Saturday, June 04, 2005

Stephen Harper the Quebecer


The next Prime Minister of Canada should come from Quebec and he should be Stephen Harper. This statement may not seem to make much sense at first but I believe that it would represent a brilliant strategic move by the Conservatives to form the next government.

After a week of secret tapes and bribes, let's have some fun and consider an unlikely yet interesting scenario: Stephen Harper the Quebecer. Allow me to propose some 'outside the box' type of thinking...

Stephen Harper should immediately move to the province of Quebec and reside in the riding of Louis-Saint-Laurent from which he should run for its seat in the next federal election. The riding of Louis-Saint-Laurent is the most 'winnable' riding in Quebec for the Conservative Party of Canada. While Stephen Harper is not in Ottawa, he should be in Quebec, he should enroll his children in a school there and he should join its PTA.

"What on Earth could this hope to accomplish", you might ask? The Conservative Party of Canada needs to make a splash in Quebec, and it needs to do so in a big way. It needs to do so not necessarily for electoral success in that province, but for electoral success in Ontario. There could be no greater expressions of outreach, backed up by the perceived risk of incredible personal failure, than by packing the moving van and moving the family to la belle province and by running for election there.

Either that or he'd be viewed as an interloper and Quebec voters punish him for daring to think that he could come in from Alberta and try and act like he is one of them and understands their issues.

To win an election, one must define it. The Conservative Party should commission a poll in Quebec that simply asks if the Liberal party has done more to help or to hurt national unity. The answer will likely surprise people from Ontario. Stephen Harper should then run the Tory campaign, and indeed define the election, on national unity (everyone will understand Adcam as the subtext). This may win enough seats in Ontario to win at least a minority Conservative government. Its time to pull out all the stops and this idea might be radical enough to make the difference.

Now here I think he is 100% on as this is the strategy that I already proposed here though I thought I had brought up the point another time here but perhaps I am just thinking of conversations that I've had over the last month or so, though I don't think that a minority Conservative government would be enough to save Canada as the Liberals and NDP would then have enough power to push the Tories to the left (as certain members of high stature {*cough*McKay*cough} think they should already) and would then leave Alberta alienated and next thing we know, a new Reform Party is born, it's a vicious cycle.