View From the Hill. By Keith Beardsley – Can O’Toole & Conservatives Get Vaxxed for Self Destruction?

NOVEMBER 24, 2021 – For over three months the Conservatives have been dealing with one issue that they can’t seem to put to bed.

Pretty much every story on the Conservative Party has focused on just one issue- vaccinations.

It is always a negative story- there is nothing positive in for the Conservatives, no matter how the party tries to spin it. Talk about hanging an anvil around your leader’s neck!

First day back there they were again focused on vaccinations all because some of the Conservative MPs either won’t get vaccinated or won’t say. This is one very dumb hill for the Conservatives to take a stand on.

For the Conservatives its vaccines, vaccines, vaccines while for the public it is get lost and get with the program.

Other Conservative leaders like Doug Ford took decisive action. You don’t see him weighed down with this issue day after day.

With galloping inflation hurting Canadian families and especially seniors this constant distraction dilutes any messaging O’Toole, and his key spokespeople try to get out.

It is often said that politics is a team sport unfortunately some of his caucus is very much offside with the Canadian public and you don’t win elections when voters are reminded of this day after day.

That is quite an anvil some of his caucus have handed to O’Toole.


Keith is a former political staffer with over 50 years of active involvement in Canadian politics. He is a former Deputy Chief of Staff to a Prime Minister for Issues Management and he was a senior political advisor involved with political research, Question Period, political attack teams and election war rooms for over 20 years. A well-known political pundit, Keith has appeared many times on Canadian political panels.

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