Conservatives Choose a New Leader
On Saturday May 27, Canada will have a new leader of Her Majesty’s Loyal Official Opposition and leader of the Conservative Party of Canada. There are 13 candidates in the race for the leadership and Canadians have had the opportunity to get to know them.
The Leadership Convention in Toronto is another significant turning point in the history of the Conservative Party of Canada. Our policies were successfully implemented from 2006 to 2011 by the Right Hon. Stephen Harper. He was one of the key architects of the ‘unite the right’ movement that amalgamated the former Canadian Alliance and Progressive Conservative parties resulting in the defeat of the Liberal government (1993-2005).
Conservatives know that Job #1 for our new leader is to build on our Official Opposition role as “the government inwaiting” and again form government after the next federal election.
The Right Hon. John Diefenbaker said, “If Parliament is to be preserved as a living institution His Majesty’s” (or as we know now “Her”), “Loyal Opposition must fearlessly perform its functions. When it properly discharges them the preservation of our freedom is assured....It must be vigilant against oppression and unjust invasions by the Cabinet of the rights of the people....It finds fault; it suggests amendments; it asks questions and elicits information; it arouses, educates and molds public opinion by voice and vote. It must scrutinize every action by the government and in doing so prevents the short-cuts through democratic procedure that governments like to make.”
Future Parliaments will have a massive public-debt load to manage. The challenge will be to continue to provide the programs and services Canadians value while paying the high-cost of interest payments on the national debt. As well, Canada will be trying to keep up with the international community and maintain our traditionally strong position in world affairs.
It will be difficult to grow federal programs and provide new ones to address the needs of future generations. It will be even more difficult to reduce the principle amount of money that has been borrowed and thereby reduce interest payments that will freeup tax dollars to finance future endeavours that Canadians will want the federal government to perform.
Yet, Canada’s political past has always seen the Canadian electorate turn to the Conservatives to replace a Liberal government. In the 2019 election, the Conservative Party of Canada will be ready with a new leader to offer Canadians fiscal and social policies that will lead Canada back to prosperity and a bright future.
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