This week the new Canadian Conservative Party leader Erin O Toole was asked by a reporter why he hadn’t given Derek Sloan, one of his leadership rivals, a place in his shadow cabinet. Although Mr. O Toole didn’t answer directly I suspect it is because he knows Mr. Sloan’s ideas are very out of step with the thinking of the majority of Canadians.
These were some of the planks in Mr. Sloan’s election platform.
- Remove Canada from the Paris Climate Accord.
- Repeal Bill C-16 that added gender identity and gender expression to the list of prohibited grounds for discrimination
- Make abortions in Canada more difficult to obtain and end funding to any foreign aid organization that offers abortion services.
- Add stricter guidelines to the MAID (medically assistance in dying) legislation.
- Adopt more stringent restrictions in regards to the legalization of marijuana
- Substantially reduce the number of immigrants coming to Canada
- Repeal Bill C-69 that limits the construction of pipelines and Bill C-48 that limits oil tanker traffic along the British Columbia coast
- Get rid of legislation that places too many restrictions on firearms possession and ownership
- Fully defund the World Health Organization
- Reverse the decision to make conversion therapy for LGBTQ young people a crime
- Overturn the same-sex marriage act
As I familiarized myself with Derek Sloan’s vision for Canada I understood why he was the first candidate to be eliminated from the Conservative Party leadership race. His ideas were not at all aligned with the thinking of the majority of Canadians, certainly not with mine.
I discovered Mr. Sloan and his policies, which the majority of Canadians would not endorse, had garnered the most support in Provencher the riding where I grew up and spent the bulk of my career and raised my family. Although Mr. Sloan had considerable popularity in other ridings it was in Provencher where he did the best. Of course, this doesn’t mean Provencher is necessarily an ideological outlier when it comes to politics because of course the chart only represents the Conservative Party members in the constituency. The riding has, however, consistently elected a Conservative representative for the last two decades. It is a unique federal riding that’s for sure.
Just a reminder that Provencher has been a unique riding right since its inception in 1871 when it sent Louis Riel to the House of Commons. Sir John A MacDonald sent him right back to Manitoba banning him from the House of Commons. I wonder what Riel would have to say about the political leanings of his home riding now?
And just one more note. Current federal Provencher representative Conservative Ted Falk was not offered a job in the shadow cabinet either.