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LETTER: Peter MacKay can’t beat Trudeau

A reader says that whatever gains MacKay makes in the Maratimes will be offset by losses in the West.

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RE: LETTER: No social conservatives for next Tory leader

I was waiting for the letter blaming social conservatives for the last election loss. The problem is that it isn’t true. Even with Harper’s 2011 numbers, Scheer would still have lost election to Trudeau.

Are any of the leadership candidates capable of beating Trudeau at present? I don’t believe a conservative – any of them – can win election so long as the NDP support remains at historic lows. The Conservative Party, even in its best years has never garnered more than about 40 per cent of the electorate. Unless the NDP and Green parties secures 20 per cent of the electorate, the Liberal party will likely win election irrespective of the leader the conservatives choose..

As for MacKay, he would need to bolster support in the Maritimes and in Ontario to beat Trudeau. I see no evidence he would bring increased conservative support in the GTA. While more seats in the Maritimes would be helpful, these seats would be counterbalanced by losses in the West, particularly British Columbia.

We should vote for the leader who offers us the best conservative vision, rather than chase ephemeral electoral appeal.

Sean OIlech
Prince George, BC

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LETTER: Alberta independence parties need to act together

In Alberta specifically, voters are faced with a fractured front with multiple parties.

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RE: WIP leader Hinman says Alberta should shut off natural gas taps to US after Keystone cancellation

Since the 2019 federal election, the idea of western independence has once again grown into a glimmer of hope for frustrated Westerners. However, in Alberta specifically, voters are faced with a fractured front with multiple parties.

It is unrealistic to think that the West could ever achieve independence if separate entities with the same goal continue to compete against one another. Alberta’s independence parties must unite under a single banner and work toward their common goal.

Even if independence is not achieved, a united front may force Canada to hear the concerned Western voice that is so often ignored.

Henry Wolfe
Ottawa, ON

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LETTER: Sloan’s ouster by O’Toole sends this voter to Bernier

The proverbial buck is supposed to stop with the top dog in charge – be it a political party leader or a corporate CEO.

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RE: Sloan ousted from Tory Caucus

I believe that Conservative leader Erin O’Toole is attempting to scapegoat Derek Sloan by blaming him for the fact that infamous  Neo-Nazi Paul Fromm was allowed to become a member of the party. It is O’Toole, as the leader of the Conservative Party of Canada who should be accepting responsibility for this fiasco. The proverbial buck is supposed to stop with the top dog in charge – be it a political party leader or a corporate CEO.

It was the Conservative Party of Canada HQ which approved Paul Fromm’s (going under the name Frederick P Fromm) application to be a party member, mailed him a leadership race ballot, and accepted his ballot when it was returned. This had nothing to do with Sloan’s own leadership campaign. 

The fact that O’Toole is prepared to throw Sloan under the bus – rather than taking responsibility 
for the failure of CPC HQ to properly vet Fromm as a member and donor – is an insight into his personality.

I will be voting for Maxime Bernier’s People’s Party of Canada next time.

Doborah Gantz
Winnipeg, Mn

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LETTER: O’Toole move ‘below the belt’

Other members of the CPC caucus, quite rightly, will now wonder if they are next.

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RE: FILDEBRANDT: $131 Sloan donation leak was an inside job – Conservative MPs tell us so

Dear Sir or Madam:

Hear, hear.

Everything in Mr. Filderbrandt’s article rings true. I have been financially responsible in many federal campaigns and was the Financial Agent in my EDA for several years. We do not look at the name on a donation, we just take the money. There is no time for anything else and the likelihood of a toxic donation is so low it is not worth any expenditure of effort.

Very rarely a local person might be noted as somehow persona non grata and barred from financial participation. If a donation is found to be undesirable or improper after the fact, we just return it to the donor or to Elections Canada.

I am not a Sloan fan, but this is below the belt. Other members of the CPC caucus, quite rightly, will now wonder if they are next. If this – an invisibly-small donation under an alias, promptly put into refund when discovered – is the standard for excommunication, then just about anything is a “gotcha”.

If Mr. Sloan has some pattern of behaviour that has led up to attempted expulsion, then that should be in front of caucus. Party discipline needs transparent governance if the party is to thrive and win general elections.

Aaron Burns,
Burlington, On

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