Vibrant free markets and a respect for individual freedoms are the cornerstones of any prosperous democracy. That’s why it’s so important for Canada’s conservative movement to win the war of ideas, a war we can’t depend on politicians to win for us.And now is the best time to win the war of ideas. The old Trudeau political consensus – a consensus which extolled the virtues of big interventionist government – is falling apart.Canadians are now ready for policies that promote and protect the quality of theirlives. They care less care about ideology and more about what works. This is where conservatives must focus their communication strategy – emphasizing an agenda of how to make government better.Yes, there are roadblocks to conservative success: gag laws, unfair tax policies, a biased media and well-financed opponents.But these problems can be overcome, through better fundraising efforts, throughnew communication technology and through smarter campaigns.For instance, conservatives can successfully get their message across byemploying the “guerrilla warfare” techniques made famous by the NationalCitizens Coalition.In the long run, however, Canada will need a well-financed conservativeorganization of the scale necessary to make a major impact. Canada will needan organization with enough resources and funding to mount long-term strategiccampaigns, using effective advertising, marketing and PR techniques.
Gerry Nicholls is a Senior Fellow with the Democracy Institute andformer vice - president of the National Citizens Coalition.email@example.com
The Trudeau Empire Has Fallen and It Can’t Get Up!
Why now is the time for the Canadian conservative movement to win the War of Ideas
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