Once again, the political establishment seeks to suppress free thinking and individuality.
There is growing outrage over Andrew Scheer’s decision to remove Maxime Bernier from the Shadow Cabinet.
The decision was apparently made because Bernier posted a chapter from his unreleased book discussing supply management on his website – which he had apparently said he wouldn’t do. However, Bernier has pushed back, correctly noting that the book chapter doesn’t say anything that wasn’t already known.
I just want to clarify one thing at this time. The chapter on SM posted on my website is THE SAME that was publicly available for weeks on my publisher’s website but was taken down when I decided to postpone the book indefinitely. There is nothing new, I did not “publish” it. https://t.co/UgddahPvyw
— Maxime Bernier (@MaximeBernier) June 13, 2018
Regardless of what happened behind the scenes, it’s outrageous that Bernier was put in the position of not being able to publish his book in the first place. Is our political system really so weak and fragile that it can’t handle a book?
Plus, millions of Canadians oppose supply management. Are they supposed to have no representation in either the federal cabinet or the opposition shadow cabinet? How is that democratic?
As can be seen by viewing comments online, the decision is massively unpopular.
After all, Bernier won the votes of almost half of Conservatives, so to expect him to suppress his views and turn himself into a talking-point machine is a disgrace.
Adults can disagree, and even people in a cabinet or shadow cabinet don’t have to always think the same way. Bernier would stand behind Scheer on 98% of all political issues, so to boot him over that 2% is incredibly foolish.
For many Conservatives and those who would lean towards that party, Andrew Scheer is still seen as an establishment politician – whether that’s fair or not. By contrast, Bernier is seen as a true political outsider, due to his willingness to speak his mind and take Conservative principles to their logical conclusion.
Having both Scheer and Bernier in positions of influence is beneficial for the Conservatives, even if that means dealing with some tension. The booting of Bernier will cause many of those who support him to feel demoralized, which is a huge risk considering that the Conservatives need to be strong, united, and motivated to defeat the corrupt Trudeau government.
There is still time for Scheer to listen to what the people are saying, reverse his decision, and do the right thing by reinstating Maxime Bernier.
Canada’s political system can handle some free thinking and individuality, and it certainly needs it.
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