Pierre Poiliver, a former Conservative Senate leader, is expressing concern about the direction the party is taking, worrying the Tories may reach the point of “fracturing beyond repair”.
in an exclusive interview with west blockMercedes Stephenson, Marjorie LeBreton, said candidates for the Conservative leadership are jumping on the “complaint brigade”, doing “uncomfortable” not only the party but the country.
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On a more existential point for the Conservatives, LeBreton – who served as an adviser to Stephen Harper and later his point person in the Senate – said he feared the relatively young coalition might not be able to hold together. .
“I am very, very concerned … what is happening with the party and what is happening during this leadership debate,” LeBreton said.
“I really fear that the great housing that arrived in the fall of 2003 between (then Canadian coalition leader) Stephen Harper and (former Progressive Conservative leader) Peter McKay is beyond repair.”
LeBreton was clear about what worried him most: Party members embraced the convoy protests, which have paralyzed the city of Ottawa for weeks and blocked several Canada-US border crossings.
The former senator said that “law and order” is a “cornerstone” of modern conservative politics.
“And law and order is law and order. And illegal blockades are illegal blockades, whether they are across the border, on a pipeline, on a railway line, they are illegal,” said LeBreton, referring to conservative opposition to indigenous rail blockades in early 2020.
Conservatives can’t say that blocking the city of Ottawa is “okay, but it’s not okay for any other group to block a railroad.”
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“The whole idea of breaking the cornerstone of conservatism in law and order … really, really bothers me.”
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LeBreton is one of the most high-profile Conservative figures to have criticized her own party for the convoy protests, but she is by no means alone. Several conservative sources – both on the leadership campaigns and on the sidelines – have expressed concern about lawmakers and the wider movement that was deemed illegal “occupation” by the police.
But Lebreton has also known the leadership candidate Pierre Poiliver – the favorite to lead the party at the next election – for many years. She told Global News that she resigned from Poilever’s Carleton Riding Board of Directors over her repeated support for the convoy crew.
“You could easily tell it wasn’t going to end well,” said LeBreton, who said he felt he no longer had a home in the Conservative Party that he had a hand in building.
Global News requested an interview with the Polliver campaign to address LeBronton’s comments. The campaign did not elicit any response.
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Even by the standards of the Conservative leadership race – the party has organized three in the past five years – the current race is seen as particularly bad. Poiliver has by no means had a monopoly on personal attacks, but his comments against former Quebec premier Jean Charest and Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown are particularly pointed.
LeBreton – who has joined a conservative advocacy group called “Center Ice Conservatives”, advocating for the party to take a “centre-right” position – said leadership competition should be focused less on individual attacks.
“People want an alternative (for the governing liberals) and we have a chance to provide them with an alternative,” said LeBreton, who said she was not working on any leadership campaigns.
“We have to be electable. We have to win elections for any of the issues we want to address. ,
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