confederation. A few blogging Tories, for example, have already packed their bags, with The Politic arguing that: Put another way, Alberta should go if it wants to keep conservatism. But here’s the caveat: are Albertans, with the highest amounts of government spending in the country, up to living life as conservatives?

  2. The Canadian Blog Exchange on October 15th, 2007 4:05 am [#]

    Saving the Conservative Soul: Accept Liberal Lite20-01-07, 5:34 pm @ The Politic

  3. Civitatensis on January 20th, 2007 3:41 pm [#]

    The writing appearst to be on the wall

  4. Joanne C. on January 20th, 2007 3:44 pm [#]

    It’s a rather depressing outlook, isn’t it?

  5. Joanne C. on January 20th, 2007 3:45 pm [#]

    Not your outlook that is. I mean the outlook for the country. I don’t see how either side can be happy.

  6. Kevin on January 20th, 2007 4:08 pm [#]

    A cynic would say it is smart politics. The Liberals and other parties have moved so far to the left they have left a big vacuum in the middle. The choices for more conservative people like myself are to vote PC or start another party and be out of power for years and years while the lefties slowly move the country and electorate even more toward socialism.

  7. Aaron Unruh on January 20th, 2007 4:12 pm [#]

    I think Coyne is being overly negative. Would the Mulroney government have scrapped the Court Challenges Program and SWC? These sorts of small changes can have a far-reaching impact. And tax cuts today mean less spending in the future, unless future Liberal governments take the heat for jacking them up again.

    There’s room for improvement, but Harper deserves more than one year in a minority government before being written off as Mulroney II.

  8. Tom Cerber on January 20th, 2007 5:06 pm [#]

    Aaron: I agree. I think Coyne’s editorial, along with several from the past few weeks, are examples of putting pressure on the Conservatives from the right. Editorial writers do it all the time.

  9. Bill on January 20th, 2007 5:28 pm [#]

    I don’t think most Albertans are as right wing as central Canadians think. I’m OK with the Consrevatives doing a few “Liberal” things if it keeps them in power to lower my taxes and not waste the money I send them. I’ve read Harper’s biography and stopped second guessing his moves long ago. All I want now is a majority Conservative government. So I will sit quietly, watch and wait knowing whatever money is spent should get more bang for the buck than under the Liberals.

    Bill in Calgary

  10. Road Hammer on January 20th, 2007 5:34 pm [#]

    I don’t think it’s so much moving to the left as it is buying into the “special status for Quebec” philosophy, completely illiberal (in the Lockean sense) as it is.

  11. Aaron Unruh on January 20th, 2007 5:52 pm [#]

    “I’ve read Harper’s biography and stopped second guessing his moves long ago.”

    It’s the smart move.

  12. anonymous on January 20th, 2007 8:02 pm [#]

    #7, #9, I agree.
    What would Mr. Coyne have PM Harper do? Chance that the Liberals get back into power?

    Hell no.

  13. Joanne C. on January 20th, 2007 9:13 pm [#]

    Yeah, good points. Harper’s got to stay in the centre to have any hope of making sure those Liberals get a proper time-out. Chucker Canuk has a great post up about this BTW. (Bye Bye Miss Rightwing NeoKon Pie). The guy is brilliant.

  14. wilson61 on January 21st, 2007 12:59 am [#]

    PMSH has done an amazing job, when you consider there are 5 opposition parties on the left, battering every word he says, every move he makes. (Lib, NDP, Bloc, Green, MSM)

    Today’s example:
    ”It was a historic day at Canadian Forces Base Gagetown on Friday as thousands of people gathered to support 1,150 soldiers leaving for Afghanistan next week”
    http://www.canadaeast.com/ce2/.....leID=93547

    Who here thinks that would have EVER happened if PMSH had not gone against the big 5 and brought back pride to our military?

  15. ThePolitic.com » Driving the Heathen from the Promised Land on January 21st, 2007 2:47 pm [#]

    [...] Tom Cerber’s post has provoked the typical round of tut-tutting from alienated central Canadians. In response, commenter Grog maintains that Albertan political autonomy will drive him from his home, his work, his family, and his lifestyle: Do you have any idea how many Albertans would leave the province in the Alberta Separation Party or other bunch of wingnuts tried to secede? (Hint – lots) [...]

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