Ever since Andrew Scheer was chosen as the new leader of the Harper Party, I've been trying to explain to the few Cons I know, that they've made a terrible mistake.
Trying to explain that by choosing a religious fanatic who would criminalize women, marginalize gays, and ignore climate change, they haven't just lost the next election.
They've also lost the future.
For when the Con clown Erin O'Toole demanded that the Liberals stop "virtue signalling" on gender, indigenous, and environmental issues at the NAFTA talks, he couldn't have summed up that mistake better.
So I'm glad to see that at least somebody in the MSM is finally asking the obvious question:
Have the loser Cons learned anything from losing?
O’Toole’s chicken hawk routine is as clear an indication as any that the Conservative party remains stubbornly rooted in its recent past. By dismissing environmental issues as “virtue signalling” — a common epithet employed by the right — O’Toole is attempting to diminish the environment as a political issue, just as the Conservative party itself attempted to feminize and diminish Trudeau before and during the last election.
Do they understand that the problem is generational?
Shortly after the 2015 election, as the Conservative party wrenched itself from a stinging electoral loss to a divisive leadership campaign, the polling company Campaign Research looked into the roughly 100,000 paid up CPC members. These members tended to be white and overwhelmingly male, with an average age of 66.
And that by pandering to that older demographic, the Cons are all but committing suicide.
There are obvious demographic downsides to playing to the myopia and petty fears of roughly 100,000 Baby Boomers — and not only because they are literally dying off. With an average age of 39, Canadians are decades younger than the average Conservative party member.
Or dying of ignorance...
A Canada-wide EKOS poll last year found that a 39-year-old Canadian likely supports stricter environmental regulation and is sensitive to the plight of the country’s Indigenous population. Addressing these concerns may well be “virtue-signalling”, as O’Toole said, but it’s also a canny extension of retail politics — a way to ensure your party doesn’t grow old.
Now I know that some Canadian seniors are as progressive as they come, and that some younger ones are Cons or slackers.
But in the next election millennials will form the largest voting bloc, and when it comes to values the Great Divide couldn't be clearer.
And not just here, but also in other countries like Britain.
New polling that has been undertaken by ComRes for UnHerd suggests that the values of millennials and the post-millennial Generation Z could hardly be more different from those held by their grandparents.
Where polls also show that the young have markedly different views than older Britons on everything from crime to foreign policy to religion.
Three-quarters of older Britons agree that we should have more Christianity in the nation; some 61% of 18- to 24-year-olds want less – from churches they rarely attend, and which, through the prism of news, appear to be trapped in outdated attitudes towards women and gay people.
In that country the Cons are still trapped in the legacy of the ghastly Margaret Thatcher.
In Canada the Cons are still living in the shadow of the monstrous Stephen Harper...
Though Conservatives rid themselves of their leader in 2015, they have yet to move beyond the shadow of his legacy, or the cloistered confines of the party faithful. Instead, by clinging to the same rhetoric and mindset that lost them the election, they are damning themselves to more failure.
There is nothing the Cons can do about it, time marches on, demographics is destiny.
And these were the losers they had to choose from...
So they never had a chance.
But Andrew Scheer embodies all the things millennials hate the most. And him and his Cons are going to
Harper may have brought them down.
But Scheer will bury them alive...