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CHEAP SEATS: Conservative Party may have missed a golden opportunity



While the Federal Conservative Party of Canada was spending its time taking a hard look at the high profile TV personality they may have missed a golden opportunity.

Yesterday, interim leader Rona Ambrose announced she was stepping aside two weeks early before a new party leader is selected on May 27th. She will also resign her seat as an MP this summer.

Conservative House Leader Candice Bergen said it best yesterday, saying that Ambrose has quote "Consistently shown her sharp intelligence, keen sense of humour, and genuine kindness."

Ambrose was selected as interim-leader for a reason. She was a sharp contrast to what some called the mean spirited campaign tactics and tone used by the Harper Conservatives in 2015. One reason why people chose to go with the more positive message used by Justin Trudeau and the Liberals.

And yet, the part was obsessed with Kevin O'Leary and his aggressive Trump-like approach for months. All the while, Ambrose quietly did her job with dignity, appearing as one of the more likeable and often reasonable people on Parliament Hill.

Now O'Leary is gone and Ambrose is not a Leadership candidate and won't even be in the party in 2019.

That's not only a missed opportunity, it's a big loss for everyone who favours responsible and respectful governments over TV personalities who often self-destruct.

I'm Paul Martin and that's how I see things taking the week to sit in Bill Glisky's Cheap Seats.


Read More: Opinion, From the Cheap Seats, Quinte

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