The Conservatives hope that when voters are fed up with Liberal arrogance, or with Liberal mismanagement or with Liberal scandals, they will turn by default to the Conservatives, an unexciting, yet non-threatening alternative, with a reputation for fiscal competence and for promoting law and order.
The Conservative Party usually always has a boring, bland leader—Joe Clark, Jean Charest, Stephen Harper, Andrew Scheer, pictured; it rarely offers much in the way of new or exciting ideas; and generally speaking, its main selling point to voters is that it’s a safe alternative to the Liberals. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
OAKVILLE, ONT.—“They came at us, in the same old style,” is how the Duke of Wellington famously described the French tactics at the Battle of Waterloo.
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