KINSELLA: Split of Conservative politicians a challenge to O’Toole’s leadership
One political party. When does it lose?
When it becomes two political parties.
The Conservative Party of Canada is at that point. This week, a Conservative MP non-entity, Marilyn Gladu, basically declared she was forming a new party within the Conservative Party.
She didn’t call it a “party,” admittedly, and she insisted it wasn’t a challenge to the leadership of Erin O’Toole. But it is a challenge to O’Toole’s leadership, such as it is.
Again, Gladu and her 30 fellow Troglodytes wouldn’t describe themselves as “anti-vaccination,” of course. But that’s what they are — they’re against public health policies that were promulgated to prevent another five million humans from dying a horrible death.
It is safe to assume, and those of us in the media have, that these 30 one-time Conservative MPs and Senators are unvaccinated.
They’re getting busy, too.
“We have had a few meetings, and we’re planning to keep meeting, but we haven’t officially kicked off the caucus as a caucus. We’ve just been saying that that’s sort of seeming what it is turning into,” Gladu told the Canadian Press.
Forget about the fact that vaccines have proved to be astonishingly, historically effective in preventing COVID-19. Forget about the fact that unvaccinated people are overwhelmingly the ones filling up ICU beds in hospitals — thereby straining our healthcare system and crowding out people waiting for other lifesaving treatments and surgeries. Forgot about all that.