Conservative leadership notebook: The CBC's in the crosshairs, and an Ontario PC activist looks to jump in the race
Each week, the National Post will round up the week’s events, point to themes that are emerging, and add other stray notes and observationsOnce again, the story in the Conservative leadership race is about who is not running. Former cabinet minister John Baird officially ruled himself out of contention after about a week of speculation and encouragement from high-profile Conservatives like Alberta Premier Jason Kenney. With the Feb. 27 deadline approaching, and a requirement of 1,000 signatures and $25,000 for entry, it will be difficult for anyone new to join the race now. The weeks of speculation and guesswork could be over. . Here is this week’s edition of the Conservative leadership notebook. O’Toole picks a fight with the CBC Conservative leadership candidate Erin O’Toole is promising to effectively end CBC’s English-language public broadcasting operation, except for radio. But he says he won’t cut Radio-Canada, CBC’s French-language division. CBC is a popular target during Conservative leadership races, as multiple candidates in the 2017 race had also taken aim at the public broadcaster’s news division. In total, CBC receives $1.2 billion in operating and capital funding from the government each year and adds about $500 million in advertising, subscription fees, and other revenue sources. O’Toole released a video Friday morning where he promised to cut all funding to CBC’s English-language digital operations, slash the English TV budget by 50 per cent, and aim to privatize the English TV operation by the end of his first mandate in government. It’s not the first fight O’Toole has picked with the media. In an interview with the National Post, O’Toole lamented that the Liberal government was overly-influenced by the Toronto Star’s editorial board and he has vowed to reverse the recent bailout for struggling media outlets. Waging battle on Facebook Facebook’s advertising library allows for some insight into how the campaigns are advertising and where they are focusing their digital resources. O’Toole’s campaign spent nearly $4,000 on Facebook ads last week, with a big spend on an ad demanding the government “enforce the law” and stop the ongoing rail blockades. The ad was primarily shown to Facebook users in Alberta and Ontario. O’Toole has also run a series of issue-based ads that deal with conscience rights, opposition to Liberal gun control plans and the recent government bailout for newspapers. These are all issues that tend to strike a chord with Conservative voters. O’Toole is also running region-specific ads, with one discussing issues in Newfoundland and Labrador and another one targeted at Quebec, publicizing a recent interview. Peter MacKay’s campaign spent just under $3,000 last week on Facebook ads, with all of them focusing on his role as a cabinet minister in Stephen Harper’s government and his role in creating the modern Conservative Party. MacKay’s ads focus on Facebook users in Ontario and Newfoundland and Labrador. Both O’Toole and MacKay have been racking up about 70-80,000 impressions on their best ads. Another candidate soon to jump in? Jim Karahalios, a well-known activist in Ontario Progressive Conservative circles (and whose wife Belinda is now Cambridge’s MPP), says he’s close to formally entering the federal leadership race. “We’re at 1400 signatures,” he told the National Post, referring to the party member endorsements that form part of the entry requirements. Karahalios says he plans to submit all his materials in the next few days, which includes a lengthy questionnaire and a $25,000 fee. After that, the party will have to verify that everything’s in order and potentially interview him before he becomes an official candidate. Karahalios has battled the Ontario PCs on multiple fronts over the years; he launched a campaign against the carbon tax proposal by former Ontario PC leader Patrick Brown, and alleged that many party nomination contests were run illegally. More recently, Karahalios ran for Ontario PC party president, didn’t win, and then sued the party over allegations of “ballot stuffing” against him. If he gets in, Karahalios will be running an anti-establishment campaign firmly on the right-wing side of the party. He acknowledged he still has a steep hill to climb to get to the $300,000 needed to get access to the party’s membership list and get onto the final ballot. “I believe that this party establishment is totally offside with the membership and the voters,” he said. “They have made it challenging by instituting rules that would make it hard for an outsider and a grassroots candidate to raise the money in time.” Read more: National Post
Too bad we want Blue Tory jimkarahalios that is well rounded on both parties Just heard that the same person can vote for more than one Conservative leadership candidate as part of their 3,000 signatures..could this be correct? Wow! This party appears intent on self-destruction. DEFUND THE CBC He could promise to turn into a warewolf during a full moon , but he will never become Prime Minister.
The CBC is a Left-wing political institution that shouldn't be funded by the taxpayers.
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Former Conservative cabinet minister John Baird decides to stay out of leadership raceThe absence of what some in the party feel is a ‘true blue’ voice in the contest — a role some saw as belonging to either Poilievre or Ambrose — put pressure on Baird to join Too bad. Phew, I'll sleep better tonight knowing that! reallydontcare Baird! Baird! Baird! No mckay! No mckay! No mckay!
Conservative leadership candidate Erin O’Toole would slash funding, privatize CBC English TV and digitalConservative leadership candidate Erin O'Toole would slash funding, privatize CBC English TV and digital Why ONLY the English TV parts!? Because he doesn't like what they have to say. CBC should be defunded altogether In today's society they are no longer needed
John Baird rules out running for Conservative leadership'I am incredibly happy with my post-political life and enjoy my work,' Baird said. all the good ones are bailing out and all that's left is the chopper rider. Small mercies.
Former cabinet minister John Baird won't seek Conservative leadershipFormer Conservative cabinet minister John Baird says he will not seek the Tory leadership, after mounting speculation he’d put his name forward. GOOD. NO MORE GLOBALIST SHILLS RUNNING; APPART FROM O'TOOL AND MACKAY. Must be something seriously wrong with CPC seems like no one wants to be their leader and anyone who wants to take the job, CPC followers don't want them.
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