A former conservative political lieutenant for Quebec under Andrew Scheer and Erin O’Toole, Alain Rayes will not be a candidate again at the end of his mandate.
He refuses to kiss Pierre Poilievre’s ring and leaves standing instead of staying on his knees.
There are still politicians who have values
This will not surprise anyone, I am not a big fan of the conservative values that Alain Rayes defends. Not a big fan though of the acrimonious tone he used in the oratorical jousts he pitted against his opponents in the media.
On the other hand, I have sincere admiration for elected officials who refuse to compromise their values in order to keep their salaries.
By closing the door to his party on the election of Pierre Poilievre, Alain Rayes earned the respect of most of his critics, me first and foremost.
The campaign he led to try to elect Jean Charest as leader of the Conservatives condemned him to howl on the back benches of the Ottawa parliament, whether he remained in the Conservative ranks or not.
He left himself, his head held high.
The Poilievre Shadow
The day after the congress of the Conservative Party, the announcement of Alain Rayes recalls the reasons for his departure from the PCC.
Pierre Poilievre’s association with the movement of trucks is incompatible with the concepts of “law and order”, his promotion of cryptocurrencies and his rejection of the Bank of Canada call our institutions into question and his using robocalls to try to force Rayes’ resignation is disloyal.
In a leadership race, the party will sign their death warrant if they lose.
Those who kneel before a victorious leader temporarily warm themselves in the face of disappointment. They must be careful not to forget that their time will come.