Towards a New Liberal-Conservative Party in Canada?

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Towards a new libé ;ral-conservative in Canada?

In his book The Right Path, to be published in French in the fall under the title Le droit chemin em>, Conservative strategist Tasha Kheiriddin pleads for a certain common sense revolution within the federal Conservative Party.

Left to right: Leslyn Lewis, Roman Baber, Jean Charest, Scott Aitchison, Patrick Brown and Pierre Poilievre during an English-language debate as part of the Conservative Party of Canada leadership race in Edmonton, Alberta, on May 11, 2022.

The Conservative Party of Canada is at a crossroads between populism and pragmatism, writes Tasha Kheiriddin, and the leadership race that will lead to the election a new leader in September exposes these flaws.

Between a hike in the Rockies with her daughter and a book signing in Vancouver, Tasha Kheiriddin is defending the publication of her book in the midst of the Conservative Party leadership race.

She ensures to remain objective and repeats that there is no conflict, even if she ensures the co-presidency of Jean Charest's campaign.

The book was intended to provide advice to the Conservative Party following its third straight election defeat last fall, she said. It has nothing to do with racing.

Tasha Kheiriddin has just released “The Right Path”, which will appear in French in the fall under the title “Le droit chemin”.

The book was due to be published in English and French in November 2022, but its release in Shakespeare's language has been moved up due to the leadership race, the outcome of which will have an undeniable effect on the future of this political party. .

In The Right Path, the author explores themes of freedom, elitism, populism and the creation of opportunities for all. She charts a course that she believes will bring the Conservative Party back to power.

“The word "freedom" has been tarnished by the convoy [of truckers] and now seems synonymous with "anarchy". "Freedom" is no longer a word that unites but divides. It became the illustration of "we" against “them”. The people against the elite. And this is a major problem.

— From The Right Path

For Ms. Kheiriddin, these calls for freedom ignore collective responsibilities in favor of excessive individualism. There's nothing moderate or conservative about it, she says. She believes that those who fuel this way of thinking, like Pierre Poilievre, are throwing oil on the fire rather than trying to improve the situation.

Left to right, top to bottom: Pierre Poilievre, Leslyn Lewis, Jean Charest, Roman Baber, Patrick Brown (no longer in the race) and Scott Aitchison .

The author notes that the Conservative Party is torn into two camps. On the one hand, the one she calls the convoy conservatives, more populist and who support Pierre Poilievre on the other, that of the conservative club, which represents the party establishment, that is- that is, business people and professionals who brought to power former prime ministers of Canada like Brian Mulroney and Stephen Harper as well as Mike Harris in Ontario.

Tasha Kheiriddin believes that the populist fringe exposes real problems of economic and social inequality but with solutions that are too simplistic for a complex situation, in particular by conveying a venomous anti-elite message.

“Every parent dreams of their child playing hockey becoming an elite player in the NHL or getting an achievement award in school. The objective should not be to eliminate the elite but to give everyone a chance to reach this level. When Pierre Poilievre's supporters say they hate elites, what they really mean is that they hate the unjust inequalities that hold them back.

— From The Right Path

Mrs Kheiriddin tries to reconcile the conservative populists of the convoy and the pragmatists of the conservative club so that they find a meeting point and form a coalition of common sense conservatives, a wink Mike Harris's slogan, Common Sense Revolution, when he took power in Ontario more than 25 years ago.

It's very easy for a populist to point the finger, argues the strategist in an interview. Saying that we are going to get rid of the gatekeepers is a normal reaction when the elites have lost touch with reality. But that does not solve the problem, which is the lack of social mobility.

No matter who wins the leadership race, she says, these two factions of the Conservative Party will have to find the way to work together, otherwise there could be another schism within the formation.

“Given the bitter climate in the Conservative Party leadership race, it will be very difficult for supporters of either side to live in harmony with the other side. A centrist party will alienate populists. And vice versa. There is a third possibility: the recreation of a liberal-conservative party, like the one that founded Canada.

— Taken from The Right Path

I am not promoting [a new party], defends the conservative strategist, but I emphasize that it is a possibility, because it has already happened in the past. But it's not my preferred solution.

The rifts within the conservative movement work in favor of the liberals, argues Ms. Kheiriddin, who fears that the founding of a new party will produce Liberal governments for the next decade, as was the case in the days of the Reform Party and the Canadian Alliance.

My preferred solution, she summarizes, is ;is that the Conservative Party reconciles its various elements and offers solutions that respond to the demands of populism in ways that address people's real frustration.

What if the Conservatives don't not arrive? Yes, there is a real danger that the current party could not become a vehicle that could win power.

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