Conservative Party: slump, low blows and half-truths

For fans of tirades, the Conservative race’s first debate, which took place Thursday night, will have been a treat. But whoever says tirade says hyperbole and one-sidedness. The candidates did not hesitate to sometimes twist the truth, evade the facts and start in gross exaggeration. The newspaper has identified some highlights of the debate in which Pierre Poilievre, Jean Charest, Leslyn Lewis, Scott Aitchison and Roman Barber were teased to establish certain facts.

Jean Charest left a surplus to… François Legault?

Jean Charest offered a small lesson in historical revisionism by addressing his fiscal record as prime minister of Quebec.

“I believe in fiscal conservatism,” he said. The Liberal Party that succeeded me, Mr Couillard’s, left a surplus of $8 billion to François Legault. †

Mr Charest’s presentation obscured an important fact: Pauline Marois’ PQ government succeeded him for 19 months. François Legault declared a budget surplus of $8 billion in 2018-2019, but Jean Charest had left power since 2012.

The new religious fiber of Jean Charest

“Is there anything more important than religious freedom? I do not believe. †

This claim was made not by the party’s religious wing candidate Leslyn Lewis, but by Jean Charest, who strongly insisted on his aversion to the Quebec State’s secularism law. Unlike his rival Pierre Poilievre, he promises to challenge it before the Supreme Court if necessary.

However, his government introduced a bill in 2010 to require those who provide and receive services to do so with their faces uncovered. This amounted to banning the full veil, as is the case in several European countries.

CBC = Pravda

Much has been said about the dismantling of the CBC. Some went very strong, like Roman Barber, of Russian descent.

“I was born in the Soviet Union. There was then a newspaper called Pravda, which means “the truth”. I see no difference with financing [de la CBC] by the state,” he said.

Most candidates, with the exception of Jean Charest, sharply criticized the work of the traditional media, calling them leftists paid by Justin Trudeau’s liberals.

Captain Fossil

The six candidates presented themselves as fossil fuel champions who would succeed in convincing the spoilsports: “Quebec politicians (who) continue to oppose and block energy projects,” said moderator Candice Malcolm.

“I support oil and gas. I support pipelines. In fact, the last pipeline built in Quebec was built under my government,” Jean Charest claimed.

He was referring to Énergie Valero’s Saint-Laurent pipeline, which links the Jean-Gaulin refinery in Lévis to the Montreal East storage and distribution terminal. After eight years of construction, it was put into service in 2012. But most of all in the audience remembered that Mr. Charest had imposed a carbon tax on Quebec even before Justin Trudeau started.

hindered by the convoy

Jean Charest was roundly booed when he attacked the convoy of truck drivers that occupied the federal capital in February.

“This mess that we have witnessed is Justin Trudeau’s fault. But Mr Poilievre supported this illegal blocking. It’s true. You cannot defend laws and break them at the same time. It’s a matter of principle,” he said, provoking the anger of the crowd.

His opponents replied that it was rather a movement of concerned Canadians fighting for their livelihoods, threatened by vaccination obligations. Leslyn Lewis, Pierre Poilievre and Roman Barber proudly reiterated their support for the movement.

Abortion sows discomfort

Leslyn Lewis, the sole anti-abortion candidate, tried to force her opponents to speak out on the subject.

Instead of defending women’s right to terminate an unwanted pregnancy, Jean Charest reached out to the anti-abortion activists who represent more than a third of party representatives and a significant proportion of members.

“Leslyn, I deeply respect your position on abortion. I want to say something to the social conservatives tonight. We can disagree on some things, but people who call themselves social conservatives believe in family and community. They seem like a lot of good people to me,” he said.

The absent are always wrong

The moderators of the debate failed to understand that the sixth candidate for Conservative leadership, Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown, is sulking their event.

“We can only speculate as to the reason for his absence, we don’t know. But we know for sure that some Canadians are concerned that Mayor Brown is divisive in the country. He is accused of manipulating the diasporas to boost his campaign.” to give,” says moderator Jamil Jivani.

The campaign of Mr. Brown primarily targets cultural communities including Sikhs, Nepalese, Indians and Tamils. His ties to these communities over many years enabled him to become the leader of the Ontario Conservative Party in 2015.

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