BILL BENNETT -- I sense that Leslyn Lewis has a very warm and genuine personality, and a high-principled character
|Four time Kootenay - East MLA,|
now retired, Bill Bennett
Leslyn Lewis as leader allows conservatives in Canada to establish a new,
and more honest, public narrative. The current narrative has it that
conservatives in Canada are in a minority, meaning that leadership candidates
must be "less conservative" to be successful.
Hello Mr. Peter McKay.
The media and the federal Liberals have persuaded the public that Canadians are generally "liberal" -- and that it is an aberration when the Conservatives form government. There is an implicit understanding in Canada that when Conservatives govern, their days are numbered and the Governing Party of Canada will be back soon.
Even conservatives believe this!
That narrative is very sticky and well entrenched, but in fact, wrong.
The majority of Canadians have conservative values: belief in the importance of family, hard work, natural resource development, basic fairness and equality of opportunity. While on one hand, the Conservative Party of Canada (CPC) establishment believes the Conservative Party must water down its conservatism, to be consistent with the public narrative mentioned above,
Leslyn Lewis is stepping forward, proud of her conservative values and is resonating with ordinary Canadians ... Canadians who did not vote Conservative last election.
The reason Mr. Scheer lost is because he lacks the skills and credibility as a leader to persuade urban, female, immigrant voters he shares their values.
I believe that these voters - the ultimately important swing voters - will see Leslyn as someone they can identify with, someone who shares their values. Her lack of political experience in this case is a positive. Do Conservatives really want to keep doing the same thing and expecting a different result. Or do they want to win?
I sense that Leslyn has a very warm and genuine personality, and a high-principled character.
Her life experience is inspiring. She is the change the Conservative Party needs, whether the Conservative establishment knows that or not.
I hope she wins, because Canada desperately needs her right now ~~ Bill Bennett