Aitchison says Conservatives and Liberals are both guilty of ‘using divisiveness’ in politics
Conservative leadership hopeful Scott Aitchison says his party and the governing Liberals have been guilty of trying to divide Canadians for personal gain. And if his long-running bid to lead the party in the next election is successful, he promises a “new approach”. West Block guest host David Akin, Aitchison, said people — both inside his party and the general voting public — “recognize that Ottawa isn’t working. And I think Canadians have had enough,” Aitchison said. “I think both sides are guilty of using the division and differences of opinion among Canadians to divide us, whether it’s differences opinions or differences in where we live. East versus west, urban versus rural. There’s no shortage of it on any side of the aisle, and I think Canadians have had enough. The story continues under the ad Aitchison touched on an undercurrent of the party’s increasingly crowded leadership race in 2022: how the Conservative Party wants to present itself to Canadians after three straight general election losses and a failure to get the kind of suburban and exurban ridings that gave Stephen Harper a majority in 2015. On one side you have pugilist Pierre Poilievre – the presumed frontrunner in the race – who never shied away from a political brawl. Poilievre’s team already fired several shots at rivals Jean Charest and Patrick Brown early in the race. On the other side, Charest and Brown focused their message more on unity – although Brown had some choice words, both directly and indirectly, about Poilievre’s political style. Aitchison seems to position himself more in the latter camp. the courage to stand by our beliefs and speak to the people who live in these suburban and urban constituencies, and to make sure that we also address the concerns that they have,” Aitchison told Aikin. Trending Stories The story continues below the ad “And I think the only way to do that is to come together as a party and make sure our message is clear and consistent and engage with all communities across this country.” Aitchison opposes carbon tax, but says it shouldn’t be a ‘purity test’ Aitchison said he opposes the federal carbon price, which should rise in provinces that don’t have no equivalent climate policies on April 1st. – which precipitated the departure of deposed leader Erin O’Toole and which will be a central issue in the current leadership – should not be a “test of purity”. the labels are kinda silly too. I think it’s important for us to be principled conservatives,” Aitchison said. .” The story continues under the ad “I basically just represent people in this area who can’t afford to put food on the table and heat their homes. So it’s an extra expense that Canadians cannot afford, especially the most vulnerable in our society,” Aitchison said. a corner effectively deployed by the Liberal government. boots on the ground that these guns that are used in these heinous crimes are usually guns smuggled across the border,” Aitchison said. “We need to invest more in protecting our borders. We need to invest more to help people struggling to get out of these struggling communities. Young people need to be given hope. When a youngster discovers that the only hope he has is to join a gang? We let this youngster down. In addition to Poilievre, Charest, Brown and now Aitchison, social-conservative flag bearer Leslyn Lewis and independent Ontario MLA Roman Baber have announced their intention to run for leadership. The story continues under the advertisement Candidates have until April 19 to join the race and until June 3 to register members to support their candidacy. The next Conservative leader is expected to be announced on September 10. © 2022 Global News, a division of Corus Entertainment Inc.