On Thursday we learned an extension of the current equalization formula was passed on June 6, 2018. Why were we surprised to learn this? Because none of the Conservatives who voted against the amendment mentioned it even though they (mostly) showed up to vote on it. No, we learned this from the media three weeks after the fact.
Since the final vote on June 6, the silence has been deafening. There are 53 CPC “defenders of the West”, including its leader, Andrew Scheer (SK). There is also a guy in Alberta whose heart and mind is hardly a moment away from the House of Commons, the Leader of Alberta’s Official Opposition, Jason Kenney. And none of these representatives, not one of these “unfair equalization” proponents was passing around the gasoline for the West to light its hair on fire? Get real.
Part of that would of course be due to the fact that there was a federal by-election going on in Quebec that saw the Conservative Party of Canada win a seat on June 18. While campaigning in Quebec, a political party does not need half of its caucus making waves against the province.
|La Presse Canadienne / Jacques Boissinot
The only hiccup for the Conservatives was back in May when Manitoba MP Ted Falk let his social conservatism fly in the House of Commons when he yelled out “abortion is not a right!” in response to the Prime Minister. Quebecers are, apparently, more liberal-minded than the Western CPC MPs and Conservative MPs from Quebec were forced to distance themselves from the comment. Ain’t unity grand?
And speaking of unity, the only CPC MP who appears to be maintaining the purported conservative values is Maxime Bernier, who was removed from the front bench by Andrew Scheer earlier this month. The CPC is on a mission: Elect a provincial Conservative Party in Quebec in October. All MPs must toe the party line.
To do that, Andrew Scheer must continue to be the champion of all things Quebec; from supply management to equalization (no link available because; silence). Jason Kenney, who likely wanted to be on as many stages as possible in Quebec during the summer, will have to stand up for Alberta as the lone voice for Alberta Conservative values of “it’s mine, damn you, all mine!”
Andrew Scheer will have to continue to be the voice for Quebec, at least until October 2, 2018, but they won’t worry too much about the Conservative support out West; Kenney has plenty of gasoline for all of those who can be set off by incomplete and misleading remarks about equalization. And while your hair is on fire, don’t forget to donate to the CPC; they need your support to campaign for Quebec’s interests.
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