January 10, 2020

Forced Diversity – Conservatives Need Conservative Message

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Justin Trudeau Isn’t Correct That Diversity Is Canada’s Strength

This is what the studies say about Diversity, Integration, Civic Trust and Engagement:

Evidence-Based Levels And Mix: Absorptive Capacity (2017)

An in-house government report entitled Evidence-Based Levels And Mix: Absorptive Capacity (2017) concluded that integration of immigrants is faltering in terms of housing, jobs, health care, education, religious tensions, ethnic enclaves and transit. A salient finding is that newcomers have a clear preference to settle with members of their own ethnicity. “Residential concentrations of newcomers is a growing concern,” the report states, with the implication that self-chosen isolation can present yet more obstacles to full integration. It also pointed out that “religious and cultural accommodation continues to be an issue regarding practices that are deemed in conflict with Canada’s institutions,” with mention made of “forced marriages” and “family violence issues.”


Are Canadian Conservatives actually conservative?

“Conservatism in Canada now amounts to, at best, opportunism. They are in favour of whatever is unassailably popular, opposed to whatever is indefensibly unpopular … just so long as no one asks them to take a risk, a stand, or a decision, to … explain how it differs from the left’s.”

The same cannot be said for the federal Liberals and NDP. The Liberals proudly wrap themselves around a heavily left-leaning economic and social agenda, while the NDP are trying to outflank the Liberals on the left.


Federal Conservatives head into 2020 with leadership race and other battles

But they didn’t get enough of those voters to form government, and so 2020 finds the Conservatives needing to figure out how to get ahead themselves.

“There is an opportunity for the party to define or redefine itself, reconfigure its identity, figure out what it is, and then move forward,” said Semhar Tekeste, who worked for the Conservatives both in Opposition and in government, and is now a public-affairs consultant.


Conservative Leadership Contenders: Who Could Replace Andrew Scheer?

Moments after Andrew Scheer announced Thursday his intention to resign as Conservative party leader, speculation turned to who will replace him.

Two of his prominent rivals in the 2017 leadership contest, Maxime Bernier and Kevin O’Leary, quickly ruled themselves out. As did Alberta Premier Jason Kenney, Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister and Ontario Premier Doug Ford, all leaders of conservative provincial parties.


Who Will Lead The Conservative Party? Andrew Scheer’s Would-be Successors

Andrew Scheer’s surprise announcement that he was resigning as Conservative leader on Thursday—after weeks of doggedly defending his party’s results in the Oct. 21 election and, at most, allowing that perhaps communication could have been better—launches his party, abruptly but cleanly, into the search for a new leader.

Had Scheer not stepped down, the same process would have percolated away messily in the background as internecine squabbles and sotto voce allegiances until the party convention in April forced the issue with a mandated leadership review.

So now that Scheer has accelerated the timeline and instead paved the way for refreshingly open squabbles and allegiances, it’s a good time to take stock of a few of the most prominent would-be successors whose names have been tossed around.


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