The Left should stay out of Conservative leadership race
It appears in Canada that there’s a movement happening on the left that is directly trying to undermine the democratic process. Certain segments of progressive movements have responded to the Conservative leadership campaigns of Kellie Leitch and Kevin O’Leary by encouraging other lefties to join the Conservative Party and vote against her. This type of movement is hilariously undemocratic and anybody who takes part in it should be ashamed.
Since the left has been on such a tirade against privilege and entitlement recently, let’s talk about it – because nothing screams entitlement like believing your ideas are so much better than another groups that you would go to the extent of advocating for the interference of their election. One such blogger called for people to join the Conservative Party and vote for Michael Chong, and while doing so, managed to find ways to insult the Conservative Party for it’s mere existence five separate times.
Now, there’s nothing wrong with joining the Conservative Party to vote against a candidate if you are a conservative who left the party due to Harper or whatever reason it may be. There is, however, a huge problem with doing it if you consider yourself a progressive who wants to stop the evil Conservative Party. Politics should be about creating a dialogue between people with opposing views. Sometimes the Conservative Party is what a country needs, and sometimes Liberals are. The rub is that it’s never clear when you need one or the other, which is why having that open dialogue is so important. Intentionally joining a party you don’t support with the intention of swaying others to vote for the candidate that has the views most similar to yours doesn’t in any way represent the open dialogue we need.
A strong argument could be made that a Conservative government could be good for Canada in several ways. An argument could also be put forth that Trudeau’s administration is doing a fine job. Not surprisingly, the exact same goes for the NDP and Green parties. It’s hard for citizens to tell which party Canada needs going forward, which is precisely why these conversations need to take place.
Conservatives need to elect the person they feel best represents their interests, and that person needs to hold their own in a debate against the democratically elected leaders of other parties. That’s how democracy should work and anyone who advocates against that is treading into dangerous territory.
If you believe that your position is the only correct way for the country to move forward, then you need to be willing to argue it against the best argument your opposition has to offer. We need to stop being scared of ideas that oppose ours, and we need to stop hurling insults at those who support candidates we don’t. Doing so only forces movements underground and such movements can thrive in unhealthy ways if they aren’t being engaged in meaningful political discourse outside of their echo chambers. That’s how Trump got elected. Instead, we need to be able to talk to those who have opposing views and learn from each other. Despite what either side may say, neither one has a monopoly on the truth. Both sides have their strengths and their weaknesses and it’s only by butting heads that we can get the best out of both.
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