Kelly McParland: Who will save the Conservative Party from self-destruction?
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At some point pretty soon, some high-ranking, thoughtful Tory – if such a thing is out there – has to step back, survey the Conservative landscape and call a halt to the party’s self-destruction. As in: “Hold on, what are we doing here? This is nuts. Let’s try again, from the beginning. All together now: who are we, why are we here, and what do we stand for?”
The alternative would seem to be an easy ride for Liberals and other rival parties, both in Ottawa and the provinces, for the foreseeable future. At present there’s only one elected government willing to have the word “Conservative” in its name – Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister, come on down! Saskatchewan’s Brad Wall is conservative in practice, but heads the Saskatchewan party because a previous premier turned “Conservative” into a dirty word. Wall could probably get himself elected federal Tory leader if he wanted the job and was willing to learn French, but claims a desire to do neither.