There’s nothing novel about a bunch of politicos getting together at a bar to complain about their own party. Yet, for some reason, we’re supposed to think Scott Gilmore’s New Conservative movement is something different.

Last month, the Maclean’s columnist and card-carrying Tory announced he was embarking on a cross-country tour of Canada to talk to Conservatives about whether they want to reboot their party or even create a new one.

They’re all sold-out and the first event is on Monday in Halifax with the second one coming to Toronto on Tuesday.

This all got underway in one of Gilmore’s recent columns headlined, “Confessions of a self-loathing Tory.” The gist of it is that the author is upset with the current crop of leadership candidates because they’re not progressive enough and therefore the party is heading in the wrong direction.

It’s time, Gilmore writes, for “a conservative party that believes in equality for all regardless of race, creed, language, sexual orientation, or gender — a party that doesn’t see feminism as a left-wing plot, that doesn’t worry if we don’t share the same values, and is not frightened of everyone and everything.”

Really? I mean talk about cliche. If the Broadbent Institute held an essay writing contest at an Occupy rally asking attendees to describe the evils of conservatives, that is approximately how the winning entry would read.

There’s little indication that this is a fair representation of the majority of Conservatives.


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