Earth to Andrew Scheer…

If NAFTA 2.0 fails it will be because both the Liberals and your CPC are holding fast to the dairy supply management system at the expense of other sectors.

Earth to Andrew Scheer. Anybody home? Are you listening to the Conservative Party of Canada (CPC) rank and file? Or, are you just listening to those within your party who think they know it all?

I mean, in early August 2018, you seemed indignant that the Liberals were complaining because a CPC MP that had visited Washington was trying to negatively affect the NAFTA talks — while the Americans were working with Mexico to seal a deal. Which they did last week. For example, check out this Globe column from that time period. You are quoted as saying: “This is clearly a cynical political strategy trying to capitalize on stalled negotiations.”

Of course, the Liberals are going to try to blame stalled negotiations on the CPC. But, so what? Why didn’t you say loud and clear that the CPC can’t sit idly by and watch the Liberals fail? Can you just imagine Stephen Harper ignoring the current Washington Liberal gong show if he were still leader of the CPC? Not on your life. Like it or not, he would have insisted on being at the table with the Liberals.

True, the Globe is always negative towards Conservatives. But, my problem is that the MP should have been interfering and you should have been indignant that the Liberals were clearly failing in their negotiations — by trying to include such cultural issues as feminism and ensuring no job discrimination for transexuals. Of course there should not be discrimination but coddling certain “identity” groups will never fly with President Trump and the Liberals should know that.

To put it bluntly, if the Liberals do fail, what can you and the CPC promise to do about it come October 2019? Are you and the CPC prepared for such a possibility and shouldn’t you be talking about what you would do? Can you not play Trump’s game?

Put bluntly, if NAFTA 2.0 fails it will be because both the Liberals and your CPC are holding fast to the dairy supply management system at the expense of other sectors. For example, in Ontario, that is a vote killer since thousands of jobs depend on the auto sector. Yes, I know many jobs would be affected by a change in the dairy system, as well but not as many as in the auto sector. Lower prices on milk products will help consumers, which would not be the case if there was a 25% tariff on automobiles and auto parts.

Other Canadian voices have noticed the wishy-washy way the Liberals and the CPC react to everything American. For example, Canadian writer JJ McCullough put out a great tweet today following up on a Kim Campbell comment. Former PM Campbell, a progressive conservative, waxed lyrical questioning how Canada might have taken unfair advantage of the U.S. over the years. And, McCullough put her in her place by reminding her and all of us all how Canada “is a longtime free-rider on U.S. defence and imposes a ton of protectionist measures on an array of US goods and services.”  As I retweeted: “Well said JJ.

As my title says, “Earth to Andrew Scheer,” which translates as, “Are you paying attention Andrew Scheer?” The crux of the matter is that you need to become the strong leader those of us who voted for you hoped you would be and the CPC needs to be the party of independent thinking and creative policies that are different from progressives.

C/P at Jack’s Newswatch.

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Sandy is a retired educator, author & former conservative political strategist. She operated the first "Crux of the Matter" from 2006 until 2017 and opened this "Crux of the Matter 2.0" blog in late August, 2018.

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