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More than one Conservative MP told me they turned on the television Tuesday and, after a few minutes, clicked it off. It was the all-French debate for their party's leadership and even they couldn't bear to watch a bland and at times bitter hodge-podge of current and former MPs, many struggling in a language they don't understand to say little of voter-wowing substance.
The bonds have been straining for a year. Yesterday, the last traces of Conservative Party unity snapped. Ironically it fell to MP Lisa Raitt, the mostly-conciliatory former cabinet minister of many portfolios, to drive a wedge deep into the party.
In the spirit of transitional unity, let us pause to view Trump and his future Canadian connection as a glass one-tenth full instead of nine-tenths empty. There are similarities and possible advantages amid the stark disparities and disadvantages.
Lisa Raitt, a former top-tier cabinet minister from Ontario who served as a model of integration for progressives trying to have sway in Stephen Harper's Reform-rooted party, has entered the Conservative leadership race.
These are challenging times for the once-dominant Conservative party. They're opposing a phenomenally-popular government. They've got leadership hopefuls who keep reminding voters about their backward immigration attitudes and niqab intolerance. But this week, the Conservatives beat the Liberals at compassion and caring, no easy task for a gang of supposedly heartless Harper leftovers.