Longtime Conservative strategist Ken Boessenkool says he’ll not tolerate “casual Trumpism” in his private or political life, and desires to see it stamped out of Canadian politics.
“In the past, some people said: ‘Oh, isn’t what Trump’s doing good’— and I would always say, ‘Well, Trump’s a horrible man,'” stated Boessenkool, senior analysis fellow on the C.D. Howe Institute and a former senior marketing campaign advisor to former prime minister Stephen Harper.
“And they’re like, ‘Well, yeah, he’s a horrible man, but what he’s doing is good, so I’m glad he’s there.'”
Boessenkool advised The Current’s Matt Galloway that he would often “just stop talking” and let the matter drop, however that he is “not going to do that anymore.”
“I’m going to say, ‘Look, Trump is a bad man, he’s an evil man, and he did evil things and he tried to overthrow the government in order to try and steal an election,'” he stated.
“I’m going to go one step further and say what you believe is unacceptable.”
U.S. President Donald Trump faces impeachment proceedings over accusations he incited the assault on the U.S. Capitol final week, following his baseless claims of fraud within the Nov. three election.
In the wake of the violence, Boessenkool wrote an opinion piece warning that the Trump-style populism that has “infected” U.S. politics poses a risk to Canada as properly.
He urged his friends within the Conservative Party to “find policy solutions that speak to [voters], as opposed to stoking their anger.”
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O’Toole attempting to maintain ‘the tent glad’
Conservative Party Leader Erin O’Toole issued a press release condemning the U.S. Capitol violence final week, however Globe and Mail reporter Kelly Cryderman says he has to “walk a very careful walk in doing so.”
“The problem is there are people in his party who support Trump, and … he doesn’t want to completely alienate them,” she stated.
Cryderman stated it is an issue for the social gathering to be related to Trumpism, at a time when world opinion of the outgoing U.S. president could also be at an all-time low.
“They must know they need to do everything possible to get rid of the idea that they’re associated with it,” she stated.
She additionally pointed to O’Toole’s slogan throughout his management marketing campaign: “Take Back Canada.”
“It sounds like it could have come from the Republican politics that is happening in the United States,” she stated.
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Charelle Evelyn, managing editor at The Hill Times, stated that in latest months O’Toole has tried to maintain “all areas of the tent happy, and keeping the base secure,” whereas concurrently attempting to achieve out past the social gathering base.
“You can’t [be] crying about the radical left, and the woke mob, and cancel culture … [while also] not saying anything about specifically white supremacy … or specifically acknowledging the fact that systemic racism exists,” she stated.
In a September interview with CTV, O’Toole sidestepped a query about systemic racism in Canada, saying some police believed the time period unfairly paints all law enforcement officials as racist.
The Current invited O’Toole to participate in an interview, however he was not out there.
Deputy chief pictured in MAGA hat
Deputy Conservative chief Candice Bergen has additionally come below scrutiny following the U.S. Capitol riot, when an undated picture emerged on-line of her sporting a Make America Great Again hat.
Bergen issued a press release saying she condemned the violence on the U.S. Capitol, however didn’t reply questions on when the picture was taken.
Boessenkool stated Bergen is an in depth buddy who deserved a second likelihood, however that “if Candice put on a MAGA hat today, I would be extremely dismissive and extremely upset.”
The social gathering additionally confronted criticism final week for a fundraising web page on its web site, which claimed “Justin Trudeau is rigging the election in his favour.”
Critics drew parallels between the allegation in opposition to Trudeau, and Trump’s baseless accusations that the U.S. presidential election was rigged.
The web page, which dates again to July 2019, was eliminated, however might be seen in a web-based archive not affiliated with the Conservative Party.
“I don’t think ‘rig the election’ was particularly helpful or good language,” Boessenkool stated.
He stated the web page was in response to electoral reforms round marketing campaign spending that critics stated gave the Liberals a bonus over opposition events.
“I’m not excusing that kind of language, but I think it’s very different.”
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Boessenkool stated that Conservatives needs to be working to grasp the challenges driving anger amongst voters, and “do things to address that in policy terms, not in conspiracy terms.”
“I don’t want these people to leave our party,” he stated.
“I just want us to find a conservative solution to address the underlying concerns as opposed to using anger, to make them mad, to get them to vote for us.”
Written by Padraig Moran. Produced by Jennifer Keene, Rachel Levy-McLaughlin and Paul MacInnis.