Finally. The Conservative Party of Canada has a new leader. From a starting grid of no less than 14 candidates down to one. After 13 rounds of voting. After irregularities that resulted in over 1,300 party memberships being erased. After an assumed celebrity entered the field without even being a member of the party and immediately polled in the lead. After the same celebrity candidate declared understanding French to be a detail and attending debates to be inconvenient. And finally after that candidate simply folded up his tent and went back to Boston.
Was the long drawn out affair all about a membership drive? There is some merit to that. Nearly 260,000 members were eligible to vote for a new leader. A minimum doubling of the books in card carrying members. That worked.
Was the long drawn out affair all about trying to figure out where so much of Canada tuned them out? To propose new ideas with some appeal? Well, that may have been the idea but it certainly didn't happen. Brad Trost espoused on 19th century puritanism. Maxime Bernier said capitalism was all we needed, until he questioned Supply Management. Micheal Chong did not much. Chris Alexander continued to demonstrate what a false resume looks like. Kellie Leitch will live on well past her days on YouTube with that outstanding SNL Digital Short classic titled "Magda talks to ghosts". Erin O'Toole did his best Harper impression. Pierre Lemieux was another Brad Trost, but French. Steven Blaney still looked like there were trenchcoats after him. Rick Peterson, Deepak Obhrai, Lisa Raitt and Andrew Saxton took up stage space.
The winner is the man referred to as the worst Speaker of the House. Ever. Someone who has a 100% rating from pro-life, pro-Israel, pro-gun and pro-Christian groups. The more things change, the more they stay Harper for the CPC.
Let's break it down, a post-mortem indeed.
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