Whatever happened to Conservative policy?
The poor campaign by the Conservatives wasn't the only reason why they lost the campaign. Whatever happened to conservative policy? Every since the five major priorities of the 2005-2006 campaign, the Conservatives have been running on empty. Take the CBC. In nine years of office all they did was one minor budget cut. They did nothing to change how the CBC operates. Or the military. They started off strong, but there was no commitment to improving the military and now the ratio of military spending to GDP is at a 30 year low.
The policy on prostitution was ridiculous. Yes, try banning prostitution.
In my book, Conservative Confidential: Inside The Fabulous Blue Tent, I talk about how I felt the Conservatives were timid in that they would not address conservative issues like equalization, the merit-principle, fairness for men in family law, bilingualism, supply management, corporate welfare, flattening the tax system, etc. And, yet besides being timid - they were also arrogant.
I mean what party with any intelligence would use Paul Calandra as its main spokesperson? He knew little about the issues and could only repeat the given talking points. I would cringe when he was on the 5 PM political shows. Yet, the Conservatives thought he was the right person.
Perhaps part of the problem for the Conservatives is that there are very few conservative think tanks in Canada. The Fraser Institute does some very good work, but who else is there. The Manning Centre does almost nothing and that leaves the MacDonald-Laurier Institute as the other really good conservative think tank. That's it....