Koury’s attack on Scheer baffling
John Koury’s bitter and vitriolic attack on Andrew Scheer is as baffling as it is unnecessary. It is also somewhat out of step with both the times and the personal realities of modern life. If Andrew Scheer feels the need to compete for the leadership of the Conservative Party of Canada he has every right to do so.
Certainly, at this juncture in Canadian politics and history, we could use a leadership candidate of his nature and status. We are currently suffering from a lack of leadership on every level, a tragic dilemma that is now beginning to affect every aspect of Canadian life. To find proof of this we need only look at our prime minister, a man currently driving us into even higher debt, ignoring our immigration difficulties, dictatorially mandating the beliefs of his backbenchers and party members, and imposing his version of morality and public life on all Canadians, in addition to stripping us of our free speech. (a la motion M-103 and Bill C-16)
In comparison, Andrew Scheer is eminently qualified to be current Conservative Party leader, and a future prime minister. He possesses many admirable qualities, one of the most important of which Mr. Koury failed to mention: The courage of his convictions. He is unashamedly socially conservative, (why should he be ashamed of that in the first place ?) voted for our freedoms by opposing Bill C-16, one of only two MPs to do so, and has the best interests of Canadians at heart. I heard him speak when he came to Chemainus, and was instantly impressed by his vision, approachability, sincerity, reasonable adaptability and the common sense reality of his speech.
We can hardly attack Andrew Scheer in a world where a one term senator from Illinois named Barrack Obama, who abstained from the majority of votes in his state legislature, and had no significant administrative experience, became president of the United States. Neither can we do so after witnessing the spectacle of Mr. Macron, a neophyte with little or no significant experience, becoming president of France after disloyally defecting from the Socialists.
In comparison with these people, and the ex-snowboard instructor and part-time substitute drama teacher we now have as PM, a man who believes that the “economy comes from the heart” the “debt will cure itself” and “Canada’s identity is to have no identity,” I will choose Andrew anytime.
The attempt to somehow smear him by connecting him to ex-prime minister Harper is also more than somewhat inappropriate. First, many Canadians did not buy into the “Evil Stephen Harper” narrative, but even so, what is at stake here is leadership and the selecting of a good potential leader, not factional strife in the party.
Perhaps Mr. Koury’s experiences within the party have somehow embittered him, but that doesn’t excuse a cheap shot at a potential party leader and respected Conservative.