Quite an amazing showing, if I say so myself. Pierre has been handling media criticism perfectly, and considering there's not even a mainstream Fox News equivalent in Canada, he's been handling the battering and attack angles as if he knew they were coming.We have a new Conservative leader and by extension, Leader of the Opposition - Pierre Poilievre. It's not a surprise that he won, but it is a surprise that he completely and utterly dominated the first ballot with 68% (even most optimistic Poilievre supporters were expecting a victory in the mid-50s at best) while his nearest rival, literal Quebec Liberal Jean Charest, couldn't crack 20%. His victory speech can be viewed live here.
What does this mean? Good news for the Tories overall, Poilievre is not a Liberal in blue like his predecessors and has made his name as an 'attack dog' for the Conservative Party for almost 20 years (in addition to spending several years as a minister in Harper's cabinet toward the end of the latter's majority). He's a harsh critic of the Bank of Canada, the carbon tax and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation as well. Finally, man's very social media savvy. That he could stomp his rivals so decisively on the first ballot also indicates that the Conservative Party is firmly unified behind him - the last two leadership elections went multiple rounds (speaking of which, he'll have hopefully learned from the example of his predecessors and know better than to 'moderate', that is sell out, to try to win the general election when that will in fact accomplish nothing but burn his campaign down).
Hopefully this guy will be the one to finally end Trudeau's reign of terror, because God knows nobody else has a realistic chance at it or (in the case of the NDP's Jagmeet Singh) will even try.
The Liberals and NDP (our socialist party) are in a formal alliance which will likely keep Trudeau in office until 2025. The Conservatives have never formed a coalition with either, and for their part the NDP has also categorically ruled out ever allying with the Conservatives.Weren't the Conservatives basically in an alliance with the Soacialists and Liberals or whatever? Why is this such a great thing?