Bernier’s gam­bit

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Re: ‘I am no longer a con­ser­va­tive’; Ob­scu­rity will come knock­ing, John Ivi­son, Aug. 24

Maxime Bernier has ended An­drew Scheer’s hopes of lead­ing the Con­ser­va­tives to vic­tory in 2019 or any­time after. Stephen Harper will be called upon once again to re­unite the right. He will have to de­cide whether he en­ters to fight the next elec­tion or that of 2023. Howard Green­field, Mon­treal In their usual knack for self­im­mo­la­tion, it’s MP Maxime Bernier, who — with an ado­les­cent’s tantrum, tweets and all — will leave the party rather than play and lead with ma­ture cen­tred in­tel­lec­tual grav­i­tas.

It’s un­for­tu­nate that, in his exit, he chose to slam Con­ser­va­tive leader An­drew Scheer, al­though Scheer is such a slam-able guy who has not yet grown to con­front the PM’s an­noy­ing gen­der equal­ity, di­ver­sity and hu­man rights yam­mer­ing. Juan C. Jof­fre-Cal­gary Many Con­ser­va­tives are so con­cerned about stop­ping Trudeau that the main point, which many may not yet con­sciously re­al­ize, is be­ing lost.

Since mas­sive third­world im­mi­gra­tion was foisted on us some 50 years ago, all four po­lit­i­cal par­ties have been in po­lit­i­cally cor­rect lock-step re­gard­ing mul­ti­cul­tur­al­ism. “Hate crime” laws and “hu­man rights” com­mis­sions have been cre­ated to de­ter any re­sis­tance, so not only are we voice­less, we are also pe­nal­ized and cen­sored if we try to ex­press any op­po­si­tion.

Maxime Bernier is set­ting up a po­lit­i­cal party which will speak for us on these is­sues, and be­lieve me, the sup­port he is go­ing to re­ceive will be ab­so­lutely mas­sive. Pol­i­tics it­self is no longer the is­sue, as peo­ple are now thor­oughly sick and tired of politi­cians who will sell us out in ex­change for im­ported vot­ing blocs to keep them­selves in power. Scheer and Trudeau dif­fer only in the speed at which they will take us to our de­struc­tion, and this stupid “Lib­er­als ver­sus Con­ser­va­tives” de­flec­tion cha­rade has to end be­fore it de­stroys us.

Pre­pare to be amazed. Jeff Goodall, Oshawa, Ont. Bernier’s speech smacked of hypocrisy. A short while ago he tried des­per­ately to lead the same party he now calls “in­tel­lec­tu­ally and morally cor­rupt.” Bernier has never got over his close loss to An­drew Scheer, who he vi­ciously at­tacked. Bernier came across as sore loser and ego­tist, who picked up his ball when the party would not cave to his de­mands. This will not sit well with those he now wants to at­tract to his new party.

His big­gest fan is Justin Trudeau, who re­al­izes split­ting Con­ser­va­tive sup­port makes the road to his next elec­tion vic­tory much eas­ier. Bernier has un­doubt­edly hurt his own po­lit­i­cal fu­ture, while harm­ing the Con­ser­va­tive Party’s chance of oust­ing Trudeau, which all con­ser­va­tives should be con­cen­trat­ing on, rather than this self­ish mo­ti­vated move by Mad Max! Larry Comeau, Ot­tawa

Maxime Bernier

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