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Conservatives need to chart ‘uniquely Canadian’ vision of party in wake of Capitol Hill riot, say political players

By Mike Lapointe       

Political parties can choose to either rile up populists within their base, or 'spend the time and do the work' to find out, and address, what is making them angry, says Conservative strategist Ken Boessenkool.

Conservative party leader Erin O’Toole, pictured Oct. 28, 2020, in Ottawa. Pollster Nik Nanos says he believes Mr. O'Toole 'needs to have a blanket position that is against violence, that is in favour of law and order, and in favour of stable democracy.' The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

Multiple Conservatives, including party leader Erin O’Toole, have publicly condemned the violent insurrection that overtook the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 and left five dead. But Canadian strategists, pollsters, and experts say the party still has work to do to address some of the Trump-style, divisive politics within its ranks and that it has to weed out any extremist views that reside within the Conservative tent in Canada.

Mike Lapointe

Mike Lapointe joined the The Hill Times in June 2019 and covers the federal public service, deputy ministers, the Privy Council Office, public service unions, the Phoenix pay system, the machinery of government, and the Parliament Hill media.
- mlapointe@hilltimes.com


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