Decades from now, historians may recall a time when there was such a thing as a “moderate conservative”. These folks believed in low taxes, and fiscal responsibility. They wanted government out of many places—businesses, regulations and, yes, bedrooms. A lot of them even welcomed refugees and supported increasing immigration targets. But you probably won’t see a lot of messaging aimed at these folks during the 2019 federal election.
The populist-courting shift further towards the far-right side of the spectrum is a phenomenon we ascribed to America not so long ago. Well, a federal election is coming and so now it's here in Canada. Why have Andrew Scheer's Conservatives doubled down on their base instead of playing for centrists? What happens to the middle of the spectrum if nobody courts those voters? What's wrong with Canada's Right?
GUEST: Shannon Proudfoot, Maclean's