To the victor goes the spoils. To the loser goes the...butthurt? Despite it being almost eight months since October 19, it was still very fresh in the minds of the Red Universe and the Blue Universe this past weekend.
In Winnipeg, the Liberal Party of Canada had three days of celebration, self-congratulation, ratification of a new party constitution and commitment to make good to Canadians. Livestreamed on YouTube and covered by CPAC, the new party of government did their best to appear competent, in control and unified. The only one of the big three to have no leadership issues, whatever the Prime Minister said seemed to be the dominant narrative. The new LPC Constitution, brought to the floor by Justin Trudeau, passed by a vote of 1,998 for, 66 against. Sounds pretty unified to me.
In Vancouver, the Conservative Party of Canada had three days of obvious and constant contradiction from within. Losing an election and being on the other side of the House has a way of doing that. No livestream here, just CPAC to chronicle the bitterness. From the final glorification of Stephen Harper to the blind hope for a reborn future. From the claims of a "big tent" party to the statements of exclusion of muslims from the convention floor microphones. The claims to the history of a much different Progressive Conservative party continue, despite the fallacy of such. Claims of being the party of "Canadian values" as sniping at all others continues. The motion to bring the party into the 21st century regarding same-sex marriage brought cries of "abandoning the base", despite it passing by a vote of 1,036 for, 462 against. Throw in Canada's interloper version of Donald Drumpf for good measure.
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