Poilievre has connected over-spending & money printing to the surging cost of living, a message that needs to be heard in an era when spending is out of control.
With Election Day approaching, the end result is still up in the air.
There’s no doubt that Justin Trudeau is less popular than ever, but the CPC is also polling lower on average than they did in 2019.
With many conservative voters feeling disillusioned with the CPC, and with many voters outraged at the draconian restrictions that have been imposed – and continue to be imposed – by hypocritical and incompetent politicians, the PPC has surged.
Combine that with the collapse of Green Party support, and Jagmeet Singh’s personal popularity, and we have an election that is incredibly uncertain.
The range of scenarios is vast, and what that means is some big names could either win big, or suffer surprising losses.
With that in mind, many have noted the recent video Pierre Poilievre put out on Twitter:
“My critics say I’m a bulldog.
Sign here if you agree:”
My critics say I’m a bulldog.
Sign here if you agree: https://t.co/WvTCLGs39d pic.twitter.com/sKa9uNeLw6
— Pierre Poilievre (@PierrePoilievre) September 17, 2021
During his time as Conservative Finance Critic, Poilievre managed to bring a lot of attention to big issues like inflation, overspending, and massive money printing.
Most importantly, he managed to connect those issues to the everyday experience of Canadians.
It’s not enough to just say ‘money printing is a problem,’ but Poilievre connect that to how Canadians are seeing the price of everything go up and up and up.
A philosophical differentiation
This is why having Pierre Poilievre in Parliament matters:
He offers a well-thought-out, philosophical differentiation from what the Liberals/NDP propose.
The Liberals/NDP clearly believe that the answer to every issue is to spend more money, expand government power, and gain more control over the lives of individuals. Along with that, they seek to have a politicized Bank of Canada that will debase the value of our currency by printing endless amounts of money to fund all their massive spending.
It’s Modern Monetary Theory, and it’s what Trudeau, Singh, and the elites are proposing.
Now, if they believe that and campaign on that, it is their right.
However, in a democratic nation, that kind of agenda must have strong opposition.
Poilievre provided that opposition, by articulating a counter-narrative based on Conservative principles:
More freedom, less government, letting the private sector flourish, and being restrained in monetary policy to avoid devaluing our currency.
Poilievre was even making political headway by branding Liberal policies as the ‘inflation tax,’ which is the best way to explain it.
The elites love inflation because it lets them tax the population while hiding it. There is no obvious tax, you simply feel that your money isn’t going as far.
By calling this the ‘inflation tax,’ Poilievre made it tougher for politicians like Trudeau to avoid responsibility.
Poilievre’s videos on the inflation tax, and on ‘the gatekeepers’ holding back the aspirations of Canadians resonated massively on social media.
The Conservatives had found someone who could make significant headway in pushing a clear alternative to the left-wing, big government agenda.
The mistake of lowering Poilievre’s profile
Unfortunately, the CPC under Erin O’Toole moved Poilievre out of his role as finance critic.
While some tried to dismiss it as a ‘strategic move’ or a ‘one-off,’ the CPC followed that up by embracing a carbon tax, shifting their messaging to the left, making it clear they didn’t want the support of right-wing Canadians, and choosing to play within the Liberal narrative on most issues.
As a result, in the final days of a campaign in which Justin Trudeau should be facing a massive loss, the CPC is reduced to warning about ‘vote-splitting,’ as the PPC wins over both new voters, and those who expected the Conservative Party to be more ‘conservative.’
This brings me back to what I mentioned earlier, the unpredictability of this election.
If that unpredictability led to someone like Pierre Poilievre losing his seat it would be a huge loss for Canada.
It would deprive Canada of someone who is making principled fiscal conservative arguments, at a time when Canada needs fiscal conservativism.
Uniting people around ideas
If you look at social media right now, it’s clear that small-c conservative Canadians are increasingly divided between the Conservatives and the PPC. Those fights and debates are now happening out in the open, which again was to be expected when the CPC so dramatically switched their ideology – including further surrenders to the Liberal narrative on guns and the carbon tax during the campaign itself.
If a party is supposed to be based on ideas, and it becomes too obviously transactional, then it will inevitably risk losing support.
Add that to a campaign in which Justin Trudeau has ruthlessly divided Canadians (using incredibly disturbing rhetoric), and this rising polarization has led Canadians to seek out those who have a clear and consistent worldview, something the PPC certainly provides whether you agree with them or not.
Notably however, Pierre Poilievre manages to retain appeal among both those who are small-c conservatives, and those who follow whatever the CPC does.
And that’s because Poilievre focuses on big ideas, and on a principled conservative perspective.
What this shows is that the way to ‘unite’ people isn’t to try and be all things to everyone (which only ends up backfiring), but is instead to focus on real ideas, and then explain how those ideas are connected to what people are experiencing in their day to day lives.
That is what Pierre Poilievre has managed to achieve, and that is why Canada needs Pierre Poilievre in Parliament.
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