Andrew MacDougall: Raising emails, promising to cancel the carbon tax. The Conservatives need to reconsider their leadership in the coronavirus crisis.
Andrew MacDougall is a director of Trafalgar Strategy and was the head of communications for Prime Minister Stephen Harper
The coronavirus crisis is devastating Absolute scale. We will not return to normal for the time being. For a long time.
What is usually said in times of crisis is "everything has changed." But in this case, everything changed. The school has been closed. People don't go to work. The health care system is occupying. Oil prices are below $ 10 per barrel. A brutal recession is coming, and governments are promising coveted payments. They even cancelled hockey. The point is, no one does it as usual.
Unless you are a Conservative Party, you still cannot move on as usual, unless the Conservative Party is still in a leadership race, as if the bottom layer has not fallen out of the world. Fundraising emails are still in the inbox. Commitments to eliminate carbon taxes abound.
Canadians are currently worried about getting sick. They worry about their elderly relatives getting sick. They worry about their jobs and investments. They worry that their children will be kept out of the door and may fall behind. What they don't really care about-at least not now-is who will be coming to Stornoway on June 27.
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The delicate balancing act now facing organizations is judging their needs based on greater interests. With people in survival mode or extreme anxiety mode, the threshold for entering a person's face in high tones is now high. Telling people how you will switch to contactless delivery in the era of coronavirus is undoubtedly a good thing;
Biggers within the Conservative Party are still willing to continue using this virus to prevent disease. They have clearly decided that their constituencies still want to see some action. In this case, they may be right; hoping that someone will lead the fight against Justin Trudeau is undoubtedly an urgent issue in the conservative alliance. The party need only pay attention that it must be much less outside the four walls.
This is the fact: the leadership race does not exist within the membership vacuum. Can be seen by others. By outsiders. Outsiders worry that the coronavirus will waste the global economy. When the government takes unprecedented steps to close the entire Canada-U.S. Border, one's fury over Roxham Road can be misled like a chicken. Sometimes forests, not trees.
None of this is to minimize the importance of having a new Conservative leader. Although Andrew Scheer has the ability and accountability to hold the government accountable while trying to mitigate the impact of COVID-19, he also assumes the role of a huge star who also serves. Permanent leaders of the official opposition will help Canada's democracy at a critical moment.
The question now facing the Conservative Party is whether there is a fairer way to get there, since the world has become a pear. When firing a pistol, everyone agreed to the rules, but those who were lagging early in the game will now find it almost impossible to gain a foothold in a world where no one is allowed to leave home. Despite the party's insistence that no one was asked to protest existing rules or timetables, some of the smaller campaign organizers shouted "overweight" on Twitter. This is not the best look.
This brings us back to the perspective of judging public sentiment. Given that it is unlikely to return to normal by then, will it still make sense to stick to an arbitrary timetable until the end of June? Or does the urgency of our national emergency require a more timely decision? And, given the obstacles faced by juvenile candidates, if the latter cannot be done in a fair way, is it fairer to date sometime behind the coronavirus?
Of course, what to say on the battlefield. We certainly hope that our leaders and front-line workers will continue in this crisis. We hope that our employers continue to work hard so that we have some place to work. And heavenly advance Netflix backend should immediately exit. However, absolutely no one (not just one) is counting on parties to participate.
It's time for the Conservatives to read the conference room and make a phone call, as the status quo is unlikely to please anyone, including the population to be selected in the next election.