Monday, July 25, 2016
The Con Leadership Race Gets Even More Desperate
As you know the Cons are having a desperate time trying to attract good candidates to join their leadership contest.
The only worse line-up than the one they have right now would be this one...
And I'm afraid the latest leadership candidate to join the race isn't going to help matters.
Because Deepak Obhrai isn't exactly Mr Excitement. And he's not going to lead the Cons anywhere, no matter what he thinks.
The seven-term Conservative MP from Calgary likes to stand out. It’s why he sent out an e-mail to supporters in 2011 proclaiming himself the party’s elder statesman and the most senior MP of South Asian and African descent – known as Mzee in his birth country of Tanzania.
And it’s why the 66-year-old has declared his candidacy for leader of the Conservative Party of Canada, when few believed he would.
And no matter how large his ego, or his burning ambition...
Not with this record.
What an Obhrai-led party would look like is unclear. Mr. Obhrai is considered by insiders to be a bit of a wild card, cited by some as having the unpredictable attributes of a “kooky uncle.”
And not with his extreme views on the European Union.
Canada lost its bid for a United Nations Security Council seat because of the European Union and the country would be better served if Britain left the organization, a long-time Conservative MP says.
Or his failure to acknowledge reality.
Paul Heinbecker, Canada's ambassador to the UN from 2000 to 2003, told the CBC after the vote that the Conservatives' foreign policy — from decreasing African aid, to staunchly supporting Israel, to a lack of engagement on climate change and peacekeeping operations — had been unpopular with the international community.
Or reflect the views of most Canadians.
Canadians overwhelmingly think that the United Kingdom’s eventual separation from the European Union will lead ultimately to negative consequences, according to new EKOS numbers.
Most Canadians — 81 per cent — think a Brexit will have negative consequences for the EU, while only 8 per cent think it could have positive consequences.
So the only thing we can look forward to is this monstrous clash of egos...
But yes, now they are five...
And the leadership race just got even more mediocre, if that's possible.
The Cons are still the Harper Party.
And they are still going nowhere....
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